David Branscome


Associate Teaching Professor

Research and Teaching Specializations

  • Greek History and Historiography
  • Greek Interactions with the Near East
  • Classical and Near Eastern Mythology


David Branscome (Ph.D., Indiana) received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his graduate degrees from Indiana University. Before joining the faculty at Florida State in 2007, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University in 2005-2006. His main research specialization is ancient Greek history and historiography, with particular interests in the cultural interactions between Greece and the Near East and in the intersections between the literary and material culture of the Classical world. He has published a book on the authorial self-presentation of the Greek historian Herodotus and has recently completed a book manuscript on the derisive treatment that foreign headwear receives both in ancient Greek art and literature and in Achaemenid Persian art. In addition, he has two published articles on Herodotus.

Publications and Lectures

  • Textual Rivals: Self-Presentation in Herodotus’ Histories (University of Michigan Press, 2013)
  • “Herodotus and the Map of Aristagoras,” Classical Antiquity 29.1 (2010) 1-44.
  • “Waiting for Solon: Audience Expectations in Herodotus,” Histos 9 (2015) 231-276.
  • “What Persians Wear: Misreading the Kyrbasia” (forthcoming)
  • "Herodotus and the Epitaphic Version of Marathon" (APA 2009, in panel Historiographical Dialogues: Herodotus and Thucydides)
  • "Demaratus, Ethnography, and Herodotean Self-presentation" (APA, 2006)
  • "Epic Echoes in [Demosthenes] 59.94-106" (CAMWS, 2005)
  • "What Persians Wear: Herodotus 5.49.3 and Aristophanes, Birds 486-87" (APA, 2005)
  • "Herodotus and the Map of Aristagoras" (CAMWS, 2004)

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