Professor Neville Morley

Professor in Classics and Ancient History


Extension: 4242

Telephone: 01392 724242

I've worked in Exeter since 2016, and research and teach in three different areas of ancient history:

(i) ancient economic and social history, including trade, urbanisation, slavery, agriculture and demography, with a particular focus on Roman Italy and the city of Rome;

(ii) the reception and influence of ancient texts and examples in the modern world, especially in the social sciences, with a particular focus on the influence of the Greek historian Thucydides in historiography and political theory;

(iii) theoretical and methodological approaches to ancient history, especially social-scientific approaches.

I am currently working on a book on Marx and Antiquity (OUP) and a shorter account of Classics: why it matters (Polity), as well as developing a research project on Thucydides and modern political theory.

I am an Einstein Visiting Fellow at the Freie Universitaet Berlin, as part of an ongoing collaboration with colleagues there studying change and instability in the ancient world and its modern interpretation.