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Peter Thonemann

Peter Thonemann, Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History

  • Peter Thonemann, Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History

    Peter Thonemann, Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History

Since 2007, I have taught Greek and Roman history at Wadham to a succession of brilliant and inspiring students studying Classics, Ancient and Modern History, and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History.  It is the best job in the world.

Peter Thonemann

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Since 2007, I have taught Greek and Roman history at Wadham to a succession of brilliant and inspiring students studying Classics, Ancient and Modern History, and Classical Archaeology and Ancient History. It is the best job in the world. Wadham has long had a well-earned reputation as the most inclusive, pluralistic, and free-spirited college at Oxford, and I am proud of our success in attracting high-achieving Classics undergraduates from a very wide range of backgrounds. I am also Tutor for Access at Wadham.
 
As an undergraduate, I studied Classics at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where I was fortunate to be taught by two remarkable tutors, Simon Price and Michael Comber. During my first few years at Wadham, Simon Price and I co-wrote a history of ancient Europe called The Birth of Classical Europe: A History from Troy to Augustine (published by Penguin in 2010). Trying to interpret the ancient world for non-specialist readers is a big part of what I do, and I write regularly on all aspects of antiquity (food, childhood, mathematics, sacrifice...) for the Times Literary Supplement, the Wall Street Journal, and the Sunday Times.

When I was a graduate student, I became interested in the history and archaeology of Turkey, and ended up writing a book on the ancient and medieval history of a particularly beautiful part of south-western Asia Minor (The Maeander Valley: A Historical Geography from Antiquity to Byzantium, published in 2011). I am still fascinated by ancient Turkey, and have edited a large corpus of ancient and medieval inscriptions from central Anatolia published by the Roman Society in 2013 as Monumenta Asiae Minoris Antiqua XI: Monuments from Phrygia and Lykaonia. I have also edited two books on aspects of Anatolian history, one on the Attalid dynasty of Pergamon (Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations, and the State, 2013), the other on the social history of rural Anatolia (Roman Phrygia: Culture and Society, 2013).

More recently, I have written a handbook to Hellenistic coinage (The Hellenistic World: Using Coins as Sources, 2015) and a very short introduction to the Hellenistic period (The Hellenistic Age, 2016). I am currently working on kinship and family structures in the Roman East, and on Artemidorus of Daldis’ On the Interpretation of Dreams. I am the Reviews Editor of the Journal of Roman Studies.

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Peter Thonemann
peter.thonemann@wadham.ox.ac.uk

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