Tue, 2014-12-23 14:22 -- Shelly Rojas

He is the author of Xenophon and the History of His Times (Routledge, 1995), articles on Greek Classical and Hellenistic historiography, and the Loeb edition of Xenophon's Anabasis. His latest publication is Clio's Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho (Michigan, 2015), a monograph on non-Greek historiography written in the Greek language in early Ptolemaic Egypt and Seleucid Babylon.

Research Interests

The focus of my research is ancient historical writing, chiefly Greek. I am especially interested in late Classical and early Hellenistic historiography.

Selected Publications


Xenophon and the History of His Times, Routledge: London and New York, 1995. 337 pp. + xii. ISBN 0-415-09139-X. Paperback 2012 ISBN 978-0-415-64293-4

Xenophon Anabasis, Revised and with a new introduction. Loeb Classical Library, Harvard University Press: Cambridge Mass. 1998 ISBN 0-674-99101X.  Reprinted with corrections in 2001.

Clio’s ‘Other’ Sons: Berossus and Manetho (The University of Michigan Press) 2015. 978-0-472-07227-9/978-0-472-05227-1

Recent Articles

• “Quintus Fabius Pictor and Greco-Roman Historiography at Rome’, in Vertis in Usum: Studies in Honor of Edward Courtney, J.F. Miller, C. Damon, K.S. Myers eds. (Munich and Leipzig 2002) 1-23

• “Ephebes in the Stadium (Not the Theatre): Ath. Pol. 42.4 and IG II2.351”, Classical Quarterly 52 (2002) 462-70

• “Putting him back together again: Apion historian, Apion grammatikos”, Classical Philology 98 (2003) 383-90

• “Manetho and Udjahorresne: Designing royal names for non-Egyptian pharaohs”, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 144 (2003) 201-2

•"Xenophon, the Military Review and Hellenistic Pompai", in Proceedings of The World of Xenophon International Conference, July 1999 Liverpool UK. = Historia Einzelschrift Band 172 (2004) 259-76

• “The Theates theon: Josephus CAp 1.232 Reconsidered”, Classical Journal 99 (2004) 239-52

• “Alexander’s Tomb at ‘Rhacotis’: Ps. Callisth. 3.34.5 and the Oracle of the Potter,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 148 (2004) 252-58

• “Chresmologues and Manteis: Independent Diviners and the Problem of Authority” in Mantikê. Studies in Ancient Divination, S.I. Johnston and P. Struck eds. (Leiden 2005) 167-  231

• “Greek Sacred History,” American Journal of Philology 126 (2005) 505-26

• “Cambyses and the Egyptian Chaosbeschreibung Tradition,” Classical Quarterly 55 (2005) 387-406

• Articles on late Classical and Hellenistic history for The Cambridge Guide to Classical Civilization (Cambridge 2006)

• “Clio’s Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho” in J. Marincola ed., Blackwell Companion to Ancient Historiography (Malden MA, Oxford, Carlton 2007) vol.1, 221-230

• “Exile: the Making of the Greek Historian” in Jan Felix Gaertner ed., Writing Exile: the Discourse of Displacement in Greco-Roman Antiquity and Beyond (Leiden 2007) 51-70

• “The Theates: More Texts, Further Thoughts”, Classical Journal 103 (2007) 243-51

• “Roman Historians and the Greeks, Audiences and Models”, in Andrew Feldherr ed., Cambridge Companion to Roman Historiography (Cambridge 2009) 77-107

• “Building a house: I Cor. 3.6ff., Xenophon’s Memorabilia, and the persistence of an image,” Antiphilēsis : studies on classical, Byzantine and modern Greek literature and culture : in honour of John-Theophanes A. Papademetriou (2009) 414-16


I was an undergraduate at Oberlin College, earning my AB in Ancient Greek in 1983. I received my MA (1987) and PhD (1989) from the University of Michigan.


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