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Professor James Davidson


On leave Terms 2 and 3 2024.
Tel: 22134

Email: James dot Davidson at warwick dot ac dot uk

FAB 2.19, Faculty of Arts Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

Research interests

Prof. James Davidson works on Greek social and cultural history and historiography. He has written articles on Polybius, Greek public bars and Dido and child-sacrifice and is a regular contributor to The London Review of Books, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and The Sunday Times. His first book, Courtesans and Fishcakes: The Consuming Passions of Classical Athens was published in 1997. The Greeks and Greek Love (2007) won three international prizes for history.

He served on the Council for the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies from 2001 to 2004, and was a member of the Classical Association Journals Board 2000–2010.

Teaching and supervision



Recent research degrees supervised include:

  • Sacred water in Greek religion (PhD)
  • Function and functionality of the vase in Athenian society (MPhil/PhD)
  • Boeotian Cults and Practices (PhD)

Administrative roles

  • Examinations Secretary, University Disciplinary Committee, University Appeals Committee.

Selected publications

Professional associations

  • Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies


  • MA (Oxford)
  • M.A., M.Phil. (Columbia)
  • D.Phil. (Oxford)

Drop in hours

Wednesday 13.00 and by appointment.


Undergraduate modules

Sex and Gender in Antiquity
Food and Drink in the Ancient Mediterranean

Hellenistic World

Postgraduate modules