Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities; Professor of History, Classics, and the College

PhD'93 University of Cambridge

On Research Leave: Autumn 2021 and Winter 2022

Mailing Address

The University of Chicago
Department of History
1126 E. 59th Street, Mailbox 60
Chicago, IL 60637

Wieboldt Hall, room 403 – Office
(773) 834-8934 – Office telephone
(773) 702-7550 – Fax


Field Specialties

Ancient Greek social, cultural, and political history; archaeology; historical methodology; modern Greek history


Jonathan Hall's earlier research was focused on the cultural and social history of ancient Greece, with a particular emphasis on the construction, meaning, and functions of ethnic identity among Greek communities. His first book, Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity (Cambridge, 1997), tackled the question of Greek ethnicity from an explicitly interdisciplinary point of view and received the 1999 Charles J. Goodwin Award for Merit from the American Philological Association. A second book, Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture (Chicago, 2002), explored the emergence and transformation of Greek self-consciousness in antiquity, and was the recipient of the 2004 Gordon J. Laing Award from the University of Chicago Press. His History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE (Malden MA, 2007), has been translated into Polish and Greek and has appeared in a second revised edition (Chichester, 2014), while his most recent book, Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian (Chicago, 2014), examines a series of case studies from the Greek and Roman worlds as part of a reflection on the relationship between documentary evidence and material culture. He is also the author of a series of articles and chapters concerning the early polis, Greek colonization, and cultural identities. He is currently completing a book on the history of post-antique Argos and its archaeological heritage in the modern era.  In 2009 he was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014.

A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE, 2nd ed. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE, 1st ed. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. [Also translated into Polish and Greek.]

Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002.

Ethnic Identity in Greek Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Selected Essays and Articles

"The archaeology of 'celebrities' in the Greek and Roman worlds," Acta ad archaeologiam et artium historiam pertinentia 30 (2018): 310–27.

"Hellenic Homelands: The Greek Diaspora, Ancient and Modern." In An Age of Experiment: Classical Archaeology Transformed (1976–2014), edited by L. Nevett and J. Whitley, 235–46. Cambridge: MacDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, 2018.

"The Determinacy of Space and State formation in Archaic Greece." In Eurasia at the Dawn of History: Urbanization and Social Change, edited by M. Fernández-Götz and D. Krausse, 279–90. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017.

"Quanto c’è di 'greco' nella 'colonizzazione greca'?" In Conceptualizing Early Colonization, edited by L. Donnellan, V. Nizzo, and G. J. Burgers, 51–59. Brussels: Belgisch Historisch Instituut te Rome, 2016.

"Ancient Greek Ethnicities: Towards a Reassessment," Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 58, no. 2 (2015): 15–29.

"Federalism and Ethnicity.” In Federalism in Greek Antiquity, edited by H. Beck and P. Funke, 30–48. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

"The Rise of State Action in the Archaic Age." In A Companion to Ancient Greek Government, edited by H. Beck, 9–21. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

"Early Greek Settlement in the West: The Limits of Colonialism." In Theatre Outside Athens: Drama in Greek Sicily and South Italy, edited by K. Bosher, 19–34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

"Imagining a Community beyond the Polis: The Emergence and Transformation of the Ethnos." In Forme sovrapoleiche e interpoleiche di organizzazione nel mondo greco antico, edited by M. Lombardo, 28–37. Galatina: Congedo, 2011.

"Autochthonous Autocrats: The Tyranny of the Athenian Democracy." In Private and Public Lies: The Discourse of Despotism and Deceit in the Ancient World, edited by K.O. Chong-Gossard, F. Vervaet, and A. Turner, 11–28. Leiden: Brill, 2010.

"Foundation Stories." In Greek Colonisation. An Account of Greek Colonies and Other Settlements Overseas in the Archaic Period, vol 2, edited by G. Tsetskhladze, 383–426. Leiden: Brill, 2008.

"Politics and Greek Myth." In The Cambridge Companion to Greek Mythology, edited by R. Woodard, 331–354. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

"International Relations." In The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare, vol 1: Greece, the Hellenistic World and the Rise of Rome, edited by P. Sabin, H. van Wees, and M. Whitby, 85–107. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007.

"Arcades His Oris: Greek Projections on the Italian Ethnoscape?" In Cultural Borrowings and Ethnic Appropriations in Antiquity, edited by E. Gruen. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2005.

"Culture, Cultures, and Acculturation." In Das Archaische Griechenland: Interne Entwicklungen, Externe Impulse, edited by R. Rollinger and C. Ulf. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2004.

"The Dorianization of the Messenians." In Helots and their Masters in Laconia and Messniea: Histories, Ideologies, Structures, edited by N. Luraghi and S.E. Alcock. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2003.

"Contested Ethnicities: Perceptions of Macedonia within Evolving Definitions of Greek Identity." In Ancient Perceptions of Greek Ethnicity, edited by I. Malkin. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2001.

"Sparta, Lakedaimon and the Nature of Perioikic Dependency." In Further Studies in the Ancient Greek Polis, edited by P. Flensted-Jensen. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2000.

(With Catherine Morgan) "Achaian Poleis and Achaian Colonisation." In Introduction to an Inventory of Poleis. Acts of the Copenhagen Polis Centre 3, edited by M. H. Hansen. Copenhagen: Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab, 1996.

"The Role of Language in Greek Ethnicities." Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 41 (1995).

"How Argive was the "Argive" Heraion? The Political and Cultic Geography of the Argive Plain, 900–400 BC." American Journal of Archaeology 99 (1995).


—Co-organizes international conference, "The Connected Iron Age: Interregional Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean, 900–600 BCE"
—Publishes Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian (Chicago, 2014)
—Publishes A History of the Archaic Greek World, ca. 1200–479 BCE, 2nd edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)