Lecturers and Fellows

The Program fosters faculty research and teaching about the ancient world, from archaic Greece to the Late Antique Mediterranean, hosting lectures, colloquia, and workshops and bringing distinguished faculty from many different countries as Magie Lecturers and Visiting Fellows.

Magie Lecturers

Named after David Magie ’97, the distinguished Princeton Roman historian, the Magie Lecture represents the most prestigious event hosted by PAW. Ever since the inaugural lecture delivered by Christian Habicht in 1988, and published under the title Hellenistic Athens and Her Philosophers, year after year speakers from many different countries have addressed topics spanning the whole remit of PAW, from archaeology to religion, from archaic Greece to the Late Antique Mediterranean.

The Magie Lecturer 2023-2024:
Erich Gruen, University of California, Berkeley (October 25, 2023)
Were the Ancient Greeks Responsible for Antisemitism?

List of past speakers:

Kostas Buraselis, University of Athens (April 18, 2023)
Roman Citizenship and its Value in the Roman Empire until and after the Constitutio Antoniniana

Claudia Rapp, University of Vienna (December 8, 2022)
Communities of Piety from Late Antiquity to Byzantium

Josh Ober, Stanford University (April 22, 2021)
Thucydides on asymmetrical relations between states: Rationality and its limits

Josiah Ober, Stanford University, (April 28, 2020) CANCELLED due to COVID-19

John Ma, Columbia University (April 29, 2019)
The Three Cities of Dio Chrysostom: Conflict and Utopia in the Roman East

John Scheid, Professeur émérite , Collège de France (April 24, 2018) What was a grove in the suburbs of Rome during the Empire?

Emma Dench,  Harvard University  (Nov 16, 2016) ‘Roman Imperial Change as Conversion Narrative’

Michele Faraguna, Università di Trieste (April 19, 2016): Documents, Public Information, and the Historian: Perspectives on Fifth-Century Athens

Kai Brodersen, Universität Erfurt (September 30th, 2014): Philostratus and the Octoberfest: How the Rediscovery of an Ancient Text Shaped the Modern Olympics

Christopher Tuplin, University of Liverpool (November 5, 2013): The Fall and Rise of the Temple of Elephantine: Politics and Religion in the Achaemenid Empire

Hendrik S. Versnel, Leiden University (November 6, 2012): Coping with the Gods: Implications and Complications of Greek Polytheism

Pierre Briant, Collège de France (March 13, 2012): History and Historiography of Alexander the Great in the long XVIII th Century: A Forgotten Legacy

Nicholas Purcell, Oxford University (March 3rd, 2011): Capitoline Contraditions: From Constantine to Tarquinius Priscus

Neil McLynn, Oxford University (November 19, 2009): Julian and the Christian Professors

David Frankfurter, University of New Hampshire (October 23, 2007)

Greg Woolf, University of St. Andrews (November 7, 2006)

Roger Bagnall, Columbia University (April 24, 2006)

Martin Goodman, Oxford University (March 11, 2005)

Andrew Stewart, University of California, Berkeley (November 11, 2004)

Brent D. Shaw, University of Pennsylvania (February 19, 2004)

Ian Morris, Stanford University (November 19, 2002)

Peter Garnsey, Cambridge University (April 21-26, 2002)

Walter Burkert, University of Zurich (April 23, 2001)

Diana E. E. Kleiner, Yale University (March 9, 2000)

James Luce, Princeton University (March 9-10, 1999)

Fergus Millar, Oxford University (March 23-26, 1998)

John Matthews, Yale University (April 8, 1997)

Sir John Boardman, Oxford University (February 15, 1996)

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University (February 15, 1995)

J. Graham, University of Pennsylvania (February 17, 1994)

R. Connor, Princeton University (April 23, 1992)

Peter Brown, Princeton University (May 9, 1991)

PAW Fellows

Every year, the Program invites a distinguished scholar from one of its fields to spend a week in Princeton. The PAW fellows usually deliver one lecture and one seminar and meet the PAW graduate students in an informal setting, sharing their professional experience.

The PAW Fellow for 2023-2024: Kostas Vlassopoulos, University of Crete,
April 17-19, 2024 (to be confirmed).

Past fellows

Manuel Fernández-Götz, University of Edinburgh (March 22-24, 2023)

Joseph Manning, Yale University (November 12-16, 2020)

Joseph Manning, Yale University (March 11-13, 2020) CANCELLED due to COVID-19

Catherine Morgan, All Souls College, Oxford (March 13-15, 2018)

P. J. Kosmin, Classics, Harvard University (February 13-17, 2017)

Hannah Cotton, Hebrew University of Jerusalem (March 28-April 3, 2016)

Martin Goodman, University of Oxford (April 13-17, 2015)

Martin Jehne, Dresden University (February 9-15, 2014)

Rosalind Thomas, University of Oxford (April 7-13, 2013)

Hans-Joachim Gehrke, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (April 23-27, 2012)

Steven Mason, York University (April 11-15, 2011)

Ulrich Gotter, University of Konstanz (March 20-27, 2010)

Werner Eck, Institut für Altertumskunde/Alte Geschichte Universität zu Köln (April 20-24, 2009)

Johannes Hahn, University of Münster (March 24-28, 2008)

Susan Alcock, Brown University (April 30 – May 3, 2007)

Robin Osborne, Cambridge University (March 28 – 31, 2006)

Robert Parker, Oxford University (March 23 – 26, 2004)

Friedrich-Wilhelm von Hase (February 16 – 21, 2003)

Walter Burkert, University of Zurich (Switzerland) (April 23, 2001)

Richard Gordon (March 27 – 31, 2000)

Timothy D. Barnes, University of Toronto (October 9 – 13, 2000)

Vinzenz Brinkmann, Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek, Munich (October 21 – 23, 1998)

Fergus Millar, Oxford University (March 23 – 26, 1998)

Erich Gruen, University of California, Berkeley (March 26 – 28, 1997)

Pieter W. van der Horst, University of Utrecht (March 4 – 8, 1996)

Carla Antonaccio, Wesleyan (October 16 – 20, 1995)

John Scheid, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Paris (April 3 – 8, 1995)

Dorothy Thompson, Cambridge University (March 21 – 25, 1994)

Charles Hedrick, University of California, Santa Cruz (September 19 – 23, 1994)

Richard Saller, University of Chicago (February 15 – 26, 1993)

Averil Cameron, King’s College, University of London (February 7 – 13, 1993)

Keith Hopkins, Cambridge University (October 5 – 12, 1991)

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