Lea Beness

Associate Professor

1990 …2023

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Research interests

My main research interests are in the areas of Roman Republican History, gender in the Graeco-Roman world and landscape archaeology, particularly that of ancient harbours. I continue to work on the Macquarie Roman Biographical Dictionary Project and a project focussed on the location and mapping of the harbour of ancient Torone in northern Greece.


For two decades I convened and taught the flagship first-year unit on Roman History at Macquarie. My main teaching areas are in Roman Republican History and Gender in the Graeco-Roman world.

Community engagement

I believe strongly in the importance of outreach to the Higher School Ancient History teaching community in NSW. I have served on the NSW Ancient History HSC Examination committee, have co-convened a number of Macquarie's annual Ancient History Teachers' Conferences and served as the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Ancient History: Resources for Teachers.

I represent and serve the Ancient History community more generally in Australia and New Zealand as a former President of the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS) (2016–2021) and as a former Vice-President of the premier body representing the discipline in Australasia: the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) (2018–2022).


I was born in Glen Innes in northern NSW and received my tertiary education (doctorate) at the University of New England in Armidale. I served as a Lecturer in Roman History at the University of New England for two years in the early 1990s. From 1994 I have worked in various research and teaching capacities at Macquarie University. I am currently an Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie. I am also a former President of the AWAWS (Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies) (2016–2021) and a former Vice-President of the ASCS (the Australasian Society for Classical Studies) (2018–2022).

External positions

Research Affiliate, University of Sydney

1 Apr 201931 Mar 2022

Research Affiliate, University of Sydney

1 Apr 201631 Mar 2019

Research Affiliate, University of Sydney

1 Jul 20121 Jul 2015

Visiting Research Fellow, Norwich University



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