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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

Meet the Greeks

Aug 20, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

The Fastest Feet in the World

Aug 21, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

Jun 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the second CREWS conference, to take place Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th of March 2019. ‘Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems’ aims to look at writing systems’ place in society and culture.

The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

Jun 27, 2018

The Cambridge Philological Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a prize for the best submitted article by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

Jun 22, 2018

Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

Life After Classics: alumni profiles

Jun 20, 2018

Our Classics alumni give us an insight into their lives after studying Classics at Cambridge.

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