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Jim Roy

Emeritus Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Research Summary

My research interests are Greek social and institutional history, the Greek countryside, and the local history and archaeology of Arkadia and Elis.

Recent Publications

  • ROY, J., 2009. Elis.. In: FUNKE, P. and LURAGHI, N., eds., The politics of ethnicity and the crisis of the Peloponnesian League Cambridge Mass. and London: Center for Hellenic Studies. 30-48
  • ROY, J., 2009. The Spartan-Elean war of c. 400. Athenaeum. 97, 69-86
  • ROY, J., 2009. Finding the limits of Lakonia: defining and redefining communities on the Spartan-Arkadian frontier.. In: CAVANAGH, W. G., GALLOU, C. and GEORGIADIS, M., eds., Sparta and Laconia from prehistory to pre-modern.: Proceedings of the Conference held in Sparta, organised by the British School at Athens, the University of Nottingham, the E′ Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and the 5th Ephore London: British School at Athens. 205-211
  • ROY, J., 2009. Review of S. Minon Les inscriptions éléennes dialectales (VIe-IIe siècle avant J.-C.), Vol. I Textes, Vol. II Grammaire et vocabulaire institutionnel. (École Pratique des Hautes Études Sciences historiques et philogiques III, Hautes Études du Monde Gréco-Romain 38, Geneva, Droz, 2007) Classical Review. 59, 241-242

Past Research

Recent publications include:

  • Defining ancient Arkadia (Acts of the Copenhagen Polis Centre, Volume 6, 1999) editor with T. H. Nielsen.
  • "The Achaian League." pp. 81-95 in K. Buraselis and K. Zoumboulakis (edd.) The idea of European community in history, Vol. II: Aspects of connecting poleis and ethne in Ancient Greece (Athens, 2003).
  • "The ambitions of a mercenary." pp. 264-288 in R. Lane Fox (ed.) The long march (New Haven and London, 2004).
  • "Elis."pp. 489-504 in M. H. Hansen and T. H. Nielsen (edd.) An inventory of archaic and classical poleis (Oxford, 2004).



  • ROY, J., 2009. Elis.. In: FUNKE, P. and LURAGHI, N., eds., The politics of ethnicity and the crisis of the Peloponnesian League Cambridge Mass. and London: Center for Hellenic Studies. 30-48
  • ROY, J., 2009. The Spartan-Elean war of c. 400. Athenaeum. 97, 69-86
  • ROY, J., 2009. Finding the limits of Lakonia: defining and redefining communities on the Spartan-Arkadian frontier.. In: CAVANAGH, W. G., GALLOU, C. and GEORGIADIS, M., eds., Sparta and Laconia from prehistory to pre-modern.: Proceedings of the Conference held in Sparta, organised by the British School at Athens, the University of Nottingham, the E′ Ephoreia of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and the 5th Ephore London: British School at Athens. 205-211
  • ROY, J., 2009. Review of S. Minon Les inscriptions éléennes dialectales (VIe-IIe siècle avant J.-C.), Vol. I Textes, Vol. II Grammaire et vocabulaire institutionnel. (École Pratique des Hautes Études Sciences historiques et philogiques III, Hautes Études du Monde Gréco-Romain 38, Geneva, Droz, 2007) Classical Review. 59, 241-242
  • ROY, J., 2009. Review of S. Minon Les inscriptions éléennes dialectales (VIe-IIe siècle avant J.-C.), Vol. I Textes, Vol. II Grammaire et vocabulaire institutionnel. (École Pratique des Hautes Études Sciences historiques et philologiques III, Hautes Études du Monde Gréco-Romain 38, Geneva, Droz, 2007). Historische Zeitschrift. 288, 417-419
  • ROY, J., 2009. Living in the mountains: Arkadian identity in the classical period.. In: GALLOU, C. and GEORGIADIS, M., eds., The Past in the Past: The Significance of Memory and Tradition in the Transmission of Culture Oxford: Archaeopress. 57-65
  • NIELSEN, T. H. and ROY, J., 2009. The Peloponnese.. In: RAAFLAUB, K. A. and VAN WEES, H., eds., A companion to archaic Greece Oxford and Malden MA: Wiley-Blackwell. 255-272
  • HODKINSON, S., 2008. Bill Cavanagh: a personal appreciation. In: GALLOU, C., GEORGIADIS, M. and MUSKETT, G. M., eds., Dioskouroi: Studies presented to W.G. Cavanagh and C.B. Mee on the anniversary of their 30-year joint contribution to Aegean Archaeology Oxford: Archaeopress. 3
  • ROY, J., 2008. Elis in the later Hellenistic and early Roman periods. In: GRANDJEAN, C., ed., Le Péloponnèse d’Épaminondas à Hadrien.: Colloque de Tours 6-7 octobre 2005. Bordeaux: Éditions Ausonius.
  • 2008. Fifty years in Arkadia. Πενήντα χρόνια στην Αρκαδία.. In: PIKOULAS, Y. A., ed., Ιστορίες για την Αρκαδία: Proceedings of the International Symposium in honour of James Roy Stemnitsa: Demos Trikolonon and University of Thessaly. 39-51, 52-62
  • ROY, J., 2008. Perceptions of the Arkadian landscape.. In: DOUKELLIS, P. N., ed., Histoires du paysage Athens: University of Athens. 49-65
  • ROY, J., 2008. Homonoia in Inschriften von Olympia 260: the problem of dating concord in Elis. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 167, 67-72
  • PARADISO, A. and ROY, J., 2008. Lepreon and Phyrkos in 421-420. Klio. 90, 27-35
  • ROY, J., 2007. Xenophon's Anabasis as a traveller’s memoir.. In: ADAMS, C. and ROY, J., eds., Travel, geography and culture in ancient Greece and the Near East Oxford: Oxbow.
  • ROY, J., 2007. They ate what? Omnibus. 54, 9-11
  • ADAMS, C. and ROY, J., eds., 2007. Travel, geography and culture in ancient Greece and the Near East Oxford: Oxbow.
  • ROY, J., 2007. Pausanias 5.9.6: the number of Hellanodikai at Elis in 364 B.C.. In: , ed., Πρακτικά του Ζ´ Διεθνούς Συνεδρίου Πελοποννησιακών Σπουδών: Pyrgos-Gastouni-Amaliada 11-17 September 2005 Vol. 1. Athens: Society for Peloponnesian Studies. 225-232
  • ROY, J., 2007. H λατρεία του Διονύσου (και η κατανάλωση οίνου) στην κλασική Aρκαδία. Οἶνον ἱστορῶ. 6, 17-23 with Plates 1-4
  • ROY, J., 2007. The urban layout of Megalopolis in its civic and confederate context.. In: WESTGATE, R., FISHER, N. and WHITLEY, J., eds., Building Communities: house, settlement and society in the Aegean and beyond.: Proceedings of a conference held at Cardiff University, 17 – 21 April 2001 London: British School at Athens. 289-295
  • ROY, J., 2006. Elean voting-tokens and courts at Psophis in the later third century. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 156, 129-130
  • ROY, J., 2006. Review of S. B. Zoumbaki, Elis und Olympia in der Kaiserzeit (Meletemata 32, Athens, 2001) Αρχαιογνωσία. 14, 343-346
  • ROY, J., 2006. Review of Claudia Ruggeri, Gli stati intorno a Olimpia: storia e costituzione degli stati formati dai perieci elei (400-362 a.C.) (Historia Einzelschrift 170) (Franz Steiner, Stuttgart, 2004) Gnomon. 78, 33-36
  • ROY, J., 2006. Review of S. B. Zoumbaki, Prosopographie der Eleer bis zum 1. Jh. v. Chr. (Meletemata 40.) (Athens: Institut für Griechische und Römische Antike, Nationales Hellenisches Forschungszentrum/Paris: Diffusion de Boccard, 2005). Classical Review. 56, 389-390
  • ROY, J., 2006. Review of D. Knoepfler and M. Piérart (edd.) Éditer, traduire, commenter Pausanias en l’an 2000 (Geneva: Université de Neuchâtel and Librairie Droz, 2001) Classical Review. 245-246
  • ROY, J., 2006. Review of S. B. Zoumbaki, Prosopographie der Eleer bis zum 1. Jh. v. Chr. (Meletemata 40.) (Athens: Institut für Griechische und Römische Antike, Nationales Hellenisches Forschungszentrum/Paris: Diffusion de Boccard, 2005). Historische Zeitschrift. 282, 744-745
  • ROY, J., 2006. Review of A. D.Rizakis (ed.) Paysages d’Achaïe II: Dymé et son territoire. Actes du colloque international Dymaia et Bouprasia, Kato Achaïa, 6-8 October 1995 (Meletemata 29, Athens 2000) Classical Review. 56, 250
  • ROY, J., 2005. Review of N. F. Jones, Rural Athens under the democracy (University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 2004) Hermathena. 179, 208-211
  • ROY, J., 2005. Synoikizing Megalopolis: the scope of the synoikism and the interests of local Arkadian communities.. In: ØSTBY, E., ed., Ancient Arcadia.: Papers from the third international seminar on Ancient Arcadia, held at the Norwegian Institute at Athens, 7-10 May 2002 Athens: Norwegian Institute at Athens. 261-270
  • ROY, J., 2004. The ambitions of a mercenary.. In: LANE FOX, R., ed., The long march: Xenophon and the Ten Thousand Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut. 264-288
  • ROY, J., 2004. The ambitions of a mercenary.. In: LANE FOX, R., ed., The long march: Xenophon and the Ten Thousand Yale University Press, New Haven, Connecticut. 264-288
  • ROY, J., 2004. Elis. In: HANSEN, M.H and NIELSEN, T.H., eds., An inventory of archaic and classical Poleis: an investigation conducted by the Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation Oxford: Oxford University Press. 489-504
  • ROY, J., 2004. Elis. In: HANSEN, M.H and NIELSEN, T.H., eds., An inventory of archaic and classical Poleis: an investigation conducted by the Copenhagen Polis Centre for the Danish National Research Foundation Oxford: Oxford University Press. 489-504
  • ROY, J., 2003. The Achaian League. In: BURASELIS, K. and ZOUMBOULAKIS, K., eds., The idea of European community in history: conference proceedings: Vol. II: Aspects of connecting poleis and ethne in Ancient Greece Athens: National and Capodistrian University of Athens/Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. 81-95
  • ROY, J., 2003. The Achaian League. In: BURASELIS, K. and ZOUMBOULAKIS, K., eds., The idea of European community in history: conference proceedings: Vol. II: Aspects of connecting poleis and ethne in Ancient Greece Athens: National and Capodistrian University of Athens/Greek Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs. 81-95
  • ROY, J., 2003. 'The Arkadians' in Inschriften von Magnesia 38 Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 145, 123-130
  • ROY, J., 2003. 'The Arkadians' in Inschriften von Magnesia 38 Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. 145, 123-130
  • ROY, J., 2002. The synoikism of Elis. In: Even more studies in the ancient Greek polis, Papers of the Copenhagen Polis Centre 6: Historia Einzelschriften 162 249-264
  • ROY, J., 2002. The synoikism of Elis. In: Even more studies in the ancient Greek polis, Papers of the Copenhagen Polis Centre 6: Historia Einzelschriften 162 249-264
  • ROY, J., 2002. The pattern of settlement in Pisatis: the 'eight poleis'. In: Even more studies in the ancient Greek polis, Papers of the Copenhagen Polis Centre 6: Historia Einzelschriften 162 229-247
  • ROY, J., 2002. The pattern of settlement in Pisatis: the 'eight poleis'. In: Even more studies in the ancient Greek polis, Papers of the Copenhagen Polis Centre 6: Historia Einzelschriften 162 229-247
  • ROY, J., 2002. Review of P. Brun 'Démade: essai d'histoire et d'historiographie', (Bordeaux, 2000) Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 2002.09.22,
  • ROY, J., 2001. Arkadia - how far from the Greek miracle?. In: Gab es das Griechische Wunder? Griechenland zwischen dem Ende des 6. und der Mitte des 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. 263-278
  • ROY, J., 2001. Arkadia - how far from the Greek miracle?. In: Gab es das Griechische Wunder? Griechenland zwischen dem Ende des 6. und der Mitte des 5. Jahrhunderts v. Chr. 263-278
  • ROY, J. and SCHOFIELD, D., 2000. IvO 9: a new approach Horos. 13, 155-156
  • ROY, J. and NIELSEN, T.H., eds., 2000. Defining Ancient Arkadia, 'Acts of the Copenhagen Polis Centre', Vol.6
  • ROY, J., 2000. The Arkadian economies. In: Defining Ancient Arkadia 320-381
  • ROY, J., 2000. Review of O.Dany, 'Arkarnanien im Hellenismus: Geschichte und V”lkerrecht in Nordwestgriechenland' (Mnchener Beitr„ge zur Papyrusforschung und antiken Rechtsgeschichte, 89) Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 00.02.21,
  • ROY, J., 2000. Problems of democracy in the Arcadian confederacy 370-62 BC. In: Alternatives to Athens: varieties of political organisation and community in ancient Greece Oxford University Press, Oxford. 308-326
  • ROY, J., 2000. Review of C. Ulf (ed.), 'Ideologie - Sport - Aussenseiter. Aktuelle Aspekte einer Besch„ftigung mit der antiken Gesellschaft' (Innsbrucker Beitr„ge zur Kulturwissenschaft Sonderheft, 108), Innsbruck Bryn Mawr Classical Review. 01.06.14,
  • ROY, J., 2000. The frontier between Arkadia and Elis in classical antiquity. In: Polis and politics: studies in ancient Greek history presented to Mogens Herman Hansen on his sixtieth birthday 133-156
  • ROY, J., 2000. Introduction: progress in Arkadia. In: Defining Ancient Arkadia 7-15
  • ROY, J. and SCHOFIELD, D., 1999. Inschriften von Olympia 9: The use of three-dimensional computer modelling to identify the name of the state with which Elis formed a treaty of alliance c. 500 BC Horos. 13, 155-165
  • ROY, J., 1999. Review of M.Casevitz, M.Jost, J. Marcad‚, 'Pausanias Description de la GrŠce', (Livre VIII, Paris:Les Belles Lettres, 1998) Classical Review. 49, 371-372
  • ROY, J., 1999. Polis and oikos in classical Athens Greece and Rome. 46, 1-18
  • ROY, J., 1999. The masculinity of the Hellenistic king. In: When men were men. Masculinity, power and identity in classical antiquity Routledge, London and New York.
  • ROY, J., 1999. Les cit‚s d'lide In: Le PeloponnŠse: Arch‚ologie et Histoire..
  • ROY, J. and NIELSEN, T.H., 1998. The Azanians of Northern Arkadia 49, 5-44
  • ROY, J., 1998. The threat from the Piraeus. In: Kosmos Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK. 191-202
  • ROY, J., 1998. Thucydides 5.49.1-50.4: the quarrel between Elis and Sparta in 420 B.C., and Elis' exploitation of Olympia Klio. 80, 360-368
  • ROY, J., 1998. Review of H. Beck, 'Polis und Koinon' 9(4), 305-308
  • ROY, J., 1997. Megalopolis. In: The Dictionary of Art (1996) 21. MacMillan Publishers Ltd, London. 25-26
  • ROY, J., 1997. The perioikoi of Elis. In: The Polis as an urban centre and as a political community (Acts of the Copenhagen Polis Centre, 4) Munksgaard, København, Denmark. 282-320
  • ROY, J., 1997. Spartan aims in the Spartan-Elean war of c.400: further thoughts Electronic Antiquity. 3(6),
  • ROY, J., 1997. An alternative sexual morality for classical Athenians Greece and Rome. 44, 11-22
  • ROY, J., 1997. Review of G. Thr and H. Taeuber, Prozessrechtliche Inschriften der griechischen Poleis: Arkadien (IPArk) (Vienna, 1994) Journal of Hellenic Studies. 117, 255-256
  • ROY, J., 1997. Review of Y.A. Pikoulas, Odiko diktyo kai amyna apo tin Korintho sto Argos kai tin Arkadia. (Road network and defence from Corinth to Argos and Arkadia.) (Athens, 1995) Classical Review. 47, 399-400
  • ROY, J., 1996. Polis and tribe in classical Arkadia. In: More studies in the ancient Greek polis (Papers from the Copenhagen Polis Centre 3, Historia Einzelschriften 108) 107-112
  • ROY, J., 1996. Articles on 'Arcadia' (pp.138-9), the 'Arcadian League' (pp.139-40), 'Lycosura' (p.897), 'Megalopolis' (pp.950-1), 'Orchomenus' (p.1073), 'Stymphalus' (pp.1449-50), and 'Tegea' (pp. 1478-9). In: Oxford Classical Dictionary 3rd. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  • ROY, J., 1996. The countryside in classical Greek drama, and isolated farms in dramatic landscapes. In: Human Landscapes in Classical Antiquity: environment and culture. Routledge, London and New York. 98-118
  • ROY, J., 1996. Review of: W J Cherf (ed.) 'Alpha to Omega: Studies in Honour of George John Szemler on his Sixty-Fifth Birthdaq', Chicago 1993 Classical Review. 46, 176-177
  • ROY, J., 1996. Review of P Briant et al., 'Le monde grec aux temps classique', Tome 1 Le Ve siŠcle, Paris 1995 6, 253-257
  • ROY, J., 1996. Review of: M Fell, C Sch„fer, L Wierschowski (ed.), 'Datenbanken in der Alten Geschichte', St. Katharinen 1994 Classical Review. 46, 178
  • ROY, J., 1996. Review of B Lincoln, 'Authority: Construction and Corrosion' Chicago 1994 Classical Review. 46, 189
  • ROY, J., 1995. Review of Anastasiadis V I, 'Charaktirismi kinonikon stromaton ke I ennia "taxis" stin archean Ellada (i.e. Definitions of social strata and the term "taxis" in Ancient Greece)' (Thessaloniki, 1992) Classical Review. 45, 186-187
  • ROY, J., 1995. La lecture des textes en Grande Bretagne 11, 15-18
  • ROY, J., 1995. Lysias 29.12: jurors from the Piraeus Electronic Antiquity. 3(3),
  • ROY, J., 1995. Review of Powell, A; and Hodkinson, S (eds.), 'The shadow of Sparta' Classical Review. 45, 323-325
  • ROY, J., 1995. Review of Orsi, D P; 'La lotta politica a Siracusa alla met… del IV secolo a.c.' Classical Review. 45, 471-472
  • ROY, J., 1995. Review of Fisher, N R E 'Slavery in Classical Greece' , London (1993) Classical Review. 45, 190
  • ROY, J., 1994. Review of Pikoulas, G, 'I notia Megalopolitiki chora apo ton 8o p.Ch. os ton 40 M.Ch. aiona' Classical Review. 44, 113-114
  • ROY, J., 1994. Review of Ridgway, D, 'The first Western Greeks' Classical Review. 44, 228-229
  • ROY, J., 1994. Thebes in the 360s BC. In: Cambridge Ancient History, VI, The fourth century BC Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK.
  • ROY, J., 1994. Review of Laqueur, R (Brodersen, K. ed.) 'Diodors Geschichtswerk - Die šberlieferung von Buch I-V: aus dem Nachlass herausgegeben von Kai Brodersen' Classical Review. 44, 204-205
  • ROY, J., 1994. Response to Ziolkowski J. In: The birth of the European identity: the Europe-Asia contrast in Greek thought 490-322 BC: Nottingham Classical Literature Seminar, 2, (1993) 36-42
  • ROY, J., 1994. Review of Millett, P., 'Lending and borrowing in ancient Athens' 13, 78-80

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