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Curriculum vitae of Kostas Vlassopoulos

Name: Kostas
Surname: Vlassopoulos
Title: Assistant Professor
Department: History & Archaeology



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Brief Biography

Kostas Vlassopoulos graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens in 1999. He received his MA from the University of Crete in 2001, and completed his PhD dissertation at the University of Cambridge in 2005. He taught Greek history at the University of Nottingham between 2005-2015, before moving to the University of Crete where he is currently teaching ancient history. His research interests include the history of slavery, the study of globalisation and intercultural encounters in antiquity, comparative history, the history of political thought and practice and the history of historiography. His is the author of the following books and articles:


Books and edited volumes 

1)   Unthinking the Greek Polis: Ancient Greek History beyond Eurocentrism, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

2)   Politics: Antiquity and its Legacy. I. B. Tauris/Oxford University Press, 2010.

3)   Greeks and Barbarians, Cambridge University Press, 2013.

4)   Co-editor (with D. Geary), Slavery, Citizenship and the State in Classical Antiquity and the Modern Americas. Special issue of European Review of History, 16:3, 2009.

5)   Co-editor (with C. Taylor), Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World, Oxford University Press, 2015.



1) ‘Αρχαιολογικές μαρτυρίες και ιστορικά πορίσματα: προβλήματα μεθόδου και ερμηνείας’, Τα Ιστορικά, 33 (2000), 379-402.

2) ‘Περσικόν δε κάρτα δώρον ο στρατός: η αλληλεξάρτηση μεταξύ Ελλήνων μισθοφόρων και Περσικού κόσμου’, Αριάδνη, 9 (2003), 31-58.

3) ‘Free spaces: identity, experience and democracy in classical Athens’, Classical Quarterly, 57:1 (2007), 33-52.  

4) ‘Between East and West: the Greek poleis as part of a world-system’, Ancient West and East, 6 (2007), 91-111.

5) ‘Beyond and below the polis: Networks, associations and the writing of Greek history’, Mediterranean Historical Review, 22 (2007), 11-22.

6) ‘Slavery and citizenship in classical Athens: beyond a legalistic approach’, European Review of History, 16:3 (2009), 347-63.

7) ‘Imperial encounters: discourses on empire and the uses of ancient history during the eighteenth century’ in M. Bradley (ed.), Classics and Imperialism in the British Empire, Oxford University Press (2010), 29-53.

8) ‘Constructing antiquity and modernity in the eighteenth century: alterity, proximity, distantiation, immanency’ in L. Foxhall, H.-J. Gehrke και N. Luraghi (eds.), Intentional History: Spinning Time in Ancient Greece, Franz Steiner (2010), 341-60.

9) ‘Athenian slave names and Athenian social history’, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 175 (2010), 113-44.

10)  ‘Two images of ancient slavery: the ‘living tool’ and the ‘koinônia’ in E. Herrmann-Otto (ed.), Sklaverei und Zwangsarbeit zwischen Akzeptanz und Widerstand, Olms Verlag (2011), 467-77.

11)  ‘Greek slavery: from domination to property and back again’, Journal of Hellenic Studies 131 (2011), 115-30.

12)  ‘Regional perspectives and the study of Greek history’, Incidenza dell’ antico, 9 (2011), 9-31.

13)  ‘Acquiring (a) historicity: Greek history, temporalities and Eurocentrism in the Sattelzeit (1750-1850)’ in A. Lianeri (ed.), The Western Time of Ancient History: Historiographical Encounters with the Greek and Roman Pasts, Cambridge University Press (2011), 156-78.

14)  ‘Sparta and Rome in early modern political thought: a comparative approach’ στο S. Hodkinson and I. MacGregor Morris (eds.), Sparta in Modern Thought: Politics, History and Culture, Classical Press of Wales (2012), 43-69.

15)  ‘The barbarian repertoire in Greek culture’, Αριάδνη, 18 (2012), 51-88.

16) ‘The stories of the Others: storytelling and intercultural communication in the Herodotean Mediterranean’ in E. Almagor and J. Skinner (eds.), Ancient Ethnography: New Approaches, Bloomsbury (2013), 49-75.

17) ‘Which comparative histories for ancient historians?’, Sinthesis, 21 (2014), 31-47.

18) ‘Plotting strategies, networks and communities in classical Athens: the evidence of slave names’ in C. Taylor and K. Vlassopoulos (eds.), Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World, Oxford University Press (2015), 101-27.

19) ‘Religion within communities’ in E. Eidinow and J. Kindt (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, Oxford University Press (2015), 257-71.