Dr Roger Brock

Dr Roger Brock

Senior Lecturer

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Summary: Greek historiography, particularly Herodotus, and ancient Greek politics, especially citizenship and political thought; Democratic and oligarchic ideology; Greek political imagery; ancient Greek wine.

MA, DPhil (Oxford)

Research Interests

My special interests lie in Greek historiography, particularly Herodotus, and ancient Greek politics, especially citizenship and political thought. I co-edited a volume devoted to the variety of politics in ancient Greece, Alternatives to Athens (OUP 2000, revised paperback 2002), with Steve Hodkinson, and more recently I've published a book on Greek Political Imagery from Homer to Aristotle (Bloomsbury 2013, pb. 2014).  I've also written articles on democratic and oligarchic ideology, as well as on wider topics in Greek history and literature, and am now returning to pursuing my interest, sparked by working on Alternatives to Athens, in ancient Greek citizenship, especially non-political aspects, and the related topic of the functioning of Greek oligarchies.  I also have a long-standing interest in wine in ancient Greece, and am developing a project to re-create it by combining the ancient sources with modern oenological knowledge.


I studied at Oxford both as an undergraduate and a graduate student (in the latter case with a visiting year at the University of Toronto), and then was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ohio State University.

Before coming to Leeds in 1990, I taught at St. Andrews (in Greek) and Balliol College, Oxford (as an ancient historian).


(2013) Greek political imagery from Homer to Aristotle London, pp. xx+252

(2000) (co-edited with S. Hodkinson) Alternatives to Athens: Varieties of Political Organisation and Community in Ancient Greece, Oxford

(2000) (co-edited with G.J. Oliver, T.J. Cornell & S. Hodkinson) The Sea in Antiquity,  Oxford

(1995) (co-edited with A.J. Woodman) Roman Comedy, Augustan Poetry, Historiography (Papers of the Leeds Latin Seminar 8)

(2013)  “Athens’ Sicilian expedition:  contemporary scenarios of its outcome” in A. Powell (ed.) Hindsight in Greek and Roman history, Swansea, 49-70

(2013)  “Cleon’s colourful language” in U. Bultrighini & E. Dimauro (eds.) Homêron ex Homêrou saphênizein: Omaggio a Domenico Musti, Lanciano, 37-46

(2010)  “Retired persons in Herodotus” in G. Firpo (ed.) Fides amicorum:  studi in honore di Carla Fayer, Pescara, 65-72

(2010)  “Setting the scene:  setting the classics” and Appendices 1 (‘Settings of Dulces exuviae’) & 2 (‘Settings of classical texts other than Dulces exuviae before c.1600’), in G. R. Rastall (ed.) The Secular Latin Motet in the Renaissance, Lampeter, 1-16

(2010)  “Citizens and non-citizens in Athenian tragedy”, in D. F. Leão, E. Harris & P.J. Rhodes (eds.) Law and drama in Athens, London, 94-107

(2009) "Did the Athenian empire promote democracy?", in J. Ma, N. Papazarkadas & R. Parker (eds.), Interpreting the Athenian empire:  new essays, London, 149-66

(2007) "Figurative slavery in Greek thought" in A. Serghidou (ed.) Peur de l'esclave - Peur de l'esclavage en Mediterranee ancienne / Fear of Slaves - Fear of Enslavement in the Ancient Mediterranean (XXIXe colloque du GIREA, Rethymnon, 4-7 novembre 2004), 217-24

(2006) "Athens, Sparta and the Wider World", in K. Kinzl (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Classical Greek World 478-323 BCE, Oxford, 84-98

(2006) "The body as a political organism in Greek thought", in F. Prost & J. Wilgaux (edd.), Penser et representer le corps dans l'Antiquite, Rennes, 351-9

(2005) "Timonieri e dottori, padri e servitori: il linguaggio figurato politico nell'ideologia democratica ed antidemocratica", in U. Bultrighini (ed.), Democrazia ed antidemocrazia nel mondo greco (Atti del Convegno Internazionale di Studi Chieti, 9-11 aprile 2003),  Alessandria, 25-34 (with 58-9)

(2004) "Xenophon's political imagery", in C.J. Tuplin (ed.), Xenophon and his world, Stuttgart, 247-57

(2004) "Political imagery in Herodotus", in V. Karageorghis & I. Taifacos (edd.), The World of Herodotus, Nicosia, 169-77

(2004) "Aristotle on sperm competition in birds", Classical Quarterly 54, 277-8

(2003)  "Authorial voice and narrative management in Herodotus", in P. Derow & R. Parker (edd.), Herodotus and his world, Oxford, 3-16

(2000) (with H. Wirtjes), "Athenaeus on Greek wine", in D. Braund & J.M. Wilkins (edd.), Athenaeus and his world, Exeter, 455-65, 587-8

(2000) "Sickness in the body politic" in E. Marshall & V. Hope (edd.), Death and Disease in the Ancient City, London, 24-34

(1998) "Mythical polypragmosyne in Athenian drama and rhetoric", in M. Austin, J. Harris & C. Smith (edd.) Modus Operandi: Essays in honour of Geoffrey Rickman, BICS Supplement 71, 327-38

(1996) "The Tribute of Karystos", Echos du Monde Classique 15, 357-70

(1996)  "Thucydides and the Athenian purification of Delos", Mnemosyne 49, 321-7

(1995) (with M. Heath), "Two passages in Pseudo-Xenophon", Classical Quarterly 45, 564-6

(1995) "Versions, 'inversions' and evasions:  classical historiography and the 'published' speech", Papers of the Leeds Latin Seminar 8, 209-24

(1994) "The labour of women in classical Athens", Classical Quarterly 44, 336-46

(1994) "Greece:  ancient Greece" and "Symposium" in J. Robinson (ed.), The Oxford Companion to Wine, Oxford [revised 2005 for 3rd edition]

(1994) 137 articles on Greek history and political institutions in G. Speake (ed.), A Dictionary of Ancient History, Oxford

(1991) Review-discussion of A.J. Woodman, Rhetoric in Classical Historiography, Liverpool Classical Monthly 16, 97-102

(1991) "The emergence of democratic ideology" Historia  40, 160-69

(1990) "Plato and comedy" in E. Craik (ed.), Owls to Athens: essays on Classical Subjects Presented to Sir Kenneth Dover, Oxford, 39-49

(1989) "Athenian oligarchs: the numbers game" Journal of Hellenic Studies 109, 160-4

(1988) "The courts in 411" Liverpool Classical Monthly 13, 136-8

(1986) "The double plot in Aristophanes' Knights" Greek Roman & Byzantine Studies 27, 15-27