Professor Alastair Blanshard
Professor Alastair Blanshard


Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History
Deputy Head of School
Classics and Ancient History Discipline Convenor

Contact Details:

Office: 531, Michie Building (9)
Phone: +61 7 3346 9719


BA (Hons) and MA, University of Queensland
PhD, University of Cambridge


ANCH1240 The Rise of Ancient Greece: Greek History to the 4th Century BC
ANCH3020 Special Topic in Greek History

Inaugural Professorial Lecture:

"Why the Ancient Greeks Matter"

Research Interests:

Social and cultural history of ancient Athens, Greek gender and sexuality, epigraphy, and the classical tradition.

Current Research Projects:

"Post-classicisms" (an international research network funded by the Princeton Global Collaborative network fund); Locating the Greek Body; Travel and the Invention of Greece.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Hercules: A Heroic Life (Granta, 2005; German translation: Parthas, 2006; Italian translation: Donzelli, 2006; Dutch translation: Mets & Schilt, 2007)
  • Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity (Blackwell Publishing, 2010)
  • Classics on Screen: Ancient Greece and Rome in Film (Bloomsbury Academic, 2011) (w. K. Shahabudin)
Forthcoming Articles/Chapters
  • 'The Pornographic Eye: Cinema, Classicism and the Sexual Subject' in Ingleheart, J. (ed.) Romosexuality: The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identity, (forthcoming, under contract to OUP)
  • "Thinking outside the Binaries: Strategies for transcending the distinctions between 'Greek' and 'Barbarian'", Journal of the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute (forthcoming, manuscript submitted 7/04/2013)
  • 'Fantasy and the Homosexual Orgy – Adventures in unearthing the sexual scripts of ancient Athens' in Rabinowitz and Robson (eds) Sex in Antiquity: New Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World (Routledge: manuscript submitted 1/03/2013)
  • ‘Encountering Greek Love in Nineteenth Century Britain’ in Langlands, R. and Fisher, K. (eds) Sex, Knowledge, and Receptions of the Past (OUP, manuscript submitted, due to be published 2014)

Other Activities and Service:

  • Series Editor, ‘Classics After Antiquity’ (CUP)
  • Assistant Editor, Classical Receptions Journal (OUP)
  • Editorial Board, Screening Antiquity (Edinburgh University Press)
  • Co-founder, Australasian Classical Reception Studies Network

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