Paul Christesen

Academic Appointments

William R. Kennan Professor of Ancient Greek History
Life Fellow, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge

Paul Christesen, Professor in the Department of Classics at Dartmouth College, is the author of Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History  (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Sport and Democracy in the Ancient and Modern Worlds  (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and A New Reading of the Damonon Stele  (Histos Supplement 8, 2018). He is also co-editor, with Donald Kyle, of The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity  (2013); co-editor, with Danielle Allen and Paul Millett, of How to Do Things with History  (Oxford University Press, 2018); and author of more than 30 articles. He is currently working with Paul Cartledge of Cambridge University on the Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World. He is also preparing a book on athletic nudity in ancient Greece. His areas of expertise include ancient Greek history (with a particular focus on Sparta), sport history (including the ancient Olympics), and the relationship between sport and political systems. He holds a B.A. from Dartmouth, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Curriculum Vitae
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A.B. Dartmouth College
Lehman College, City University of New York
M.A. Columbia University
M. Phil. Columbia University
Ph.D. Columbia University

Selected Publications

How to Do Things with History, co-edited with Danielle Allen and Paul Millett, Oxford University Press, 2018.

A Companion to Sport and Spectacle in Greek and Roman Antiquity, co-edited with Donald Kyle, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Sport and Democracy in the Ancient and Modern Worlds, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Olympic Victor Lists and Ancient Greek History, Cambridge University Press, 2007.

“Xenophon on Sparta,” in the Cambridge Companion to Xenophon, Michael Flower (ed.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 376-400.

“Dreams of Democracy, or The Reasons for Hoosiers’ Enduring Appeal,” International Journal of the History of Sport 34 (2017): 1-41.

Essays in Brill’s New Jacoby on Euhemeros of Messene, Myron of Priene, Euthymenes, and Baton of Sinope.

"Athletics and Social Order in Sparta in the Classical Period,” Classical Antiquity 31 (2012), 193-255.

“Treatments of Spartan Land Tenure in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century France: From François Fénelon to Fustel de Coulanges,” in Sparta in Modern Thought: Politics, History, and Culture, Stephen Hodkinson and Ian Macgregor Morris (eds.), Classical Press of Wales, 2012, pp. 165-230.

“Spartans and Scythians, A Meeting of Mirages: The Portrayal of the Lycurgan Politeia in Ephoros’ Histories,” in Sparta: The Body Politic, Anton Powell and Stephen Hodkinson (eds.), Classical Press of Wales, 2010, pp. 211-63.

“Kings Playing Politics: The Heroization of Chionis of Sparta,” Historia (Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte) 59 (2010): 26-73.

“The Olympic Victor List of Eusebius: Background, Text, and Translation,” co-authored with Zara Martirosova-Torlone, Traditio (Studies in Ancient and Medieval History, Thought and Religion) 61 (2006): 31-93.

“Utopia on the Eurotas: Economic Aspects of the Spartan Mirage,” in Spartan Society, Thomas Figueira (ed.), Classical Press of Wales, 2004, pp. 309-37.  

“Economic Rationalism in Fourth-Century B.C. Athens,” Greece and Rome 50 (2003):1-26.

“Athletics and Sparta,” in A Companion to Sparta, A. Powell (ed.), Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2018, vol.

2: pp. 543-64.

“On the Meaning of γυμνάζω,Nikephoros (Zeitschrift für Sport und Kultur im Altertum) 15 (2002): 7-37.

Ex omnibus in unum, nec hoc nec illud: Genre in Petronius,” co-authored with Zara Torlone, Materiali e Discussioni 49 (2002): 1-38.

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