Dr Marcus Chin

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Academic Background

I completed undergraduate and graduate degrees at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia (2014, 2016), before undertaking doctoral studies at Oxford, which I completed in 2021. From 2020-2021 I was a non-stipendiary lecturer in Roman history at Lady Margaret Hall; since 2021 I have been a postdoctoral researcher on the CHANGE project based at the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents.

Research Interests

My research interests centre on the cultural and economic history of the Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean and Western Asia, and in particular in the way this was shaped by the interactions between the localised and imperialising states - villages, cities, federations, kingdoms, empires - that characterised it. My recent work has focussed on how we can read these interactions through epigraphic evidence, as reflections both of institutional, political, and economic realities, but also of ideological idealisation; my doctoral thesis in particular applied this sort of analysis to a study of the culture of euergetism in western Asia Minor, as shaped by Roman domination from the 2nd century BC to early imperial period.


Within the remit of the CHANGE project, I am currently further exploring these themes through a short book-length study of dynastic rulers in pre-Roman Asia Minor, figures who appear sporadically in our literary accounts, epigraphy, and coinage, occupying an intermediate place between imperial rulers and local communities, and who have not really been examined as a whole over this period. Other work has included the compilation of an electronic index of monetary and economic data across the pre-Roman epigraphy of Asia Minor, which will be published online within a linked open data framework, and with future projects including further articles on particular inscriptions and coinages, a historiographical study of gift-giving in Diodoros Siculus, and an edited volume (with Simon Glenn and Leah Lazar) on Hellenistic monetary economies.

Research Keywords

Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman history; epigraphy; numismatics; historiography; Asia Minor


I have taught classes for Texts and Contexts, and tutorials in the Roman history options for Mods and Greats (Cicero and Catiline, Tacitus and Tiberius, Augustan Rome, Roman History 5 and 6, Nero to Hadrian), and the Religions paper for Greats.


Full Publications: Dr Marcus Chin full list of Publications Sept 2023

Selected Publications:

‘OGIS 332 and civic authority at Pergamon in the reign of Attalos III’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 208 (2018) 121-137. (with L. Lazar) ‘Antipatros of Derbe, Akmoneia and Rome in a Notebook of William Mitchell Ramsay’, Philia 6 (2020) 42-52.

‘The career of Menogenes son of Isidoros and relations between Sardeis and the koinon of Asia under Augustus and Tiberius’, Historia 71.4 (2022) 422-458.

‘Some observations on koina and monetary economy in Hellenistic Asia Minor’, Gephyra 25 (2023) 189-221.

‘Roman power and the memorial turn in civic honourability in western Asia Minor, c. 85 BCE – 14 CE’, in Dialogues d’histoire ancienne, Supplement 26 (‘Les cités grecques face à l’imperium Romanum. Résilience, participation et adhesion des communautés grecques à la construction d’un empire (IIe s. av. – Ier s. de n.è.), 2023, 201-224.