Dr Benjamin Brown

PhD Macquarie
Scholarly Teaching Fellow in Ancient History

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

Sydney born and bred, Dr Brown studied Ancient History at Macquarie University and Classical Greek at University of Sydney; he taught at Macquarie University, University of New South Wales and ACU before rejoining Classics at University of Sydney.

Research interests

Dr Brown's main research areas include the interpretation and contexts of Archaic Greek poetry, especially Homeric epic; the beginnings of Greek historiography and philosophy; Greece and Rome from the perspectives of comparative Indo-European language and culture; the socio-economic history of Archaic and Classical Greece, especially Archaic tyranny; Marxist, Critical Theory and sociological approaches to the Ancient World; “Big History”, with a focus on the ‘transition from Antiquity to Feudalism, 300-800 AD’.

Teaching and supervision

Dr Brown has taught Greek and Roman history from the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity, in addition to Classical Greek at all levels. His theoretical introduction to ancient and modern historiography, which he has run since 2005, is a particular favourite.

Ben has supervised many Honours and Masters theses, with a special interest in those on Greek culture and history, and/or theses with a theoretical focus.

Current projects

Dr Brown is currently working in four areas. The main project is a monograph on ‘Figures of Autonomy’ in Ancient Greece, studying forms and spaces of alienation in early Greek literature and history; the second is a general survey of land-tenure systems in the Graeco-Roman world, with a view to building typologies of surplus extraction from Solon to the late Empire; the third is a commentary on Book 23 of the Iliad; the last is a prolegomenon to a commentary on the fragments of Hekataios of Mlletus.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Brown, B. (2016). The Mirror of Epic: The Iliad and History. Berrima: Academic Printing and Publishing. [More Information]

Book Chapters

  • Brown, B. (2003). Homer, funeral contests and the origins of the Greek city. In Phillips, Pritchard (Eds.), Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World, (pp. 123-162). Wales: Classical Press of Wales.

2016

  • Brown, B. (2016). The Mirror of Epic: The Iliad and History. Berrima: Academic Printing and Publishing. [More Information]

2003

  • Brown, B. (2003). Homer, funeral contests and the origins of the Greek city. In Phillips, Pritchard (Eds.), Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World, (pp. 123-162). Wales: Classical Press of Wales.

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