Marcus Chin

My thesis explores the historical development of euergetism in the Greek cities of western Asia Minor under Roman rule, and the degree to which reciprocity and honour negotiated the interactions  between Rome, local elites, and civic communities. Otherwise I am broadly interested in the relationship between empires and communities in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, with a focus currently on its manifestations in the epigraphic and archaeological evidence (as a source for economic, socio-cultural, and ideological changes). I am also interested in the interactions between ancient Mediterranean antiquity and the contemporaneous cultures and civilisations across Eurasia (particularly Iran, India, and China) as part of global ancient history, from 200 BCE to 500 CE, and beyond.