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Dr Emma Nicholson

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History

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I am an Ancient Historian and work mainly on Hellenistic history and historiography. My research interests include Polybios, Philip V of Macedon, the Antigonids, Hellenistic kingship, ancient political thought, cultural politics, rhetoric and interstate relations. 

I am currently working on converting my PhD thesis into a monograph entitled Philip V of Macedon in Polybios' Histories

My next project is entitled ‘Polybios and the Challenge of Change’. It will produce the first full-scale investigation of Polybios’ Histories as a response to the challenges of political and social change faced by the ancient Mediterranean after the collision of Greece and Rome in the third and second centuries BC - the key change being the transition from a world subject to Hellenistic kingdoms to a world subject to Rome. The aim is to explore Polybios’ work from a new perspective: not just as a treatise on imperialism, but also as one on the nature of change and how to cope with it.

Research interests

My research interests range broadly across Hellenistic history, historiography and epigraphy, with a focus on Polybios, Philip V of Macedon, the Antigonids, ancient Macedonia, Hellenistic kingship, ancient political thought, cultural-politics, rhetoric and interstate relations. 

I am currently working on converting my PhD thesis into a monograph entitled Philip V of Macedon in Polybios' Histories. This project was originally funded by an AHRC Fellowship.

My next research project is entitled ‘Polybios and the Challenge of Change’. It will produce the first full-scale investigation of Polybios’ Histories as a response to the challenges of political and social change faced by the ancient Mediterranean after the collision of Greece and Rome in the third and second centuries BC - the key change being the transition from a world subject to Hellenistic kingdoms to a world subject to Rome. The aim is to explore Polybios’ work from a new perspective: not just as a treatise on imperialism, but also as one on the nature of change and how to cope with it.

 

Teaching

Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm

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Biography

I studied Ancient History at Royal Holloway, University of London (BA 2008), and continued at Royal Holloway for my MA (2009) via the London intercollegiate programme. After an interrim in industry and teaching in China, I started my PhD at Newcastle University in 2012, fully funded by a AHRC Doctoral Fellowship and specialising in Polybios and Philip V of Macedon. In the spring of 2015, I also received funding for a research trip to Germany from the AHRC and the DAAD, and visited Friedrich-Alexander Universitaet in Erlangen-Nuremberg, Freiburg University, as well as the University of Bologna. After completing my PhD in 2015, I taught at Newcastle (2015-2016) and Edinburgh (2016-2017), before coming to the University of Exeter as a Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History in September 2017.

In my early years, my family and I lived in Taiwan. We returned to the UK in 2000 and settled near Reading.