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Professor Daniel Ogden



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Professor of Ancient History; Honorary Research Fellow, UNISA


Principal research areas:

(1) traditional narratives in antiquity;

(2) Greek religion;

(3) Macedonian and Hellenistic Dynasties.

For my publications click the 'Research' tab (not the 'Publications' tab), right. Enquiries are welcome from prospective PhD students.

I am a member of the network Núcleo de Estudos da Antiguidade, State University of Rio de Janeiro, and a Research Associate of the Waterloo Hellenistic Centre.


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My wife is Dr Eriko Ogden, Honorary University Fellow in the department.

Research interests

My principal research fields are:

(1) traditional narratives in antiquity;

(2) Greek religion;

(3) Macedonian and Hellenistic Dynasties.

One or more of these fields is touched upon in most of my existing publications, the list of which offers a more particular guide to my research interests:



1.Greek Bastardy in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods, OUP Classical Monograph (OUP UK, Oxford, 1996). 430 pp.

2.The Crooked Kings of Ancient Greece (Duckworth-Bloomsbury, London, 1997). vi + 234 pp.

3.Polygamy, Prostitutes and Death. The Hellenistic Dynasties (Duckworth and Classical Press of Wales, London, 1999). xxxiv + 317 pp.

4.Greek and Roman Necromancy (Princeton University Press, Princeton, 2001). xxxii + 313 pp. Softback edition, 2004.

5.Magic, witchcraft and ghosts in the Greek and Roman worlds: a sourcebook (OUP USA, New York, 2002). xii + 353 pp.

6.Aristomenes of Messene. Legends of Sparta’s Nemesis (Classical Press of Wales, Swansea, 2003). xxiv + 244 pp.

7.In Search of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice: the traditional tales of Lucian’s Lover of Lies. (Classical Press of Wales, Swansea, 2007). x + 310 pp.

8.Perseus. Routledge Gods and Heroes series (Routledge, London, 2008). xxiv +194 pp.

9.Night’s Black Agents: Witches, wizards and ghosts in the Ancient World. (Hambledon –Continuum-Bloomsbury, London, 2008). x + 230 pp.

10.Magic, witchcraft and ghosts in the Greek and Roman worlds: a sourcebook 2nd ed. (OUP USA, New York, 2009). 400 pp.

11.Nekromantie. Das antike Wissen über die Totenbeschwörung durch Magie (Roter Drache, Rudostadt, 2010). 364 pp. German translation of Greek and Roman Necromancy.

12.Alexander the Great: Myth, Genesis and Sexuality (University of Exeter Press, Exeter 2011). xii + 276 pp. Shortlisted (with 6 others, out of 35 entries) for the 2012 Runciman award.

13.Archaia hellenike kai romaike nekromanteia (Hekate [Ekati], Athens, 2011). Modern Greek translation of Greek and Roman Necromancy. 375 pp.

14.Drak┼Źn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman World. (OUP UK, 2013). xviii + 472 pp.

15.Dragons, Serpents and Slayers in the Classical and Early Christian Worlds: a Sourcebook (OUP USA, New York, 2013). xxvi + 319 pp.



16.CO-AUTHORED with V. Flint, R. Gordon, and G. Luck, The Athlone History of Witchcraft and Magic in Europe. Vol. 2. Ancient Greece and Rome (series eds. B. Ankarloo and S. and Clark) (Athlone, London [subsequently Continuum, then Bloomsbury], and University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1999). 25% contribution, `Binding spells: curse tablets and voodoo dolls in the Greek and Roman worlds', at pp.1-90.

17.CO-AUTHORED with V. Flint, R. Gordon and G. Luck, Bruxaria e Magia na Europa. Grécia Antiga e Roma. Madras: Sao Paulo, Brazil, 2004. Portuguese trans. of Ogden et al. 1999. My contribution: ‘Encantamentos de amarração’, pp.17-101.

18.EDITED, The Hellenistic World. New Perspectives (Duckworth and Classical Press of Wales, 2002). xxv + 318 pp.

19.EDITED, A Companion to Greek Religion. (Blackwell, Oxford, 2007). xxii + 497 pp.

20.CO-EDITED, with E.D. Carney Philip and Alexander: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives. (OUP USA, New York, 2010). xxiii + 343 pp.



21.`Cleisthenes of Sicyon, leuster' CQ 43 (1993) 353-363.

22.`Crooked speech: the genesis of the Spartan rhetra' JHS 114 (1994) 85-102.

23.`Women and bastardy in ancient Greece' in Powell, A., ed., The Greek world (Routledge, London, 1995) 219-244.

24.`Homosexuality and warfare in ancient Greece' in Lloyd, A.B., ed., Battle in antiquity (Duckworth and CPW, London, 1996) 107-68. ISBN 0-7156-2695-7. Re-issued in paperback, 2009.

25.`Rape, adultery and the protection of bloodlines in classical Athens' in Deacy, S., and Pierce, K.F., eds, Rape in antiquity (Duckworth & CPW, London, 1997) 25-41. A revised and repackaged second edition of this successful volume appeared in 2002.

26.`What was in Pandora's box?' in Fisher, N., and Van Wees, H., eds., Archaic Greece: new approaches and new evidence (Duckworth & CPW, London, 1998) 213-30.

27.‘Totenorakel in der griechischen Antike’ in Brodersen, K., ed., Prognosis. Studien zur Funktion von Zukunftsvorhersagen in Literatur und Geschichte seit der Antike (2001, Münster). 39-60. [In German.]

28.‘The Ancient Greek Oracles of the Dead’, Acta Classica 44 (2001) 167-95. ISSN 0065-1141.[A reworked version of the above.]

29.`Controlling women’s dress: gynaikonomoi’ in Llewellyn-Jones, L., ed., Women's Dress in the ancient Greek world (Duckworth & CPW, London, 2002) 203-26.

30.`Lucan’s Sextus Pompeius episode: its necromantic, political and literary background’ in Powell, A., and Welch, K., eds., Sextus Pompeius (CPW & Duckworth, London, 2002) 249-71.

31.`Three evocations of the dead with Pausanias’, in Hodkinson, S., ed., Beyond the Spartan mirage (Duckworth and CPW, London, 2002) 111-33.

32.‘Aristomenes and his talismanic shield’, for Figueira, T.J., ed. Spartan Society (CPW, Swansea, 2004) 283-308.

33.‘Eucrates and Demainete’ CQ 54 (2004) 484-93.

34.‘The Apprentice’s Sorcerer: the man and his powers in context: Lucian Philopseudes 33-6’ Acta Classica 47 (2004) 101-126.

35.‘The function of the Pellichus sequence at Lucian Philopseudes 18-20’ Scripta Classica Israelica 24 (2005) 1-19.

36.5 entries for Golden, R. M., ed. Encyclopedia of witchcraft: the western tradition. 4 vols., ABC-Clio, Santa Barbara, 2006. Entries are: ‘Circe’, i, 190-1; ‘Defixiones’, i, 255; ‘Greek Magical Papyri’, ii, 456-7; Homer, ii, 5-7-8; ‘Laws on witchcraft (ancient)’, iii, 632-3.

37.‘Lucian’s tale of the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in context’ in Szpakowska, K., ed. Through a Glass Darkly. Magic, Dreams and Prophecy in Ancient Egypt. CPW, Swansea, 2006. 121-43.

38.‘Two studies in the reception and representation of Alexander’s sexuality’ in Heckel, W., Tritle, L., and Wheatley, P., eds. Alexander’s empire . Formulation to decay. Regina Press, Claremont, 2007. 75-108.

39.‘Magic in the Severan period’ in Swain, S., Elsner, J., and Harrison, S.J., eds. Severan Culture. CUP, 2007. 454-65.

40.‘The love of wisdom and the love of lies: the philosophers and philosophical voices of Lucian's Philopseudes’ in Morgan, J.R., and Jones, M., eds. Philosophical Presences in Ancient Narrative. Special issue of Ancient Narrative. 2007. 177-204.

41.‘Bilistiche and the prominence of courtesans in the Ptolemaic tradition’ in P. McKechnie and P. Guillaume eds., Ptolemy Philadelphus and his World. Brill: Leiden, 2008. 353-85.

42.‘Bastardy and fatherlessness in the ancient Greek world’ in S. Hübner and D.M. Ratzan eds. Growing up Fatherless in Antiquity. Cambridge: CUP, 2009. 105-19.

43.‘Alexander’s sex life’ in W. Heckel and L.A. Tritle eds. Alexander the Great: a New History.Blackwell: London, 2009. 203-17.

44.‘Plutarch at Delphi’ 8-page essay-pamplet in Japanese. Insert for Kyoto Classical Texts (the Japanese ‘Loebs’) volume corresponding to Plutarch Moralia Loeb V, 2009.

45.‘Lucianus, Glycon and the two Alexanders’ in M. Çevik ed., International Symposium on Lucianus of Samosata. Adiyaman, 2009. 279-300.

46.‘Hellenistic royal courtesans and the sacred’ in T. Scheer and M.A. Lindner eds. Tempelprostitution im Altertum - Fakten und Fiktionen. Oikumene 6. Verlag Antike, Berlin, 2009. 344-376.

47.‘A war of witches at the court of Philip II?’, Ancient Macedonia/Archaia Makedonia 7 (2007), 425-37. [Appeared 2009.]

48.‘Alexander’s snake sire’ in P. Wheatley and R. Hannah eds. 2009. Alexander and his Successors: Essays from the Antipodes. Regina Books: Claremont, CA. 136-178.

49.‘Magic’ in M. Gagarin ed. Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. 7 vols. New York: OUP USA. iv, 313-19.

50.‘Alexander in the Underworld’ in E. Carney and D. Ogden eds. Philip II and Alexander the Great: Father and Son, Lives and Afterlives. New York: OUP USA, 2010. 205-16.

51.‘Alexander, Scipio and Octavian: serpent-siring in Macedon and Rome’ Syllecta Classica 20 (2009), 31-52.

52.‘Dimensions of Death in the Greek and Roman Worlds’ in P. Gemeinhardt and A. Zgoll eds. Weltkonstruktionen. Religiöse Weltdeutung zwischen Chaos und Kosmos vom Alten Orient biz zum Islam. Orientalische Religionen in der Antike (ORA) 5. Mohr Siebeck Verlag, Tübingen, 2010. 103-131.

53.‘The Royal Families of Argead Macedon and the Hellenistic World’ in B. Rawson ed. A Companion to the Ancient Family. Blackwell, Oxford, 2011. 92-107.

54.‘Homosexuality’ in Golden, M., and Toohey, P., eds. Sexuality in the Classical World. Volume 1 in the series, A Cultural History of Sexuality, Peakman, J., and Laqueur, T., eds. Berg, Oxford, 2011. 37-54, 208-15.

55.‘How to marry a courtesan in the Macedonian courts’ in A. Erskine and L. Llewellyn-Jones eds. Creating a Hellenistic World. Classical Press of Wales, Swansea, 2011. 221-46.

56.‘The Seleucid foundation legends’ in K. Erickson and G. Ramsey eds. Seleucid Dissolution. The Sinking of the Anchor. Philippika 50. Wiesbaden, 2011. 149-60.

57.‘Alexander and the Macedonian Foundation Myths’ Ancient World 42 (2011) [special Alexander-themed issue edited by C. Thomas]180-210.

58.‘Sekandar, Dragon-Slayer’ in R. Stoneman, K. Erickson and I. Netton eds. The Alexander Romance in Persia and the East. Ancient Narrative Supplementum 15. Groningen, 2012. 277-94.

59.‘Medeia, senhora das serpentes e dragões’ in M.R. Candido ed. Mulheres na Antiguidade. NEA/UERJ, Rio de Janeiro, 2012. 94-122.

60.‘The Alexandrian foundation myth: Alexander, Ptolemy, the agathoi daimones and the argolaoi’ in V. Alonso-Troncoso and E. Anson eds. After Alexander: The Time of the Diadochoi. Oxford, 2013. 241-52.

61.‘The Ptolemaic foundation legends’ in S. Ager and R. Faber eds. Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World. Phoenix Supplementary Volume 51. University of Toronto Press, Toronto, 2013. 184-98.


Research collaborations

I am:

1. Honorary Research Fellow, UNISA (University of South Africa).

2. Research Associate,The Waterloo (Canada) Hellenistic Institute.

2. Member of the network Núcleo de Estudos da Antiguidade, State University of Rio de Janeiro,

Research students

I am happy to consider supervising PhD theses on a broad range of topics in Greek History, Literature and Religion. My existing publications ('Research' tab) are the best guide to my own particular interests.

I have hitherto supervised PhD theses on the following subjects: 'The Representation of Demagogues in Old Comedy'; 'Aspects of Women in Herodotus'; 'Women, Warfare and Power in Hellenistic Historiography'; 'Theriomorphic Cults of Thessaly and Arcadia';  'Magic and the Roman Emperors';  'Anodoi : the Return of Heroes from the Underworld'; 'The Seleuicids, their Coins and their Gods'; 'Travel Narratives in the Second Sophistic'; 'The Agenda of Xenophon’s Anabasis'; 'Alexander the Great in Early Christian Literature'; and 'Late-Antique Ante-Homerica.'

I have external-examined PhDs, nationally and internationally, on the following subjects: 'Medea in Silver-Latin Literature'; 'Rationalisation of Greek Myth'; 'Returns from the Dead in Greek Tragedy'; 'The Decline of Delphi'; 'Kingship and Representation among the Diadochi'; 'Ghosts in Greek Tragedy'. 'Monsters in Greek Literature'; 'The Alexander Romance in Persian Tradition'; and 'The Apophthegms of Philip II.'