Dr Marco Santini

Academic Background

I studied Classics and Ancient History at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa and the University of Pisa, where I earned a BA (2014) and an MA (2016). I then obtained a PhD in Ancient History from the Department of Classics of Princeton University (December 2021). While in graduate school, I joined exchange programs with the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of the University of Pennsylvania, the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World of New York University, and the Historisches Seminar of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität of Munich. After completing my PhD, I spent one more semester at Princeton as a Postgraduate Research Associate and Lecturer. I came to Oxford and joined Magdalen College as a Fellow by Examination in Ancient History in October 2022.

Research Interests

My main research interests lie in the political, social, and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean between the second and first millennia BC, with a special focus on the Aegean, Anatolia, and the Levant and their relations with the wider Near East. Major themes I address in my research include political thought and practice, ethnic identity, cultural memory, multiculturalism and multilingualism. I am currently working on a book project which argues for the existence of shared structural patterns in political thought and practice across Greece, Anatolia, and the Levant during the Iron Age.

Alongside Iron Age political systems, I devoted a substantial part of my research to the cultural history of Hellenistic Caria, with a focus on the city of Halikarnassos. I also have an interest in the languages and scripts of the ancient Mediterranean and Near East (especially Anatolian and Semitic).

For more information see my CV.

Research Keywords

Ancient Mediterranean; Greek History; Ancient Near East; Anatolia; Late Bronze Age; Iron Age; political thought and practice; ethnicity; cross-cultural interaction


Full Publications:

Selected Publications:

“Languages, Peoples, and Power: Some Near Eastern Perspectives”, Chatreššar 4/1, 2021, pp. 5-39.

“A Rhetoric of Accumulation: The Multi-Ethnic Identity of Halikarnassos in Antiquarian and Public Discourse”, in A. Payne, Š. Velhartická, and J. Wintjes (eds.), Beyond All Boundaries: Anatolia in the First Millennium BC (Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 295). Peeters: Leuven, Paris, Bristol (CT) 2021, pp. 604-635.

“Bellerophontes, Pegasos and the Foundation of Halikarnassos. Contributions to the Study of the Salmakis Inscription”, Studi Classici e Orientali 63, 2017, pp. 109-143.

“A Multi-Ethnic City Shapes Its Past. The ‘Pride of Halikarnassos’ and the Memory of Salmakis”, Annali della Scuola Normale di Pisa. Classe di Lettere e Filosofia 8/1, 2016, pp. 3-35.

For a full list see my CV.