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Shane WallaceDr. Shane Wallace

Walsh Family Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History

Born in Limerick, I studied for my BA in Classics in Galway and my MA in Dublin (UCD). In 2006 I moved to Edinburgh to pursue a Ph.D. (awarded 2011), during which time I held a Marie Curie research fellowship at the école normale supérieure, Paris, and an Erasmus studentship at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. I returned to Dublin to take up the post of Walsh Family Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin in 2011. I work on the history and epigraphy of the Hellenisitic world, in particular mainland Greece, the Aegean, and western Asia Minor.

Research Interests

My research focuses primarily on the study of the relationship between city and king in the Hellenistic period. I am currently working on a monograph entitled The Politics of Freedom: Kings and Cities in the Hellenistic Age. Research interests include Greek epigraphy, historiography, Diodorus Siculus, Alexander the Great, and ancient empire.urgh.

Selected Publications

  • “Alexander the Great and democracy in the Hellenistic world”, in M. Canavaro & B. Gray (eds.), The Hellenistic Reception of Classical Athenian Politics and Political Thought (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming), 45-71.
  • The Hellenistic Court: Monarchic Power and Elite Society from Alexander to Cleopatra (ed. with Andrew Erskine and Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2017).
  • “Court, kingship, and royal style in the early Hellenistic period”, in A. Erskine, L. Llewellyn-Jones, and S. Wallace (eds.), The Hellenistic Court (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2017), 1-30.
  • "The Rescript of Philip III Arrhidaios and the Two Tyrannies at Eresos”, Tyche 31 (2016b), 239-58.
  • "Greek culture in Afghanistan and India: Old Evidence and New Discoveries”, Greece & Rome 63.2 (2016a), 205-26.
  • "Defending the freedom of the Greeks: Antigonos, Telesphoros, and the Olympic games of 312 B.C.”, Phoenix 68.3-4 (2014b), 235-46.
  • "History and hindsight. The importance of Euphron of Sikyon for the Athenian democracy in 318/7”, in H. Hauben & A. Meeus (eds.), The Age of the Successors and the Creation of the Hellenistic Kingdoms (323-276 BC), Studia Hellenistica 53 (Leuven: Peeters, 2014a), 599-629.
  • “Adeimantos of Lampsakos and the development of the Hellenistic philos”, in V. Alonso Troncoso & E. Anson (eds.), After Alexander: The Time of the Successors (323-281 BC) (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2013), 142-57.
  • "The significance of Plataia for Greek eleutheria in the early Hellenistic period”, in A. Erskine & L. Llewellyn-Jones (eds.), Creating a Hellenistic World (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2011), 147-76.


I teach a broad range of modules on Greek and Roman history and ancient historiography. Research-led teaching includes modules on Greeks and Barbarians and Kings and Cities in the Hellenistic Period as well as Greek language modules on Plutarch and Diodorus Siculus. I am currently Director of the MPhil in Classics.

Dr. Wallace on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of Classics,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: 00 353 1 896 3471
Fax: 00 353 1 6710862

Last updated 4 October 2017