Professor Hans van Wees

Hans has been Grote Professor of Ancient History since 2011, having previously held posts as Lecturer, Reader and Professor since joining UCL History in 1995. His research centres on the archaic period of Greek history (c. 750-450 BC), but also includes the classical period, and is focused above all on developments in society, economy, and warfare.

PhD supervision

Among students who have recently completed a PhD under Hans' supervision are Errietta Bissa (Government Intervention in Trade in Archaic and Classical Greece, published in 2009), and most recently Alex Millington (on representations of Ares) and Roel Konijnendijk (Classical Greek Tactics: a cultural history, to be published in 2018). 

Current students are Cezary Kucewicz (treatment of the war dead in archaic Greece), Vincent Fourcade (classical Greek navy), Alix Harmer (Cimon and Athenian foreign policy), Ioanna Koumi (Greek settlements in the NE Black Sea), Beatrice Pestarino (structures of government in archaic and classical Cyprus), Sotirios Peithis (military communications in classical Greece), and Joe Whitchurch (revenge and the state in ancient Greece).

In addition to the range of topics included above, Hans would particularly welcome PhD proposals in the area of archaic or classical Greek social and economic history.

Major publications

  • Ships and Silver, Taxes and Tribute: A fiscal history of archaic Athens (London: IB Tauris, 2013)
  • Greek Warfare: Myths and realities (London: Duckworth/Bloomsbury, 2004)
  • (with Nick Fisher as co-editor) Aristocracy in Antiquity: Redefining Greek and Roman elites (Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, 2015)
  • (with Kurt Raaflaub as co-editor) A Companion to Archaic Greece (Malden: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009)

For a full list of publications, see Hans's Iris profile.


  • The Greek World, 800-386 BC (survey course)
  • Competitive Men (special subject)
  • "Aristocracy" in Ancient Greece (advanced undergraduate seminar)
  • Homer and History: Epic Evidence for Early Greek Society (research seminar)
  • Approaches to the Ancient World (Classics module for first-year students)
  • Evolving History (second-year undergraduate core course)
  • Approaching History (first-year undergraduate core course)
  • Sources and Methods in Ancient History (MA Ancient History core course)