1994 …2022

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Research interests

Ian's fields of research are Greek history and historiography, especially the study of Thucydides. He also works on mythology, Egyptian religion in Greek and Latin writers and women writers from Ancient Greece and Rome. He teaches Ancient Greek, Latin, Mythology, Greek Heroes, Women Writers, Historiography, Thucydides and Herodotus.

Among his current research projects are:

  • Thucydides and the writing of history
  • Greek and Roman writers on Egyptian Religion-a project he is working on in collaboration with A/Professor Boyo Ockinga.
  • Women Writers of Ancient Greece and Rome and their reception.


Dr Ian Plant is a member of the Department of Ancient History in the Faculty of Arts. He studied Classics (including Ancient Greek and Latin) and Ancient History at the University of Canterbury, where he completed his doctoral studies under the supervision of Dr Katherine Adshead and Professor Kevin Lee. He taught at the University of Western Australia before taking up the post at Macquarie.

Research student supervision

Current HDR

Ian Debenham, The Roman Shipbuilding Industry.

Elizabeth Stockdale, Female Values in Homer

George Topalidis, The Stages of Hera: Reconstructing the Sacred Marriage

HDR: Completed

John McLellan, The Military Career of Pausanias of Lacedaemon (2000).

Christopher Matthew, A Storm of Spears: A Reappraisal of Hoplite Combat (2009).

Kay Leiper, Education, Literacy and its Cognitive Effects: Problem-Solving and Decision-Making in Homer and Archaic and Fifth-Century BC Athens (2013).

Jennifer Irving, The Greek Epigraphic Evidence for Healer Women in the Greek and Roman World (2015).

Lucy Schulz, Finding the Female in Ancient Greek Landscapes (2019).

Kathryn White, Gender and Death: Women on Greek Funerary Monuments in the Archaic and Classical Periods (2019).


Lucinda Guzman, Hera’s Lettuce: Women and the Peculiar Uses of Flowers, Fruit and Vegetables in Ancient Greek Festivals for Women (2014).

MA by Research

Emmanuel Agoratsios, Politics and Oracles: A Study of Athenian Political Relations with the Delphic Oracle in the Archaic Period c. 632/1—505/4 B.C. (2006).


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