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Professor; Adjunct Professor of the Curriculum in Peace, War and Defense
417 Hamilton Hall
Curriculum Vitae


PhD Harvard University, 2000

Research Interests

Fred Naiden studies ancient Greek law, religion, and warfare, including Near-Eastern parallels, especially among the Western Semites. Chief periods of interest are the Classical and Hellenistic. Recently completed is a study of Alexander the Great, his officers, and the role of religion in Macedonian conquests, Soldier, Priest, and God, combining his interests in warfare, religion, and the Near East. Now underway is a study of war councils and command and control throughout antiquity and into the early modern period. The languages used for his research are Greek, Latin, Hebrew and Akkadian. For other publications, see the attached cv.

Some Notable Publications

  • Soldier, Priest, and God: A Life of Alexander the Great (Oxford, 2018)
  • Smoke Signals for the Gods: Ancient Greek Sacrifice from the Archaic through the Roman Periods (Oxford, 2013)
  • Ancient Supplication (Oxford, 2006)

Graduate Students

Courses Taught (as schedule allows)

For current information about course offerings, click here.

  • HIST 225—History of Greece
  • HIST 398—Ancient Slavery
  • HIST 421—Greek Warfare
  • HIST 422—Alexander the Great
  • HIST 518-Topics in Military History
  • HIST 890—Seminars in Greek history, including Sacred Law and Alexander the Great