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Dr. Roel Konijnendijk


Teaching Fellow

Tel: 0247 615 0408
Email: R dot Konijnendijk at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room 234
Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL


After my MA at Leiden University in the Netherlands, I spent a year in Taiwan and another year working for the Dutch National Museum of Antiquities before moving to the UK to start my PhD in 2011. My project was based at UCL, and I worked there until 2015. Upon receiving my doctorate, I was awarded a Past & Present Junior Research Fellowship at the Institute of Historical Research, which allowed me to turn my thesis into a book. I joined Warwick as a Teaching Fellow in 2017.

Research interests

My research is focused on Classical Greek military thought and practice, and the clash of the Greek and Persian military systems. My thesis asked what cultural and practical limitations shaped Greek approaches to pitched battle: what did they think was possible and acceptable in the service of victory? This research is mostly based on a study of contemporary Greek literature (historical texts, treatises on leadership and strategy, and military manuals). Additional research interests include the historiography of Greek warfare, the values underpinning Greek warring methods, and the Achaemenid Persian Empire and its military machine.

Teaching and supervision

Selected publications

  • Classical Greek Tactics: A Cultural History (Leiden: Brill, 2017)
  • ‘Mardonius’ senseless Greeks’, Classical Quarterly 66.1 (2016), 1-12
  • ‘Iphikrates the innovator and the historiography of Lechaion’, in N.V. Sekunda and B. Burliga (eds.), Iphicrates, Peltasts and Lechaeum (Gdansk: Akanthina, 2014), 84-94
  • “Neither the less valorous nor the weaker”: Persian military might and the battle of Plataia’, Historia 61.1 (2012), 1-17


  • BA; MPhil (Leiden)
  • PhD (UCL)

Office hours

Friday, 2-3pm