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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Prof. Johannes Haubold

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Areas of Doctoral Supervision

Most areas of Greek literature, especially epic. Contact and exchange between Greek and ancient Near Eastern literatures.


Johannes Haubold is Professor of Greek at Durham University. He studied Classics in Wuerzburg, Tuebingen and Cambridge, where he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Simon Goldhill. After two years as Eugenie Strong Junior Research Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge (1999-2001), he moved to Durham, where he has been teaching ever since. His main areas of interest are Greek epic and its reception; and the place of Greek literature in a wider Mediterranean and Near Eastern context. His latest book, Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature (Cambridge 2013), won the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (category 'Classics and Ancient History'). 

Professor Haubold is a member of the Academy of Europe/Academia Europaea

Current PhD Students

Melissa Gardner, A Song of Death in Strange New Strain: Collective Responses to Trauma in Ancient Greek and Akkadian Epic


Authored book

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • Haubold, J. (2017). 'Conflict, consensus and closure in Hesiod's Theogony and Enūma eliš'. In Conflict and Consensus in Early Greek Hexameter Poetry. Bassino, P., Canevaro, L.-G. & Graziosi, B. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 17-38.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2016). 'Dream and Reality in the Work of Heinrich Schliemann and Manfred Korfmann'. In Archaeology and Homeric Epic. Sherratt, S. & Bennett, J. Oxford: Oxbow Books. 11: 20-34.
  • Haubold, J. (2016). 'Hellenism, cosmopolitanism, and the role of Babylonian elites in the Seleucid empire'. In Cosmopolitanism and empire: universal rulers, local elites, and cultural integration in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean. Lavan, M. Payne, R. E. & Weisweiler, J. New York: Oxford University Press. 89-102.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2014). 'Kulturkontakt aus der Sicht des Homerlesers'. In Kulturkontakte in antiken Welten: Vom Denkmodell zum Fallbeispiel. Rollinger, Robert & Schnegg, Kordula Leuven: Peeters. 325-342.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2013). 'Berossus'. In The Romance between Greece and the East. Whitmarsh, Tim & Thomson, Stuart Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 105-116.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2013). 'Ethnography in the Iliad'. In Geography, Topography, Landscape: Configurations of Space in Greek and Roman Epic. Skempis, Marios & Ziogas, Ioannis Berlin: De Gruyter. 19-36.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2011). 'Lykien (und Kilikien) in der Ilias'. In Lag Troia in Kilikien? Der aktuelle Streit um Homers Ilias. Ulf, C. & Rollinger, R. Darmstadt, Germany: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft. 375-390.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2009). Epic poetry. In The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies. Boys-Stones, George., Graziosi, Barbara & Vasunia, Phiroze Oxford: Oxford University Press. 442-453.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2007). 'Athens and Aegina'. In Reading Herodotus. Greenwood, E. & Irwin, E. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Graziosi, Barbara & Haubold, Johannes (2007). 'Greek lyrik and early Greek literary history'. In Cambridge Companion to Greek Lyric. Budelmann, Felix Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2007). 'Homer after Parry: tradition, reception and the timeless text'. In Homer in the twentieth century. Graziosi, Barbara & Greenwood, Emily Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Budelmann, Felix & Haubold, Johannes (2007). 'Reception and tradition'. In Blackwell Companion to Ancient Receptions. Hardwick, L. & Stray, C. Oxford: Blackwell.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2007). 'Xerxes' Homer'. In Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millenium. Bridges, Emma, Hall, Edith & Rhodes, P. J. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 47-63.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2005). 'Heracles in the Hesiodic Catalogue of Women'. In The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions. Hunter, Richard Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2005). 'The Homeric Polis'. In The Imaginary Polis. Hansen, Mogens H. Copenhagen: The Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2004). 'Serse, Onomacrito e la ricezione di Omero'. In Momenti della ricezione omerica: poesia arcaica e teatro. G. Zanetto, D. Canavero, A. Capra & A. Sgobbi Milan: Cisalpino.
  • Haubold, Johannes, & Miles, Richard (2003). 'Communality and theatre in Libanius' Oration LXIV, In Defence of the Pantomimes'. In Culture and Society in Later Roman Antioch. Sandwell, I. & Huskinson, J. Oxford: Oxbow.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2001). 'Epic with an end: an interpretation of Homeric hymns 15 and 20'. In Homer, Tragedy and Beyond: Essays in Honour of P. E. Easterling. Budelmann, Felix & Michelakis, Pantelis London: Institute of Classical Studies.

Journal Article

  • Haubold, J. (2017). 'From text to reading in Enūma eliš'. Journal of Cuneiform Studies 69: 221-246.
  • Graziosi, Barbara & Haubold, Johannes (2015). 'The Homeric Text'. Ramus 44(1-2): 5-28.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2012). 'The Achaemenid empire and the sea'. Mediterranean Historical Review 27.1: 5-24.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2012). 'Visualisation in Homer and Gilgamesh'. KASKAL 9: 123-36.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2009). 'Conquering Greece: A Persian Perspective'. Omnibus 58.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2006). 'Homer between East and West'. Classics@ (3).
  • Graziosi, Barbara & Haubold, Johannes (2003). 'Homeric Masculinity: ΗΝΟΡΕΗ and ΑΓΗΝΟΡΙΗ'. Journal of Hellenic Studies 123: 60-76.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2003). 'Reinventing Troy'. Omnibus 45.
  • Haubold, Johannnes (2002). 'Greek epic: a Near Eastern genre?'. Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 48: 1-19.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2002). 'Wars of Wissenschaft: the new quest for Troy'. International Journal of the Classical Tradition 8(4): 564-79.
  • Haubold, Johannes (2000). 'The death of Hector'. Omnibus 39.