Professor of Classics

John Dillery

Office: B011 Cocke Hall
Office Phone: 924-7741

Research Interests

The focus of my research is ancient historical writing, chiefly Greek. I am especially interested in late Classical and early Hellenistic historiography. I am currently working on a large project involving non-Greek historians of the third century BC who wrote histories of their native lands in the Greek language. This project stems from my on-going interest in the relationship between Greece and the Near East.

Selected Publications


  • Xenophon Anabasis, Revised and with a new introduction. Loeb Classical Library, Harvard University Press: Cambridge Mass. 1998 ISBN 0-674-99101X.
  • Xenophon and the History of His Times, Routledge: London and New York, 1995. 337 pp. + xii. ISBN 0-415-09139-X.

Recent Articles

  • "Putting him back together again: Apion historian, Apion grammatikos" Classical Philology 98 (2003) 383-90
  • "Manetho and Udjahorresne: Designing royal names for non-Egyptian pharaohs", Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik 144 (2003) 201-2
  • "Xenophon, the Military Review and Hellenistic Pompai", Historia Einzelschriften = Proceedings of The World of Xenophon International Conference, July 1999 Liverpool UK. Historia Einzelschrift Band 172 (2004)
  • "The Theates theon: Josephus CAp 1.232 Reconsidered" Classical Journal 99 (2004) 239-52
  • "Alexander's Tomb at 'Rhacotis': Ps. Callisth. 3.34.5 and the Oracle of the Potter," Zeitschrift fur Papyrologie und Epigraphik 148 (2004) 252-58
  • "Chresmologues and Manteis: Independent Diviners and the Problem of Authority" in Mantike. Studies in Ancient Divination, S.I. Johnston and P. Struck eds. (Leiden 2005) 167-231
  • "Building a house: I Cor. 3.6ff., Xenophon's Memorabilia, and the persistence of an image," Festschrift J.-Th. Papademetriou (forthcoming)
  • "Greek Sacred History," American Journal of Philology 126 (2005) 505-26
  • "Cambyses and the Egyptian Chaosbeschreibung Tradition," Classical Quarterly 55 (2005) 387-406
  • Articles on late Classical and Hellenistic history for The Cambridge Guide to Classical Civilization (Cambridge 2006)
  • "Clio's Other Sons: Berossus and Manetho" in J. Marincola ed., Companion to Greek and Roman Historiography (Blackwell 2007) 221-230
  • "Exile: the Making of the Greek Historian" in Jan Felix Gaertner ed., Writing Exile: the Discourse of Displacement in Greco-Roman Antiquity and Beyond (Leiden 2007) 51-70
  • "The Theates: More Texts, Further Thoughts" CJ 103 (2008) 243-51
  • "Athens and Iran" in the Encyclopaedia Iranica (Forthcoming)
  • "Roman Historians and the Greeks, Audiences and Models", in Andrew Feldherr ed., Cambridge Companion to Roman Historiography (Cambridge 2009) 77-107


I was an undergraduate at Oberlin College, earning my AB in Ancient Greek in 1983. I received my MA (1987) and PhD (1989) from the University of Michigan.