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Dr Ben Raynor

Dr Ben Raynor

Moses and Mary Finley Fellow, Darwin College

Darwin College
Silver Street
Cambridge
CB3 9EU

Research Interests

The Hellenistic world, esp. economic, political, and urban history; Macedonia, Epirus, and northern Greece; monarchy in antiquity; power and political practice; identity and ethnicity.

While I maintain a broad interest in all aspects of Classical and Hellenistic history, my research to date has focused on power in Hellenistic northern Greece, in particular how communities constructed, navigated, and represented their relationships with monarchs, and vice versa. My thesis (King, cities, and elites in Macedonia c. 360-168 BC), which I am currently preparing for publication as part of the Oxford Classical Monographs series, considered the relationship between the Macedonian king and the poleis of the kingdom, particularly the role of urban development in the construction of royal power. I have also published on other aspects of political practice, state formation, and community identity in northern Greece.

Key Publications

‘Alexander I of Molossia and the Creation of Apeiros’, Chiron 47 (2017), 243-270.

 ‘Theorodokoi, asylia, and the Cities of Macedonia’, GRBS 56.2 (2016), 225-262.

Upcoming events

Twilight at the Museums

Feb 20, 2019

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cast Gallery

Literature Seminar - Horace, Odes 1.2

Feb 20, 2019

Room 1.04

Philological Society Seminar - The Bastards of Cynosarges and the Invention of Virtue

Feb 21, 2019

Boys Smith Room - Fisher Building - St John's College

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Museum and Collections Assistant

Jan 25, 2019

Further particulars and details of how to apply for this part-time post are available online. See web link for further information.

J. Paul Getty Medal

Jan 25, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to report that Mary Beard has been named as one of this year's recipients of the J. Paul Getty Medal. See weblink for further information.

University Lectureship in Classics (Ancient Philosophy)

Jan 24, 2019

Further particulars and details of how to apply for this established post are now available on line. Closing date: 6 March 2019.

150th Anniversary of the Society for Classical Studies

Jan 10, 2019

Mary Beard's public lecture at the Society for Classical Studies, at the annual meeting in San Diego on January 5th 2019, is now available to view online. See here for more details.

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