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Dr Jonathan R.W. Prag
BA MA Oxf, PhD Lond


Fellow and Tutor, Merton College
Associate Professor in Ancient History, Faculty of Classics


Merton College

Tel No: (01865) 276281

Dr Jonathan R.W. Prag

Research Keywords:

Ancient Sicily, Roman Republic, Epigraphy

Research Interests:

Much of my research has taken Hellenistic and Roman Sicily as its starting point, with interests in questions of identity, Roman provincial imperialism, the Punic Mediterranean, and the use of epigraphy in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. I have published on all those topics, and my current research includes: directing a project to publish a digital corpus of Sicilian epigraphy, including a catalogue of the epigraphic material in Syracuse museum; writing a monograph on the Roman Republic’s use of non-Italian soldiers (auxilia externa); collaborating in a project to produce new editions with commentary of Cicero’s Verrine orations; the publication of several new Sicilian inscriptions, including the bronze rostra from the Battle of the Aegates Islands; and work to challenge our existing approaches to Republican imperialism.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Prag-Publications-to-2013.pdf

Selected Publications:

'Phoenix and Poenus: usage in antiquity', in Identifying the Punic Mediterranean, Quinn J, Vella N (eds.), (British School at Rome 2014 in press).

'Epigraphy in the western Mediterranean: a Hellenistic phenomenon?', in The Hellenistic West, Prag JRW, Quinn J (eds.), (Cambridge University Press 2013), 320-347.

'Introduction', in The Hellenistic West: Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean, J.R.W. Prag and J.C. Quinn (eds.), (Cambridge University Press 2013), 1-13.

'Provincials, patrons, and the rhetoric of repetundae', in Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome, Steel C, Van Der Blom H (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2013), 267-283.

'Sicilian Identity in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods: Epigraphic Considerations', in Epigraphical Approaches to the Postclassical Polis: Fourth Century BC to Second Century AD, Martzavou P, Papazarkadas N (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2013), 37-53.

The Hellenistic West: Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean., Prag JRW, Crawley Quinn J. (eds.), Co-author: Crawley Quinn J., (Cambridge University Press 2013), Website: