Brian Mc Ging
Fellow Emeritus, Classics

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Guerilla warfare and revolt in 2nd century BC Egypt in, editor(s)B. Hughes, F. Robson , Unconventional warfare from Antiquity to the present day, Palgrave, Macmillan, 2017, pp219 - 230, [Brian McGing] Book Chapter, 2017

Revolting Subjects: empires and insurrection, ancient and modern in, editor(s)J. J. Collins, J. G. Manning , Revolt and Resistance in the Ancient Classical World and Near East, Leiden, Brill, 2016, pp139 - 153, [Brian McGing] Book Chapter, 2016

Brian McGing, Review of The Land of the Elephant Kings, by Kosmin, P. , Acta Classica, 59, 2016, p222-226 Review, 2016

Hermathena, 190 (Summer 2011), (2015), 1 - 150p, B. C. McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2015

Hermathena, 191 Winter 2011, (2015), 1 - 138p, B. C. McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2015

Iranian kings in Greek dress? Cultural identity in the Mithradatid kingdom of Pontus in, editor(s)T. Bekker-Nielsen , Space, Place and Identity in Northern Anatolia, Stuttgart, Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014, pp21 - 37, [Brian C. McGing] Book Chapter, 2014

Hermathena, 189 (Winter 2010), (2014), 1 - 145p, B. C. McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2014

Hermathena, 188 (Summer 2010), (2014), 1 - 111p, B. C. McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2014

Youthfulness in Polybius: the case of Philip V of Macedon in, editor(s)Bruce Gibson, Thomas Harrison , Polybius and his world, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2013, pp181 - 199, [Brian McGing] Book Chapter, 2013

Hermathena, 186 (Summer 2009), (2013), 1 - 127p, B. C. McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2013

Hermathena, 187 (Winter 2009), (2013), 1 - 148p, B. C. McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2013

Hermathena, 185 (2008), (2012), 7 - 175p, Brian McGing, [eds.] Journal, 2012

Order to pay in, editor(s)D, Minutoli , Ineditie offerti a Rosario Pintaudi per il suo 65 compleanno, Firenze, Gonnelli, 2012, pp193 - 197, [Brian McGing] Book Chapter, 2012

Revolt in Ptolemaic Egypt: nationalism revisited in, editor(s)P. Schubert , Actes du 26e Congres international de papyrologie, Geneva, Droz, 2012, pp505 - 516, [Brian McGing] Book Chapter, 2012

Polybius and Herodotus in, editor(s)Christopher Smith and Liv Yarrow , Imperialism, cultural politics and Polybius, Oxford, OUP, 2012, pp33 - 49, [Brian McGing] Book Chapter, 2012

Brian McGing, Review of The Poison King. The life and legend of Mithradates, Rome's deadliest enemy, by Mayor, A. , Classical Review, 61, 2011, p542-544 Review, 2011

Brian McGing, Polybius' Histories, Oxford Approaches to Classical, New York, Oxford University Press, 2010, . xvi + 270pp Book, 2010

Introduction and notes in, editor(s)Translated by Robin Waterfield , Polybius The Histories, Oxford, OUP, 2010, ppvii-xliii; 447-477 , [Brian MGing] Book Chapter, 2010

Mithridates VI Eupator: victim or aggressor? in, editor(s)J. M. Hojte , Mithridates VI and the POntic Kingdom, Aarhus, Aarhus University Press, 2009, pp203 - 216, [Brian C. McGing] Book Chapter, 2009

Hermathena, 184 (Summer 2008), (2009), . 130p, Brian McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2009

Hermathena, 182 (Summer 2007), (2008), . 193p, Brian McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2008

Hermathena, 183 (Winter 2007), (2008), . 181p, Brian McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2008

Brian McGing, Review of Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome, by J. S. Edmondson, S. Mason, J. Rives , Journal of Roman Studies, 98, 2008, p193-195 Review, 2008

Hermathena, 181 (Winter 2006), (2007), . 257p, Brian McGing, Mark Humphries, [eds.] Journal, 2007

B.C. McGing, Review of Land and Power in Ptolemaic Egypt. The structure of land tenure, by Manning, J. G. , Classical Review, 57, 2007, p160-163 Review, 2007

Register of sequestrated property in, editor(s)A.J.B.Sirks, K.A. Worp , Papyri in memory of P.J.Sijpesteijn (P.Sijp), American Society of Papyrologists, 2007, pp216 - 218, [B. C. McGing] Book Chapter, 2007

Hermathena, 180 (Summer 2006), (2007), .150p, Brian McGing, [ed.] Journal, 2007

How to become Higher Commander of the Order of the Phoenix: the academic career of W. B. Stanford in, editor(s)J. V. Luce C. Morris C. Heywood , The Lure of Greece, Dublin, Hinds, 2007, pp101 - 110, [B. C. McGing] Book Chapter, 2007

Papyri in, editor(s)E. Bispham, T. Harrison, B. Sparkes , The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome, Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press, 2006, pp238 - 250, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2006

B.C. McGing, Judith Mossman, The Limits of Ancient Biography, The Classical Press of Wales, 2006, xix + 447pp Book, 2006

B.C. McGing, Review of Les Revoltes Egyptiennes. Recherches sur les troubles interieurs en Egypte du regne de Ptolemee III a la conquete romaine., by A.-E. Véisse , Archive fur Papyrusforscgung und verwandte Gebiete, 52, 2006, p58-63 Review, 2006

Philo's adaptation of the Bible in his Life of Moses in, editor(s)Brian McGing, Judith Mossman , The Limits of Ancient Biography, The Classical Press of Wales, 2006, pp117 - 140, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2006

Introduction in, editor(s)Tom Griffith , Jewish Antiquities. Flavius Josephus, Wordsworth Classics of World Literature, 2006, ppvii - xviii, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2006

Hermathena, 179 (Winter 2005), (2006), . 226p, Brian McGing, Mark Humphries, [eds.] Journal, 2006

Introduction in, editor(s)Brian McGing, Judith Mossman , The Limits of Ancient Biography, The Classical Press of Wales, 2006, ppix - xx, [Brian McGing, Judith Mossman] Book Chapter, 2006

B.C. McGing, Review of Imperialism and Jeweish Society, 200 B.C.E. to 640 CE. , by S. Schwartz , Journal of Roman Studies, 95, 2005, p271-273 Review, 2005

B.C. McGing, Review of Les Papyrus de Genève, Premier volume 2e édition , by P. Schubert, I. Jornot (eds) , Classical Review, 55, 2005, p327-329 Review, 2005

Pontus, Mithradates, Ehsan Yarshater, Encyclopaedia Iranica, 2005, [McGing, B.C.] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2005 URL

B.C. McGing, Ptolemaic Thebarchs, Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete , 50, 2004, p119 - 137 Journal Article, 2004

Parke, Stanford, Smyly, Tyrrell, Purser, R. Todd, Biographical Dictionary of British Classicists 1500-1960, 2004, [McGing, B.C.] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 2004

B.C. McGing, A royal oath from the Lycopolite nome, Papyrologica Florentina , 34, 2004, p149 - 152 Journal Article, 2004

Syntaxis payment for the temple at Antaiou in, editor(s)B. Kramer, J. Cowey , Paramone. Editionen und Aufsätze von Mitgliedern des Heidelberger Instituts für Papyrologie, 2004, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2004

B.C. McGing, Review of Appien. Histoire romaine Tome VII, Livre XII. La Guerre de Mithridate, by P. Goukowsky , Classical Review, 53, 2003, p319-321 Review, 2003

Subjection and resistance: to the death of Mithradates in, editor(s)A. Erskine , A companion to the Hellenistic world, Oxford, 2003, pp71 - 89, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2003

Population and Proselytism. How many Jews were there in the ancient world? in, editor(s)John R. Barlett , Jews in the Hellenistic and Roman Cities, London, Routledge, 2002, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2002

Letter to the King (?) in, editor(s)T. Gagos, R.S.Bagnall , Essays and texts in honor of J. David Thomas , Oakville (CT.), American Society of Papyrologists , 2001, pp71 - 76, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2001

News and Information in the Papyri from Greco-Roman Egypt in, editor(s)H. Morgan , Information, media and power through the ages, Dublin, University College Dublin Press, 2001, pp29 - 45, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2001

B.C. McGing, Illegal salt in the Lycopolite nome, Archiv für Papyrusforschung und Verwandte Gebiete , 48, 2001, p42 - 66 Journal Article, 2001

B.C. McGing, Review of Women and Society in Greek and Roman Egypt: a sourcebook, by J. Rowlandson , Classical Review, 50, 2000, p542-543 Review, 2000

B.C. McGing, Review of Josephus Contra Apionem. Studies in its character and context (Leiden 1996), by L.H. Feldman, J.R. Levison , Journal of Hellenic Studies, 120, 2000, p161-2 Review, 2000

B.C. McGing, Review of L'histoire des guerres mithridatiques vue par les monnaies , by F. de Callatay , Numismatic Chronicle , 160, 2000, p375-82 Review, 2000

List of Payments made through the Receiver Johannes in, editor(s)H. Melaerts , Papyri in Honorem Johannis Bingen Octogenarii , Leuven , Peeters, 2000, pp557 - 560, [McGing, B.C.] Book Chapter, 2000

B.C. McGing, On the Fringes: Culture, history and the kingdom of Pontus, Vestnik Drevnei Istorii , 3, 1998, p97 - 112 Journal Article, 1998

B.C. McGing, Bandits, real and imagined, in Greco-Roman Egypt, Bulletin of the American Sociey of Papyrologists, 35, 1998, p159 - 183 Journal Article, 1998

B.C. McGing, Revolt Egyptian Style: Internal opposition to Ptolemaic rule, Archiv für Papyrus forschung und Verwandte Gebiete , 43, 1997, p273 - 314 Journal Article, 1997

B.C. McGing, Review of The Byzantine Papyri of the Greek Papyrological Society (1993), by B.G. Mandilaras, P. Sta. Xyla , Classical Review, 46, 1996, p393-4 Review, 1996

B.C. McGing, Review of Jew and Gentile in the Ancient World (1993), by L.H. Feldman , Journal of Hellenic Studies, 116, 1996, p224-5 Review, 1996

B.C. McGing, Review of Judicial Reform and Land Reform in the Roman Republic (1992), by A. Lintott , Classical Review, 46, 1996, p377-8 Review, 1996

Mithradates, Pharnaces, Ariarathes, Ariaramnes, Oxford Classical Dictionary, ed 3, Oxford, 1996, [McGing, B.C.] Item in dictionary or encyclopaedia, etc, 1996

B.C. McGing, Hellenism, Judaism and the Hasmonaeans, Simblos , 1, 1995, p57 - 74 Journal Article, 1995

B.C. McGing (editor), Greek papyri from Dublin (P.Dub.), Bonn, R. Habelt, 1995, xxviii, 203pp Book, 1995

B.C. McGing, Review of Studien zu Sertorius, 123-83 v. Chr. (1992), by K.G. Rijkhoek , Classical Review, 45, 1995, p473-4 Review, 1995

B.C. McGing, The Ephesian Customs Law and the Third Mithradatic War, Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik , 109, 1995, p283 - 288 Journal Article, 1995

B.C. McGing, Review of Stylometric Authorship Studies in Flavius Josephus and Related Literature (1992), by D.S. Williams , Journal of Hellenic Studies, 114, 1994, p213-14 Review, 1994

B.C. McGing, Review of Near Eastern Royalty and Rome 100-30 BC (1990), by R.D. Sullivan , Phoenix, 47, 1993, p170-4 Review, 1993

B.C. McGing, Review of Alexander the Great: An Exercise in the Study of History (1992), by K.B. Leyton-Brown, R. L. Cleveland , Classical Review, 43, 1993, p450-1 Review, 1993

B.C. McGing, Appian's Mithridateios, Aufstieg und Niedergang der Römischen Welt II, 34.1, 1993, p496 - 522 Journal Article, 1993

B.C. McGing, Review of The Cambridge History of Judaism. Vol 2, The Hellenistic Age (1989) and Jews and Hellenistic Cities in , by Davies, W. D., Finkelstein, L; Kasher, A. , Journal of Hellenic Studies, 112, 1992, p206-8 Review, 1992

B.C. McGing, An unusual monastic agreement from Byzantine Egypt, Manuscripts of the Middle East, 5 , 1991, p20 - 25 Journal Article, 1991

B.C. McGing with T.C. Skeat, Notes on Chester Beatty Biblical Papyrus I, Hermathena, 150, 1991, p21 - 25 Journal Article, 1991

B.C. McGing, Pontius Pilate and the Sources, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 53, 1991, p416 - 438 Journal Article, 1991

McGing, B.C., Melitian monks at Labla, Tyche, 5, 1990, p67 - 94 Journal Article, 1990

McGing, B.C., Lease of a linen-weaving workshop in Panopolis', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik , 82, 1990, p115 - 121 Journal Article, 1990

B.C. McGing, Review of Life in Egypt under Roman Rule (1983) and Greeks in Ptolemaic Egypt (1988), by N. Lewis , Hermathena, 144, 1988, p114-20 Review, 1988

Parke, H.W.; edited by McGing, B.C., Sibyls and sibylline prophecy in classical antiquity, London, Routledge, 1988, 236pp Book, 1988

B.C. McGing, A papyrus listing stolen (?) objects in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, Hermathena, 143, 1987, p73 - 81 Journal Article, 1987

Papyri in, editor(s)P. Fox , Treasures of the Library, Trinity College, Dublin, Dublin, Royal Irish Academy for TCD Library, 1986, pp29 - 37, [McGing, B.C. with Parke, H. W.] Book Chapter, 1986

Papyri in, editor(s)P. Fox , Treasures of the Library, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin, 1986, pp29 - 37, [McGing, B. C., Parke H. W.] Book Chapter, 1986

B.C. McGing, Review of The Attalid Kingdom (1983), by R.E. Allen , Hermathena, 140, 1986, p87-8 Review, 1986

B.C. McGing, The foreign policy of Mithridates VI Eupator King of Pontus, Leiden, Brill, 1986, viii, 204pp Book, 1986

B.C. McGing, The governorship of Pontius Pilate : messiahs and sources , Proceedings of the Irish Biblical Association , 10, 1986, p55 - 71 Journal Article, 1986

B.C. McGing, The date of the outbreak of the 3rd Mithridatic War, Phoenix: the Journal of the Classical Association of Canada, 38, 1984, p12 - 18 Journal Article, 1984

B.C. McGing, Synkrisis in Tacitus' 'Agricola', Hermathena, 1982, p15 - 25 Journal Article, 1982

B.C. McGing, Review of A Historical Commentary on Polybius vol 3 (1979), by F.W. Walbank , Hermathena, 132, 1982, p58-60 Review, 1982

B.C. McGing, Review of Cato the Censor (1978), by A.E. Astin , Hermathena, 129, 1980, p80-82 Review, 1980

B.C. McGing, Review of Political and Social Life in the Great Age of Athens (1978), by J. Ferguson, K. Chisholm , Hermathena, 129, 1980, p82-83 Review, 1980

B.C. McGing, Appian, Manius Aquillius and Phrygia', Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies , 21, 1980, p35 - 42 Journal Article, 1980

Research Expertise


My main research interests are : the history of Asia Minor in the Hellenistic period; Greek historiography; papyrology and the history of Greco-Roman Egypt; Jews and Judaism in Hellenistic and early Roman times; Apart from articles on various matters of papyrology and ancient history, I have the following major research projects: 1. Publication of a book on Polybius for Oxford University Press. 2. Publication of 1st century AD papyri in Chester Beatty Library. 3. Retranslation of Loeb edition of Appian.


  • Title
    • Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies
  • Summary
    • Research Project Leadership: Mediterranean and near Eastern Studies Since 1998 I have been Principal Investigator for Trinity College's Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies project (MNES), a joint initiative by the Departments of Classics and of Religions and Theology. We have been successful in attracting financial support from the Higher Education Authority under the Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions. In the first round of funding we received £276,000 for three years, and in PRTLI 3, Euro 1.27 million for another five years. The primary subject is the study of cultural encounter in the ancient world between east and west, and particularly in the region of the eastern Mediterranean and Levant. Our biggest expenditure has been on the support of five postgraduate students and three postdoctoral fellows; and on the Centre for the Study of the Platonic Tradition, an integral part of MNES. We have also held over 100 seminars with resident scholars and visitors from all over the world. Eight international workshops have been, or are in the process of being, prepared for publication, and we have supported the further publication of articles and books. We ran a popular series of evening lectures for the general public in 2002 and 2003, the latter, 'Egypt from the Pharaohs to Muhammed', attracting a regular audience of between 200 and 600 people. Another public course on Egypt was held in 2007.
  • Funding Agency
    • PRTLI


Greek and roman biography; Greek Literature, History and Culture; Hellenistic history; History and Papyrology; Jewish history; Literature



Editorial circle, Archiv fur Papyrologie und verwandte Gebiete 2009

Royal Irish Academy, member National Committee for Greek and Latin Studies 1984-1991

Royal Irish Academy, member Greek and Roman Committee 2006-

Royal Irish Academy, Secretary National Committee for Greek and Latin Studies 1988-1991

Royal Irish Academy, member National Committee for Greek and Latin Studies 1996-1999

External examiner in Latin, University of Manchester 1990-1994

External examiner in Ancient History, University of Warwick 1997-2000

Editor, Hermathena 1986-

Awards and Honours

Elected Member of the Royal Irish Academy 2004

Foreign Member, Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium 2008

Alexander von Humboldt Fellow, Heidelberg 1991-1993

Elected to Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin 1989

Open Fellowship, Toronto 1976-1978

Junior Fellow, Trinity College, Toronto 1976-1978

Connaught Fellowship, Toronto 1975-1976

Junior Fellow, Massey College, Toronto 1975-1978