Dr John Holton
Lecturer in Ancient History
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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), FHEA.
In my research I focus primarily on late Classical and Hellenistic history and culture, and my main interests include Alexander the Great, Hellenistic kingship, the Hellenistic polis, and ruler cult. In all these, I am interested particularly in the analytical opportunities offered by studying interconnections between various types of literary and material evidence. My other main research interest is Greek historiography, particularly the historian Diodorus Siculus and his position in a late Hellenistic intellectual-historical context, a topic that will form the focus of much of my future research.
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, funded by the A.G. Leventis Foundation, under the supervision of Professor Andrew Erskine.
Current positions within the School:
Admissions Tutor for Classics (2016-)
Open Day Coordinator for Classics (2017-)
Convenor for the 'Writing of History', an HCA Strategic Research Theme (2017-)
Athena Swan SAT team member, HCA (2017-)
Office hours, Semester 2, 2017/18:
Tuesdays 09.00-11.00, Wednesdays 11.00-12.00.
Teaching, Semester 2, 2017:
(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 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 how the institution of kingship developed in this period.
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. 2018. 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, 2018. In Press.
- 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: Canevaro M; Gray B, ed. The Hellenistic Reception of Classical Athenian Democracy and Political Thought. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018, pp.177-208.
- 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.