Claire Taylor

Position title: Professor & John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Chair of Ancient Greek History


Phone: 608.263.2339

Office: 5122 Mosse Humanities
Mailbox: 5015 Mosse Humanities
Office Hours: Mondays 11:00-11:45am, Wednesdays 10:45-11:45am, or by appointment in 5122 Mosse Humanities

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.


Ph.D., University of Cambridge
M.A., King’s College London
B.A., University of Nottingham


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.

History Courses

  • History 110 – The Ancient Mediterranean
  • History 200 – Historical Studies: Athens C. 550-450 BCE: The Making of a City – Syllabus 2022 (pdf)
  • History 201 – The Historian’s Craft: Athenian Democracy – Syllabus 2022 (pdf)
  • History 303 – A History of Greek Civilization – Syllabus 2021 (pdf)
  • History 600 – Advanced Seminar in History: Citizens and Slaves in the Ancient Greek World – Syllabus 2020 (pdf)
  • History 801 – Seminar in Ancient History: Manumission in the Ancient Greek and Roman World – Syllabus 2022 (pdf)