Gareth Smith

My interests revolve around imperialism, warfare and democracy in Classical Athens, with a particular focus on ideology and community dynamics through literary and epigraphic sources. My thesis aims to contribute to our picture of Athenian hegemonic self-image and ideology during the 420s BC by exploiting the value of Aristophanic comedy as a source for popular perceptions of Athenian imperialism during the Peloponnesian War.

I obtained my BA in Classics from The Queen's College, Oxford and have developed a wide range of other interests, many of which I have also written on as part of my MPhil. These include classical Greek cavalry, naval and siege warfare; cross-cultural interaction between early Greece and ancient Mesopotamia; and a variety of fifth-century Greek literature, especially choral lyric poetry, Thucydides and Plato. I have also completed two seasons of archaeological fieldwork in Thessaly, Greece.