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Nikolaos Papazarkadas


Associate Professor of Ancient History 



I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Athens, and, following a one-year stint at the Greek Archaeological Service, I pursued a DPhil in Ancient History (New College, University of Oxford) under the supervision of Prof. Parker. I held a lectureship in Classics at Trinity College Dublin and a two-year postdoc fellowship at St Hilda’s (Oxford) before moving to the University of California (Berkeley), where I worked as assistant and, later, associate professor of Classics (2007-2018). I am also one of the Senior Fellows of the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies. 

Research Keywords:

Greek and Roman history; Graeco-Roman epigraphy; Greek art and archaeology; history of Classical scholarship. 

Research Interests:

I have long had an interest in ancient Athens, especially in its political, economic, and religious institutions, topics I examined in my monograph Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens (Oxford University Press 2011). Much of my work has focused on the Cyclades, in particular the island of Siphnos. In recent years I have turned my attention to the region of Boeotia, especially the polis of Thebes, and I am one of the members of the international team that is currently preparing a new edition of Inscriptiones Graecae VII under the aegis of the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften. I am one of the four senior editors of the annual authoritative database of Greek inscriptions, Supplementum Epigraphicum Graecum


Over the years I have offered dozens of courses not only on Greek and Roman history, but also on Greek archaeology (an old passion of mine), and Greek and Latin language. I have taught and supervised doctoral students working on diverse topics, including the Athenian Empire, urbanization in early Hellenistic Greece, and Late Antique honorific monuments. 

Select publications:

Sacred and Public Land in Ancient Athens (series: Oxford Classical Monographs), Oxford 2011.

 ‘The Epigraphy of Honours at Siphnos: New Evidence’, in P. Martzavou and N. Papazarkadas (edd.), Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-Classical Polis, 4th cent. B.C. – 2nd cent. AD (series: Oxford Studies in Ancient Documents) Oxford 2014, pp. 181-198 

‘Epigraphy in Early Modern Greece’, Journal of the History of Collections 26.2 (2014), pp. 399-412. 

‘Two Epigrams from Thebes’, in N. Papazarkadas (ed.) The Epigraphy and History of Boeotia: New Finds, New Prospects (series: Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy) Leiden and Boston 2014, pp. 223-251.

 ‘Athens, Sigeion, and the Politics of Approbation during the Ionian War’, in A. P. Matthaiou & R. Pitt (edd.), ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ ΕΠΙΣΚΟΠΟΣ: Studies in Honor of Harold B. Mattingly (Greek Epigraphic Society), Athens 2014, pp. 215-240. 

‘The Epigraphic Habit(s) in Fourth-Century Boiotia’, in S. D. Gartland (ed.), Boiotia in the Fourth Century B.C., Philadelphia 2016, pp. 121-146, 198-203. 

‘Judicial and Financial Administration in Late Hellenistic Athens: A New Decree of the Athenian Council’, Hesperia 86 (2017), pp. 325-357. 

“Pindaric Reverberations: An Unpublished Inscription from the Museum of Thebes”, in F. Camia, L. Del Monaco, M. Nocita (edd.), Munus Laetitiae: Studi miscellanei offerti a Maria Letizia Lazzarini, vol. I (Rome 2018), pp. 19-32. 

‘Festival Networks in Late Hellenistic Boeotia: from Kinship to Political Rejuvenation’, in M. Dana and I. Savalli-Lestrade (edd.), La cité interconnectée : transferts et réseaux institutionnels, religieux et culturels aux époques hellénistique et impériale. Actes du colloque international organisé à ANHIMA, Paris, 24-25 juin 2016 (Ausonius), Bordeaux 2019, pp. 205-221.



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