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Alastair Blanshard

Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History, The University of Queensland

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


  • –present
    Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History Deputy Head of School, University of Queensland