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John Marincola

John Marincola

Leon Golden Professor of Classics

Research and Teaching Specializations

  • Greek and Roman Historiography
  • Ancient Rhetoric


John Marincola (Ph.D., Brown), Leon Golden Professorof Classics, specializes in Greek and Roman historiography and rhetoric. He is theauthor of Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography (Cambridge, 1997), Greek Historians(Oxford, 2001), and (with Michael A. Flower) Herodotus: Histories Book IX (Cambridge, 2002). He has edited A Companion to Greekand Roman Historiography (Blackwell, 2007) and the Oxford Readings volume, Greek and Roman Historiography (Oxford2010); co-edited (with Carolyn Dewald) the Cambridge Companion to Herodotus(Cambridge, 2006) and (with C. S. Kraus and C. B. R. Pelling) Ancient Historiography and its Contexts:Studies in Honour of A. J. Woodman (Oxford 2009); revised the Penguin editionsof Herodotus’ Histories (1996; furtherrevised edition, 2003) and the Rise and Fall of Athens (forthcoming);and translated Xenophon’s Hellenicaand fragments of the Oxyrhynchus historian for The Landmark Xenophon’s Hellenica (Pantheon 2009). He has written articleson many Greek and Roman historians and is currently at work on a book on Hellenistichistoriography. He is the current Book Review Editor of Classical Journal and co-editor (with John Moles) of Histos.

Research Projects in Progress

  • Hellenistic Historiography
  • Studies in Plutarch’s de Malignitate Herodoti
  • Plutarch’s Persian Wars: Myth History and Identity in Roman Greece

Recent Publications and Lectures


  • Authority and Tradition in Ancient Historiography(Cambridge 1997)
  • Greek Historians (Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics, no. 31); Oxford 2001
  • Herodotus: Histories Book IX, edited with introduction and notes by M. A. Flower and John Marincola (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, Cambridge 2002)
  • A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography, 2 vols. (Oxford and Malden, Mass. 2007).


  • ‘Historiography’, in A. Erskine, ed., A Companion to Ancient History (Blackwell 2009) 13–22.
  • ‘Odysseus and the Historians’, SyllClass 18 (2007) 1–79.
  • ‘Universal History from Ephorus to Diodorus’, in A Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Oxford 2007) 171–9.


  • ‘The “Rhetoric” of History: Exemplarity, Allusion and Intertextuality in Ancient Historiographical Speeches’, keynote address at the Conference Perspektive, Polyphonie, Performativität: Funktionen von Reden in antiken Geschichtswerken, Giessen, September 25, 2008.
  • ‘Eros and Empire: Virgil, Sallust, and the Narrative of Civil War’, Cambridge Literature Seminar, Cambridge, May 28, 2008.
  • ‘History and Tragedy – and Comedy?’, University of Bristol, May 22, 2008.