Originally from Northumberland I have been Professor of Ancient History at Leicester since 2002. After graduating in Classics from Oxford and holding research fellowships there and in Cambridge I have spent most of my career at Leicester. I became a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014 and was awarded a D.Litt. by the University of Oxford in 2020.
I am member of the Oxford Classical Texts Committee and previously served on the UK Education Honours Committee. Earlier I was Chair of the Council of University Classical Departments.
I was the first convener of the Dorothy Buchan Memorial lectures.
I have worked on Greece in the Late Classical Hellenistic and Roman periods especially regional histories such as those of Samos Laconia and the Peloponnese as a whole. I am currently editing Greek geographical writings and will move on to Xenophon’s shorter works. Earlier themes included rural settlement epigraphy urban form and the city-state.
I have also written a short paper about two modern English novels (in Notes & Queries 2014) and papers on J. R. R. Tolkien's response to Classical literature and on Anthony Powell's use of language.
(0) due out 2022/3. (with 14 contributors) Geographers of the Ancient Greek World: Selected Texts in Translation. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [c.490,000 words]
*2019. Pseudo-Skylax's Periplous: The Circumnavigation of the Inhabited World (Text, Translation, and Commentary). 2nd edition. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.
*2018. The Early Hellenistic Peloponnese: Politics, Economies, and Networks, 338-197 BC. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2012. Pseudo-Skylax and the natural philosophers. Journal of Hellenic Studies, 132: 121-38.
2006 (ed. with J. Vanderspoel et al.). The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
*2002 (with W. Cavanagh et al.) Continuity and Change in a Greek Rural Landscape: The Laconia Survey. Vol. i: Methodology and Interpretation. (BSA Supplementary Volumes, 26.) London: British School at Athens.
*2000. The Greek World after Alexander: 330-31 BC. London-New York: Routledge. [Also Modern Greek and Spanish editions.]
1996 (with W. Cavanagh et al.) Continuity and Change in a Greek Rural Landscape: The Laconia Survey. Vol. ii: Archaeological Data. (BSA Supplementary Volumes, 25.) London: British School at Athens.
1996 (ed. with J. B. Salmon) Human Landscapes in Classical Antiquity: Environment and Culture. (Leicester-Nottingham Studies in Ancient Society, 6.) London-New York: Routledge.
1993 (ed. with J. W. Rich) War and Society in the Greek World. (Leicester-Nottingham Studies in Ancient Society, 4.) London-New York: Routledge.
1993 (ed. with J. W. Rich) War and Society in the Roman World. (Leicester-Nottingham Studies in Ancient Society, 4.) London-New York: Routledge.
*1987. A History of Samos 800-188 BC. Oxford: Clarendon Press. [Modern Greek edition due out 2021.].
ancient Greek and hellenistic history
ancient geography and astronomy
Greek historiography and political history
Sparta the Peloponnese Aegean communities
AH1008 Approaching Ancient Evidence: Greek
AH1010/1552 Introduction to Greek History
AH2012 Sources Methods and Theory in Ancient History
AH2022 Classical and Hellenistic Greek States
AH2552 Deconstructing Sparta
AH3001/7301 The Greek World after Alexander
AH3015/7315 Sparta in the Greek World
AR7052/7552 Text and Material Culture (CB/DL master's)
AR7053/7553 Encountering the Classical World (CB/DL master's)
AR7528 Classical Landscapes (DL master's)
Press and media
ancient Greek and hellenistic history and archaeology
ancient Greek geography
ancient history of Sparta and the Peloponnese
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Oxford Classical Texts
Pharos (Netherlands Institute at Athens)
former editor Annual of the British School at Athens (1991-6)
Associación Internacional ‘Geography & Historiography in Antiquity’ (GAHIA)
Association of British Counties (committee member)
British School at Athens Pendlebury Circle
International Association for Research on the Pottery of the Hellenistic Period
Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
2021. Kathleen Kenyon Teaching Recognition Accolade (departmental)
2019. My book 'The Early Hellenistic Peloponnese' was long-listed for the Runciman Prize
2018. Elected member Associación Internacional ‘Geography & Historiography in Antiquity’ (GAHIA)
2007-13. Member of the UK Education Honours Committee.
2000. My book 'The Greek World after Alexander' was short-listed for the Runciman Prize
1999. Visiting Fellow British School at Athens
2018. Chair of the Organizing Committee Classical Association annual conference University of Leicester
2014-21. Led successful campaign for the adoption of a flag for the historic county of Leicestershire
MA D.Phil. D.Litt. (University of Oxford)
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS)
Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS)
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS)
Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA)
Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)