Dr Joseph Skinner
Lecturer in Ancient Greek History
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 8996
- Address: Room 2.37
School of History, Classics & Archaeology
Newcastle upon Tyne
Feedback and consultation hours during Semester 2:
1-3pm on Mondays, 11am-12 noon on Fridays
Research day in Semester 2
BackgroundI studied Ancient History at St. Andrews (MA Hons; M.Litt.) before heading down to the University of Leicester for an MA in Archaeology (Professional Archaeological Practice). After taking a year out to work as the school’s archaeological illustrator I then relocated to Liverpool to study for a PhD under the supervision of Professor Tom Harrison. On completing my doctorate I was lucky enough to spend an entire year in Athens preparing my thesis for publication whilst acting as School Student at the British School at Athens (2009-10). I then returned to Liverpool where I taught Ancient History from 2010-2013. I have been a Lecturer in Ancient Greek History at Newcastle since 2013.
My research focuses both on the history of ancient ethnographic thought and the origins and nature of Greek identity. I am particularly interested in Herodotus' Histories: the intellectual and cultural milieu from which they emerged, the role of ethnographic description within the Histories and the light they shed on what it meant to be Greek in the first place. I am also interested in the broader theme of contact and interaction between Greeks and non-Greeks in regions as far flung as northern Greece (the Chalkidiki), ancient Bactria (modern Afghanistan) and Magna Graecia (e.g. S. Calabria), ideas of community and territory, ancient visual culture, Achaemenid Persia and nineteenth century receptions of historiographical enquiry.
Since July 2014 I have been collaborating with colleagues in History, Classics and Archaeology in a ground-breaking partnership between Newcastle University, West Jesmond Primary, the Great North Museum, and various service-providers catering for migrants and refugees. The aim of The Beyond Frontiers Project is to draw upon various aspects of our research on topics such as ancient identities, objects and children's cultures to promote mutual respect and understanding between local communities and those new to the North East.
- CAH1012 : West Meets East: Greek History and Society, 776-323BC
- CAH2036 : Greeks and Barbarians
- CAH3034 : 'Like ants or frogs around the pond': Mobility and identity in the Greek Mediterranean
- CAH3035 : World of Herodotus
- CAH8035 : World of Herodotus
- CAH8034 : 'Like ants or frogs around the pond': Mobility and identity in the Greek Mediterranean
I am available to teach the following modules on subjects relating to my research interests:
- CAC8106: Independent Study Project in Classics and Ancient History 1
- CAC8107: Independent Study Project in Classics and Ancient History 2
I am willing to supervise dissertations on any aspect of Greek history or material culture relating to my research interests but would particularly welcome applications for PhD projects relating to: the history and reception of ancient ethnography, Herodotus' Histories, contact and interaction between Greeks and non-Greeks, and the origins, history and nature of Greek identity.
I am currently supervising the following PhD projects:
James Mullen: The Image of the King: Can the royal hunts of Alexander the Great be seen as engaging with Aristotle's theory of pambasileia in order to legitimise his rule as King of Asia?
Jordan Bayley: Herodotean receptions during the long nineteenth century.
I am also co-supervising the following PhDs:
Nigel Porter: Images of Warrior Departure on Athenian Painted Pottery 600-400 BC.
- Skinner JE. The Invention of Greek Ethnography: From Homer to Herodotus. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
- Almagor E, Skinner JE, ed. Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
- Skinner JE. Imperial visions, imagined pasts: Ethnography and identity on India's North-Western Frontier. In: Almagor, E; Skinner, JE, ed. Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, pp.203-221.
- Skinner JE, Almagor E. Introduction. In: Almagor, E; Skinner, JE, ed. Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013, pp.1-22.
- Skinner JE. Fish heads and mussel-shells: Visualizing Greek identity. In: Foxhall,L;Gehrke,H-J;Luraghi,N, ed. Intentional History. Spinning Time in Ancient Greece. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2010, pp.137-160.
- Skinner JE. Review of: Török, L. (2014) Herodotus in Nubia. Mnemosyne Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity 368. Leiden and Boston: Brill. Pp. xiv +163. ISBN 978-9-004-26913-2. US$136.00. Acta Classica 2016, LIX.
- Skinner JE. Review of: Moyer, I.S. (2011) Egypt and the Limits of Hellenism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Pp. x + 347, illus. £65/$110. ISBN: 9780521765510. Journal of Hellenic Studies 2013, 133, 249-250.
- Skinner JE. Review of: Gruen, E.S. (2010) Rethinking the Other in Antiquity. Princeton: Princeton University Press. Pp. xiv + 416, illus. ISBN: 9780691148526. £27.95/US$39.50. Journal of Roman Studies 2012, 102, 107-109.
- Skinner JE. Review of: Bridges, E., Hall, E. and P.J. Rhodes (eds.) (2007) Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars. Antiquity to the Third Millennium. Oxford University Press. Pp xv + 453, illus. £80. ISBN: 9780199279678. Journal of Hellenic Studies 2008, 128, 223.
- Skinner JE. Review: Richard Stoneman, Xerxes: A Persian Life. New Haven; London: Yale University Press, 2015. Argo 2015, 2015(2 (Autumn/Winter)), 41-41.
- Skinner J. Herodotus in Nubia [Review]. Acta Classica 2016, 59, 236-240.
- Skinner JE. Greek Ethnography and Archaeology: Limits and Boundaries. In: Muller,C;Veïsse, A-E, ed. Culture(s) matérielle(s) et identités ethniques, Dialogues d’Histoire Ancienne, Supplement 10. Presses Universitaires de Franche-Comté, 2014, pp.171-203.
- Skinner JE. Herodotus and his world. In: Harrison, T; Irwin, E, ed. Interpreting Herodotus. OUP, 2018, pp.187-222.