Professor Andrew Erskine

Professor of Ancient History

Current PhD students supervised

  • Ellis, Sam. PhD. The discourse of one-man rule and its justification in the context of the Greek poleis from the Archaic Period to the Early Hellenistic Period. Secondary
  • Mazloum, Gladys. PhD. Characterization in the Histories of Polybius. Primary
  • McCaffrey, David. PhD. Post-Conflict Settlement in the Seleucid empire. Primary
  • Moodie, Meg. PhD.. Funerary Architecture of Ancient North Africa from the Prehistoric to the Third Century BCE. Secondary
  • Velliou, Panagiota. PhD. Language and Politics in the World of the Hellenistic Poleis: the Evidence of Inscriptions. Joint. link

Past PhD students supervised

  • Herzogenrath-Amelung, Tristan. PhD. A comparative analysis of military loyalty in the armies of the Greek city-states and Hellenistic kingdoms. Primary. 2018
  • Valachova, Cas. PhD. The Political and philosophical strategies of Roman Epicureans in the Late Republic. Primary. Completed 201. 8link
  • Close, Elke. PhD. Megalopolis and the Achaean Koinon: Local identity and the federal state. Primary. Completed 2017. link
  • Gale, Liam. PhD. The Hellenistic Galatians: Representation and self-presentation. Primary. Completed 2017
  • Dubreuil, Raphaela. PhD. Theatrica and political action in Plutarch. Secondary. Completed 2017
  • Ito, Masayuki. PhD. Roman diplomatic methods in the middle republic. Primary. Completed 2016
  • Parmar, Hiteshkumar. PhD. Strabo and India. Secondary. Completed 2016
  • Nenci, Nicola. PhD. Taking Apollo by the horns. Reconsidering the cult(s) of Apollo Karneios in the Mediterranean. Secondary. Completed 2016. link
  • Murray, Lauren. PhD. Aristocratic fathers and sons in the middle and late Roman republic. Primary. Completed 2015
  • Holton, John. PhD. The image of the Basileus: The common character of royal self-presentation in the early Hellenistic world (323-276 BC). Primary. Completed 2014
  • Lu, Houliang. PhD. Xenophon’s Theory of Moral Education. Secondary. Completed 2014
  • Megrelis, Marc. PhD. Religion and cultural conservatism in Lycia: Xanthos and the Letoon. Primary. Completed 2013. link
  • Liong, Katherine. PhD. Cicero de re militari: a civilian perspective on military matters in the late republic. Primary. Completed 2011
  • Wallace, Shane. PhD. The Freedom of the Greeks in the Early Hellenistic Period. A Study of the Ruler/City Relations. Primary. Completed 2011

The list below is a subset of the information held on the University of Edinburgh PURE system, and includes Books, Chapters, Articles and Conference contributions. For a full list, including details of other publication types (e.g. reviews), please see the Edinburgh Research Explorer page for Professor Andrew Erskine.

Books - Authored

Waterfield, R. and Erskine, A. (2016) Plutarch: Hellenistic Lives Including Alexander the Great. Oxford University Press

Erskine, A. (2010) Roman Imperialism. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Erskine, A. (2001) Troy between Greece and Rome: Local Tradition and Imperial Power. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Erskine, A. (1990) The Hellenistic Stoa: Political Thought and Action. London: Gerald Duckworth & Co.

Books - Edited

Canevaro, M., Erskine, A., Gray, B. and Ober, J. (eds.) (2018) Ancient Greek History and Contemporary Social Science.Edinburgh: Edinburgh University PressDOI:

Erskine, A., Llewellyn-Jones, L. and Wallace, S. (eds.) (2017) The Hellenistic Court: Monarchic Power and Elite Society from Alexander to Cleopatra. Classical Press of WalesDOI:

Erskine, A., Bagnall, R., Brodersen, K., Champion, C. and Huebner, S. (eds.) (2013) The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. WileyDOI:

Erskine, A. and Llewellyn-Jones, L. (eds.) (2010) Creating a Hellenistic World. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales

Berry, D. and Erskine, A. (eds.) (2010) Form and Function in Roman Oratory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Bremmer, J. and Erskine, A. (eds.) (2010) The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Erskine, A. (ed.) (2009) A Companion to Ancient History. Wiley-BlackwellDOI:

Erskine, A. (ed.) (2003) A Companion to the Hellenistic World. Oxford: Wiley-BlackwellDOI:


Erskine, A. (2004) Book review: B. Dignas, Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor. The Journal of Roman Studies (JRS), pp. 263 - 264DOI:

Erskine, A. (2003) Cicero and the Shaping of Hellenistic Philosophy. Hermathena, 175, pp. 5-15

Erskine, A. (2002) Life after death: Alexandria and the body of Alexander. Greece and Rome, 49, pp. 163-179

Erskine, A. (2000) Polybios and Barbarian Rome. Mediterraneo Antico 3, pp. 165-182

Erskine, A. (1998) Cato, Caesar and the Name of the Republic in Lucan 2. Scholia 7, pp. 118-20

Erskine, A. (1998) Trojan Horseplay in Rome. Dialogos: Hellenic Studies Review 5, 5, pp. 131-38

Erskine, A. (1997) Delos, Aeneas and IG XI.4.756. Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik, pp. 133-37

Erskine, A. (1997) Greek Gifts and Roman Suspicion. Classics Ireland, pp. 33-45

Erskine, A. (1997) Greekness and Uniqueness: the Cult of the Senate in the Greek East. Phoenix 51, pp. 25-37

Erskine, A. (1996) Money-Loving Romans. Papers of the Leeds International Latin Seminar, pp. 1-11

Erskine, A. (1995) Culture and power in Ptolemaic Egypt: The Museum and Library of Alexandria. Greece and Rome, 42(1), pp. 38-48

Erskine, A. (1991) Hellenistic monarchy and Roman political invective. The Classical Quarterly, 41(1), pp. 106-120DOI:


Erskine, A. (2020) Changes of fortune: Polybius and the transformation of Greece. In: Klooster, J. and Kuin, I. (eds.) After the Crisis: Remembrance, Re-anchoring and Recovery in Ancient Greece and Rome. London: Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 65-81

Erskine, A. (2018) Standing up to the Demos: Plutarch, Phocion and the democratic life. In: Canevaro, M. and Gray, B. (eds.) The Hellenistic Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 237-259DOI:

Erskine, A. (2014) Ruler cult and the Early Hellenistic City. In: Hauben, H. and Meeus, A. (eds.) The Age of the Successors and the Creation of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (323-276 B.C.). Peeters, pp. 579-598

Erskine, A. (2013) Encountering Carthage: Mid-Republican Rome and Mediterranean culture. In: Gardner, A., Herring, E. and Lomas, K. (eds.) Creating Ethnicities & Identities in the Roman World. Oxford University Press, pp. 113-129

Erskine, A. (2013) The view from the East. In: Prag, J. and Crawley Quinn, J. (eds.) The Hellenistic West: Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean. Cambridge University Press, pp. 14-34

Erskine, A. (2013) How to rule the world: Polybius Book 6 reconsidered. In: Gibson, B. and Harrison, T. (eds.) Polybius and his World: Essays in Memory of F.W. Walbank. Oxford University Press, pp. 231-246

Erskine, A. (2013) Founding Alexandria in the Alexandrian imagination. In: Ager, S. and Faber, R. (eds.) Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World. University of Toronto Press, pp. 169-183DOI:

Erskine, A. (2013) Polybius and Ptolemaic sea power. In: Buraselis, K., Stefanou, M. and Thompson, D. (eds.) The Ptolemies, the Sea and the Nile: Studies in Waterborne Power. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 82-96

Erskine, A. (2012) Polybius among the Romans: Life in the Cyclops' Cave. In: Smith, C. and Yarrow, L. (eds.) Imperialism, Cultural Politics, and Polybius. Oxford University Press, pp. 17-32DOI:

Berry, D. and Erskine, A. (2010) Form and function. In: Berry, D. and Erskine, A. (eds.) Form and Function in Roman Oratory. Cambridge University Press, pp. 1-17

Erskine, A. (2009) Ancient History and National Identity. In: Erskine, A. (ed.) A Companion to Ancient History. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 555-63

Erskine, A. (2007) Cicero and the Expression of Grief. In: S Morton Braund, C. (ed.) The Passions in Roman Thought and Literature. Cambridge University Press, pp. 36-47

Erskine, A. (2006) Rhetoric and Persuasion in the Hellenistic World: Speaking up for the Polis. In: Worthington, I. (ed.) A Companion to Greek Rhetoric. Blackwell Publishing Ltd, pp. 272-85

Erskine, A. (2005) Unity and Identity: Shaping the Past in the Greek Mediterranean. In: Gruen, E. (ed.) Cultural Borrowings and Ethnic Appropriations in Antiquity (Oriens et Occidens 8). Franz Steiner, pp. 121-136

Erskine, A. (2004) The Trojan War in Italy: Myth and Local Tradition. In: Moron, J., Andreotti, G. and Ponce, F. (eds.) Historia y Mito: el pasado legendario como fuente de autoriadad. Centro de Ediciones de la Diputacion de Malaga, pp. 97-107

Erskine, A. (2003) Approaching the Hellenistic World. In: Erskine, A. (ed.) A Companion to the Hellenistic World.Oxford: Blackwell

Erskine, A. (2003) Distant Cousins and International Relations: Syngeneia in the Hellenistic World. In: K Buraselis, K. (ed.) The Idea of European Community in History: Aspects of Connecting Poleis and Ethne in Ancient Greece. Athens: Education Centre of Greece, pp. 203-216

Erskine, A. (2002) O Brother, Where are thou? Tales of Kinship and Diplomacy. In: Ogden, D. (ed.) New Perspectives on the Hellenistic World. London/Swansea: University of Wales Press/Duckworth, pp. 97-115

Erskine, A. (1999) Zenon. In: Brodersen, K. (ed.) GroBe Gestalten der griechischen Antike: 58 historische Portraits von Homer bis Kleopatra. C H Beck, pp. 414-20

Conference contribution

Erskine, A. (2015) Polybius and the anger of the Romans. In:  Emotions Between Greece and Rome. Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London