Melissa Benson

Melissa came to the study of the ancient Near East, and particularly the Achaemenid Persians through a background in Classics, particularly in Greek history and literature and the Hellenistic world of the ancient Near East. She is interested in what can be revealed about the violence used by the Achaemenid Persians to conquer and maintain their empire, not only through the use of physical violence but also structural and landscape alterations that impacted the lives of their subjects.


Supervisor: Eleanor Robson (UCL), Lindsay Allen (KCL)
Working title: 'Violence and the Persian Empire (539-ca. 519 BCE)'
Expected completion date: 2018

Conference papers and presentations

  • 'Darius's Delegation Strategy and Achaemenid Persian Mutilation Practice', Oxford Postgraduate Conference in Assyriology 2017

Teaching 2017-18 (postgraduate TA)

  • Writing History (core course for first-year undergraduates)
  • Introduction to Ancient History (KCL)