Dr Emma Nicholson
Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History
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.
I am also developing a new research community - The Antigonid Network - which aims to promote and facilitate the study of the Antigonid kings of ancient Macedonia and their influence on the Mediterranean, past and present.
My next project is entitled ‘Polybios and the Challenge of Change’, and aims is to explore Polybios’ Histories not just as a treatise on history and imperialism, but also as one on the nature of change and how to manage it.
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, ‘Polybios and the Challenge of Change’, 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 rise of Rome in the third and second centuries BC. The aim is to explore Polybios’ work from a new perspective: not just as a treatise on history and imperialism, but also as one on the nature of change and how to cope with it.
The Antigonid Network: The Rulers of Ancient Macedonia After Alexander the Great
I am the director of the Antigonid Network, which aims to promote and facilitate the study of the Antigonid kings and their monarchic and imperial system. The network's website and actitivities can be found here.
Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society
I am a member of the Centre for Hellenistic and Romano-Greek Culture and Society. Since 2001 the Centre has been an aegis for intensive individual and collaborative research in the Hellenistic world and the reception of Greek culture in the Roman world and beyond. The Centre’s work has been taken forward by a grant of more than £500K from the A.G. Leventis Foundation across the 2010-18 period to support work on the Impact of Greek Culture.
I am open to discussing research proposals on any relevant subject given my research expertise. I am especially happy to consider working with candidates with interests in the following areas: Hellenistic history and historiography, ancient Macedonia, Polybius, kingship, empire and interstate relations.
If you are interested in working with me, please send me a 500 word outline of your proposed research topic and a copy of your CV.
I am currently supervising:
Harry Bramhall - "What can the resolution of Macedonian conquests, reveal about the aims and outcomes of Philip and Alexander's expansion of Macedonian territory"
Julius Guthrie -" Ruling their own way: A study of the self-representation, perception and influences on the ruling families of archaic and classical Greek Sicily"
Charlotte Spence - "Conceptions of the Divine and the Dead in Curse Tablets"
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.