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Dr Kathryn Stevens

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Areas of Doctoral Supervision

Most periods of Greek history, especially the Hellenistic period. Mesopotamian history of the first millennium BC. Cross-cultural contact between Greece and the Near East.


Kathryn Stevens is Assistant Professor in Classics and Ancient History. She studied Classics with Akkadian at St John's College, Oxford (2004–8), and obtained her MPhil and PhD from King's College, Cambridge (2008–12). In 2012–13 she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Assyriology at the University of Copenhagen, and from 2013–17 held a Junior Research Fellowship at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 2014 she was awarded the prize for 'Best First Article After the PhD' by the International Association for Assyriology for her article 'Secrets in the Library: Protected Knowledge and Professional Identity in Late Babylonian Uruk' (Iraq 2013).

Her main research interests are in Greek and Mesopotamian cultural and intellectual history, with a particular focus on the Hellenistic period. Her forthcoming monograph, Between Hellas and Babylon: Hellenistic Intellectual History in Cross-Cultural Perspective (Cambridge University Press) examines connections between Greek and Babylonian scholarship in the Hellenistic period and argues for a new approach to the writing of Hellenistic intellectual histories. She has also written articles on Greek geography, Seleucid kingship and localism in the Hellenistic world.

Research Interests

  • Hellenistic history
  • Greek and Roman historiography
  • Greece and the Near East
  • Intellectual history
  • Mesopotamian history


Authored book

  • Stevens, Kathryn (Forthcoming). Between Hellas and Babylon: Hellenistic History in Cross-Cultural Perspective. Cambridge University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Robson, Eleanor & Stevens, Kathryn (2018). Scholarly tablet collections in first-millennium Assyria and Babylonia. In The Earliest Libraries: Library Tradition in the Ancient Near East. Barjamovic, G. & Ryholt, K. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Stevens, Kathryn (2016). Empire begins at home: local elites and imperial ideologies in Hellenistic Greece and Babylonia. 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. 65-88.
  • Stevens, Kathryn (2016). From Herodotus to a “Hellenistic” world? The eastern geographies of Aristotle and Theophrastus. In New Worlds out of Old Texts: Developing Techniques for the Spatial Analysis of Ancient Narratives. Barker, E., Bouzarovski, S., Pelling, C. & Isaksen, L. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 121-152.

Journal Article

  • Stevens, Kathryn (2014). The Antiochus Cylinder, Babylonian Scholarship and Seleucid Imperial Ideology. Journal of Hellenic Studies 134: 66-88.
  • Stevens, Kathryn (2013). Secrets in the Library: Protected Scholarship and Professional Identity in Late Babylonian Uruk. Iraq: Journal of the British Institute for the study of Iraq 75: 211-253.
  • Stevens, Kathryn (2012). Collations to the Antiochus Cylinder (BM 36277). N.A.B.U. nouvelles assyriologiques brèves et utilitaires 2012(2): 35, 46-47.

Book review

  • Stevens, Kathryn (2016). Review of Dillery (J.) Clio's Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho, with an Afterword on Demetrius. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2015. Pp. xxxviii + 494. $50. 9780472052271. The Journal of Hellenic Studies 136: 242-243.
  • Stevens, Kathryn (2015). Review of J. Koenig, K. Oikonomopoulou and G. Woolf (eds.) Ancient Libraries. Journal of Roman Studies 105: 401-402.
  • Stevens, Kathryn (2014). Review of J. Haubold, G. B. Lanfranchi, R. Rollinger and J. Steele (eds.) The World of Berossos: Proceedings of the 4th International Colloquium on 'The Ancient Near East Between Classical and Ancient Oriental Traditions', Hatfield College, Durham, 7th-9th July 2010. Journal of Hellenic Studies 134: 176-178.
  • Stevens, Kathryn (2014). Review of M. Vierros, Bilingual Notaries in Hellenistic Egypt: A Study of Greek as a Second Language. Journal of Hellenic Studies 134: 290-291.

Other (Print)

  • Stevens, Kathryn (2015). Alexander the Great and the Substitute King. (70): 24-25.