Dr John Holton
Lecturer in Ancient History
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- Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3132
- Personal Website: https://newcastle.academia.edu/JohnRussellHolton
- Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
Office: Armstrong 2.21
BA Ancient History (Wales), MA Ancient History and Classical Culture (Wales), PhD Classics (Edinburgh).
In my research I focus on late Classical and Hellenistic history and culture, and my main interests include Alexander the Great, Hellenistic kingship, the Hellenistic polis, and ruler cult. I am interested particularly in the interconnections between various types of literary and material evidence, and also Greek historiography in its own right, particularly the historian Diodorus Siculus and his position in a late Hellenistic intellectual-historical context.
Before coming to Newcastle in September 2015, I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2014-15), where I had also completed my PhD under the supervision of Professor Andrew Erskine.
Current positions within the School:
Admissions Tutor for Classics
Open Day Coordinator for Classics
Convenor for the 'Writing of History', an HCA Strategic Research Theme
***I am on research leave in Semester 1 of the 2017/18 academic year.***
In Semester 2 of 2017/18, I will be teaching the following:
(As module leader)
CAG1012: Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2
CAH2006 : In Alexander's Footsteps: Classical and Hellenistic Empires
(As contributing lecturer)
CAH2009 : Portfolio in Ancient History I: Commentaries
CAH8020 : Masterclass in Ancient History
CAC8107 : Independent Study Project in Classics and Ancient History 2
My interests can be united under the heading of late Classical and Hellenistic history and culture, but can be divided into the following areas:
- Alexander the Great (including aspects of his ancient reception)
- Hellenistic kingship (primarily the period of the diadochoi, but also major dynasties)
- The Hellenistic polis
- Ruler cult and conceptions/traditions of divine monarchy
- Greek historiography (principally Diodorus Siculus)
In the majority of my historical research I aim to integrate the relevant material and literary evidence, including coinage, artwork, epigraphy, poetry, and texts of various prose genres.
I am currently completing the final draft of a monograph entitled Kingship and Royal Self-Representation in the Early Hellenistic World, which is an expanded and revised version of my doctoral thesis. Using a wide range of evidence and adopting a holistic perspective, this book examines the emergence of different modes of royal self-representation in the tumultuous period after Alexander the Great's death in 323 BC and their contribution to the development of the institution of kingship.
After completing this monograph, I will begin a new project on the political ethics and intellectual indebtedness of Diodorus Siculus.
I would welcome prospective PhD students wishing to focus on the areas indicated above and indeed Hellenistic history and culture more broadly.
- Holton JR. Kingship and Royal Self-Representation in the Early Hellenistic World. 2017. In Preparation.
- Holton JR. The Ideology of Seleucid Joint Kingship: The case of Seleucus, son of Antiochus I. In: K. Erickson, ed. War within the Family: The First Century of Seleucid Rule. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2017. In Preparation.
- Holton JR. Review of: Thonemann, P. The Hellenistic Age (Oxford 2016). Polis 2016. In Preparation.
- Holton JR. Review of: Börm, H. (ed.) Antimonarchic Discourse in Antiquity (Stuttgart 2015). Histos 2016. In Preparation.
- Holton JR. Review of: Wheatley, P. and Baynham, E. (eds) East and West in the World Empire of Alexander: Essays in Honour of Brian Bosworth (Oxford 2015). Histos 2016. In Preparation.
- Holton JR. Ptolemy Keraunos. In: Bagnall,RS; Broderson,K; Champion,CB; Erskine,A; Huebner,S, ed. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History [online]. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.
- Holton JR. Philanthropia, Athens, and Democracy in Diodorus Siculus: The Athenian Debate. In: Gray B, Canevaro M, ed. The Hellenistic and Early Imperial Greek Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016. In Press.
- Holton JR. The Reception of Alexander in the Ptolemaic Dynasty. In: Moore, K, ed. Brill's Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great. Leiden: Brill, 2016. In Press.
- Holton JR. Review of: MacDonald, E. Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life (New Haven and London 2015). Classical Review 2016, (ePub ahead of print).
- Holton JR. Demetrios Poliorketes, Son of Poseidon and Aphrodite: Cosmic and memorial significance in the Athenian ithyphallic hymn. Mnemosyne 2014, 67(3), 370-390.
- Holton JR. Tyre (Lebanese city). In: R.S. Bagnall, K. Broderson, C.B. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. Huebner, ed. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (updated online edition). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
- Holton JR. Demetrios' War. In: R.S. Bagnall, K. Broderson, C.B. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. Huebner, ed. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013, pp.2003-4.