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Dr Samuel Gartland

Lecturer in Ancient History

Dr Gartland is departmental lecturer in Greek History and lecturer in Ancient History at Corpus Christi and Christ Church. 


My research is involved with finding new approaches to the study of ancient history, with particular interests in experiences of marginalisation and subordination, as well as a focus on the role that space and senses had in affecting behaviour in ancient Greece. Much of my work has been based in Central Greece, with Boiotia and Thebes providing much of the interest.

Current projects I coordinate include:

Subordinates and Subordination in Ancient Greece (with Prof David Tandy)
The Peloponnesian War (with Prof Robin Osborne)
Aristophanes and the Current Political Moment (with Prof Constanze Guthenke)
Epichoric Perspectives in Greek History (with Dr Roger Brock)

Teaching and Outreach

My tutorial teaching covers all Greek history papers, and in 2017/18 I will lecture on Texts and Contexts (Persian Wars and Dionysus), Greek Fourth Century History, and Philip and Demosthenes. I received a Teaching Excellence Award from the university in 2013 for innovation in teaching, and I’m currently involved in establishing new postgraduate interdisciplinary teaching projects at the Ashmolean museum. 

I have recently overseen the return of the Corpus Coin Collection from the Ashmolean, and these coins are now used in research, teaching and outreach activities in the college:

I regularly visit schools across Corpus Christi’s area of outreach in the northwest as well as running sessions in the college for visiting schools. I have established a new ‘ancient world network’  for year 12 students in and around Manchester and the northern Peak District, based at our hub school, Loreto Sixth Form College in central Manchester. 

For details about the events see: 

If you would like to become involved in the network, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Selected Publications

'Thebes', in The Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World: Archaeohistories of 28 Sites, Sanctuaries, and Regions, P. Cartledge and P. Christensen (eds.), (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Boiotia in the Fourth Century BC, University of Pennsylvania Press (2017).

'The electrum coinage of Thebes', Numismatic Chronicle 2013, (2013), 23-32.

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