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Stefano Frullini

Stefano Frullini

Supervisor: Professor Robin Osborne

College: King’s

Thesis title (preliminary): Democracy in the Classical and Early Hellenistic Peloponnese


  • 2018–present: PhD in Classics, King’s College, Cambridge
  • 2017–18: MPhil in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge
  • 2015–17: Laurea magistrale (MA) in Classical Philology, University of Bologna (Italy) 
  • 2012–15: Laurea (BA) in Humanities, Classics curriculum, “G. d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara (Italy)

My PhD thesis investigates the development of democratic constitutions in the Peloponnese down to c.200 BCE and aims to assess the presence and impact of demokratia in the political history of the region. In Bologna and (particularly) during my Cambridge MPhil I worked extensively on the constitutional history of archaic and early classical Argos, particularly with respect to the question of the origins of Argive democracy; I am now broadening my view to include other major case studies such as Elis, Achaia and Arcadia. 

Research Interests

Besides the main topic of my current research, I am more generally interested in the political and constitutional history of ancient Greece, factionalism and reconciliation within poleis, inter-polis relations, historiography and local histories, and all the sorts of problems that arise when people (whether ancient or modern) try to make sense of the past and write it down. 

Other Professional Activities

I have been supervising Greek history papers (undergraduate level) for the Faculties of Classics and History since Michaelmas 2018. 

I have also been an Invigilator at our very own Museum of Classical Archaeology since Easter 2019. 

Key Publications

‘Politics and Landscape in the Argive Plain after the Battle of Sepeia’, Journal of Hellenic Studies (accepted for publication, expected 2021) 

‘Decreto ateniese su Salamina’, Axon 4(1) (forthcoming 2020)

Conference Papers and Presentations

7–10 January 2021: ‘Eleian Zeus: political change in the fifth-century Eleian coinage’, SCS/AIA Joint Annual Meeting, Chicago (USA)

18 June 2020: ‘Synoikisms, tradition and reality: the cases of Elis and Mantinea’, British School at Athens (Greece)

1–3 July 2019: ‘The vocabulary of citizenship in fifth-century Greek historiography: a linguistic approach’, Citizenship in classical antiquity: current perspectives and challenges, University College London (UK)

16 March 2019: ‘Looking back in anger: Argos, Athens, and Persia in the fifth century BCE’. Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History, University of Cambridge (UK) 

15 November 2018: ‘La questione etnica nella democrazia argiva: un problema metodologico’. Ricerche a confronto XIII, University of Bologna (Italy)

22–23 June 2017: ‘“King-Tyrant” Pheidon and the creation of Argive identity against Sparta in the fifth century BCE’. Gender and Identities in Peloponnesian Antiquity, University of Nottingham (UK) 

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Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

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