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Alberto Esu

Assistant Professor in Ancient History, Faculty of Arts



I am originally from Sardinia, Italy. I studied for both my Laurea Triennale (BA) (2010) and my Laurea Magistrale (MA) (2013) in Classics at the Università di Cagliari. During this period I spent a semester as an Erasmus Exchange Student at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg (April - September 2012).

In 2013, I moved to the UK to take a second MA in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham. I took my PhD in Classics at the University of Edinburgh (2014-18). During my PhD, I spent research periods at the British School at Athens (2014) and in Munich where I held Jacobi Fellowship at the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik (2017).

In 2019 I moved to Germany to take up a Leverhulme Post-Doctoral Fellowship (SAS) at the Chair of Ancient History of the University of Mannheim (2019-2022). I am now happy to join the Nottingham Department of Classics and Archaeology.

Expertise Summary

My research focuses on political, institutional and legal history of the Classical and Hellenistic Greek World. I have published articles and chapters with emphasis on Classical Athens and Sparta, as well as aspects of Greek political thoughts and history of ideas. I am especially interested in the question of sovereignty, political legitimacy and honour and the way these ideas were enshrined in legal and political institutions of Greek political systems and societies.

Teaching Summary

I enjoy teaching a wide variety of courses and seminars on Ancient Greek political, social and cultural history, Greek and Roman historiography and Ancient Greek language.

In 2022/23 I am teaching on the following undergraduate and postgraduate modules:

- Beginners Greek 2

- Greek and Roman Mythology

- Interpreting Ancient History

- Myth, Society and Religion

- Periclean Athens: The Golden Age

- Studying the Greek World

- Telling Stories in the Greek and Roman World

My office hours (Autumn 22/23) are: Monday 11.00 - 12-00 and Wednesday 14.00 - 15.00

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