Claire Taylor

I am an historian of the ancient Greek world, specializing in the social, political and economic history of fifth- and fourth-century BCE Athens. My research focuses on the lived experience of marginalized peoples and the evidence they left behind. My main project examines poverty in fourth-century Athens, but I have also published work on ancient graffiti, political participation and female friendship.


  • PhD - University of Cambridge
  • MA - King's College London
  • BA - University of Nottingham 


Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World, co-edited with Kostas Vlassopoulos (Oxford: Oxford University Press 2015). View Book Details
Ancient Graffiti in Context, co-edited with J.A. Baird, (London & New York: Routledge 2011).  View Book Details

Selected Publications:

  • ‘Women’s social networks and female friendship in the ancient Greek world’, Gender & History 23.3 (2011): 704-21.
  • ‘Migration and the demes of Attica’, in Demography and Society in the Graeco-Roman World. New Approaches and Insights, edited by Claire Holleran & April Pudsey, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2011): 117-134.
  • ‘Lead letter days: Writing, communication, and crisis in the ancient Greek world’, [co-authored with Esther Eidinow], Classical Quarterly, 60.1 (2010): 30-62.
  • ‘From the whole citizen body? The sociology of election and lot in Athenian democracy’, Hesperia 76.2 (2007): 323-346.
  • ‘A new political world’, in The Anatomy of Cultural Revolution. Athens 430-380 BC edited by R. Osborne. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2007): 72-90.

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Claire Taylor

John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Assistant Professor of Ancient Greek History


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