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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

E Caucus seminar

May 27, 2020

Virtual - Zoom

Literature Seminar

May 27, 2020

Virtual - Zoom

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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Jan 22, 2020

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