Dr Aneurin Ellis-Evans

Academic Background

As an undergraduate I studied Ancient and Modern History at Balliol College (2005-2008). I then went on to do the Masters in Greek and Roman History at Balliol (2008-2010), where I wrote a thesis on the role of geography in Quintus Curtius Rufus' Historiae Alexandri Magni. During the MPhil, I also got the opportunity to explore the social and economic history of the Hellenistic world and to learn the disciplines of epigraphy and papyrology. For my DPhil in Ancient History at New College (2010-2013) I became interested in how to write history with geography, and ultimately I wrote a thesis about processes of regional integration on Lesbos and in the Troad. After finishing my doctorate, I was a Junior Research Fellow in Classics at The Queen's College (2013-2016), during which time I developed an interest in what the evidence of coins can tell us about regional dynamics.

Research Interests

My first book was a regional history of Lesbos and the the Troad from the 7th c. BC – 1st c. AD which explored the political, cultural, and social history of regional integration (The Kingdom of Priam: Lesbos and the Troad between Anatolia and the Aegean, OUP 2019). I continue to work on the history of Lesbos and the Troad by exploring the largely unstudied coinages of the region from the 6th - 1st c. BC. My next project is a social and cultural history of literary production in the Greek city-states of the Hellenistic period. This will look at how the dynamics of the polis shaped the literary culture of the Hellenistic world.

Research Keywords

Greek history 800 BC - AD 300, historical geography, literature and politics in the post-classical polis, Greek numismatics, Greek epigraphy.



Selected Publications