Professor Hans van Wees

Hans van Wees is Grote Professor of Ancient History at UCL. His main areas of interest are the social and economic history of early Greece, archaic and classical Greek warfare, and the use of iconographical and comparative evidence in the study of the ancient Greek world. Hans has written three books on topics within these fields: Status Warriors: war, violence and society in Homer and history (1992), Greek Warfare: myths and realities (2004), and Ships and Silver: a fiscal history of archaic Athens (2013). He has edited or co-edited six volumes on archaic Greece; war, violence and competition; and Herodotus. 

Hans is currently writing three books: The World of Achilles (CUP), The World of Solon (OUP), and The Greeks, 1000-300 BC (Profile). Work in press includes an co-edited volume (with Nick Fisher) on ‘Aristocracy’ in the Ancient World (CPW), and two chapters on ‘austerity’ and the public messes in Sparta to appear in A Companion to Sparta (ed. A. Powell).

Areas of research supervision: Archaic and classical Greek history, especially social and economic history; ancient Greek warfare. 

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

1992  PhD  Rijksuniversiteit Leiden

Correspondent of the Dutch Academy of Sciences
Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales Institute of Classics and Ancient History

Courses taught

HIST2107 An Economic History of Ancient Greece
HIST2900 Homer for Historians: Epic Evidence for Early Greek Society
HIST3105/9105 War and Society in Ancient Greece, 750-350BC
HIST3107/9107 Ancient Warfare: Assyrian and Greek Perspectives
HIST6108 The Greek World, c800-386BC

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile

Prof Hans Van Wees