Jonathan M. Hall

Biography and Interests: 

Jonathan M. Hall

Title: Phyllis Fay Horton Distinguished Service Professor in the Humanities and Professor in the Departments of History and Classics and the College.
Education: Ph.D. University of Cambridge, 1993
Office: Wieboldt 403
Areas of Specialization: ancient Greek social, cultural, and political history; classical 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 just appeared in a second revised edition (Chichester, 2014).

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. Currently he is interested in nineteenth-century Greece and especially issues of cultural heritage in the newly independent kingdom. In 2009 he was awarded the Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.


Recent Books:

  • Artifact and Artifice: Classical Archaeology and the Ancient Historian (Chicago, 2014).
  • A History of the Archaic Greek World ca. 1200–479 BCE, second edition (Chichester, 2014).
  • Hellenicity: Between Ethnicity and Culture (Chicago, 2002).

Recent Articles:

  • "Quanto c’è di 'greco' nella 'colonizzazione greca?" in V. Nizzo and L. Donnellan (eds), Contestualizzare la prima colonizzazione. Turnhout: Brepols (forthcoming).
  • "Federalism and ethnicity," in H. Beck and P. Funke (eds), Greek Federal States. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (forthcoming).
  • "The rise of state action in the Archaic age," in H. Beck (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Greek Government, 9-21. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (2013). 
  • "The creation and expression of identity in the Classical world: Greece," in S.E. Alcock and R. Osborne (eds.), Classical Archaeology (Blackwell Studies in Global Archaeology), 350-367. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell (2nd edition, 2012).
  • "Early Greek settlement in the west: the limits of colonialism," in K. Bosher (ed.), Theatre Outside Athens: Drama in Greek Sicily and South Italy, 19-34. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2012).
  • "Imagining a community beyond the polis: the emergence and transformation of the ethnos," in M. Lombardo (ed.), Forme sovrapoleiche e interpoleiche di organizzazione nel mondo greco antico, 28-37. Galatina: Congedo (2008 [2011]).
  • "Autochthonous autocrats: the tyranny of the Athenian democracy," in K.O. Chong-Gossard, F. Vervaet and A. Turner (eds), Private and Public Lies: The Discourse of Despotism and Deceit in the Ancient World, 11-28. Leiden: Brill (2010).
  • "Foundation stories," in G. Tsetskhladze (ed.), Greek Colonisation. An Account of Greek Colonies and Other Settlements Overseas in the Archaic Period, Volume 2, 383-426. Leiden: Brill (2008).


  • Ancient Greek History and Modern Politics
  • Who Were the Greeks?
  • Aristophanes’ Lysistrata
  • Archaeology for Ancient Historians
  • Study Abroad Program in Athens
  • Ancient Mediterranean World I
  • Ancient Sparta
  • Aristophanes’ Athens
  • Early Rome