Mr Nicolaos Shiaxiate

Mr Nicolaos Shiaxiate

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Qualifications

  • BA Ancient and Medieval History (2:1) (University of Birmingham)
  • MA Antiquity: Ancient History (Merit) (University of Birmingham)

Biography

I took my undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham. My Bachelor’s degree was on Ancient and Medieval History, covering different aspects and eras of history. After finishing my BA I decided to concentrate on Ancient History. As a result of this, I enrolled and completed an MA on Antiquity at the University of Birmingham. Through my Master’s degree, I discovered that I had great interest in the origins of democracy and in Athenian politics. My MA dissertation is entitled ‘Athens: From Aristocracy to Democracy: An Inevitable transition?’. My love for ancient and Greek history led me into starting a PhD, and more specifically focusing on Pseudo-Xenophon and his small treatise called ‘Constitution of the Athenians’.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Reinterpreting pseudo-Xenophon On the Constitution of the Athenians
Supervisors
Dr Gideon Nisbet and Dr Philip Burton
Course
Classics and Ancient History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

Research

My thesis is on a short treatise called ‘The Constitution of the Athenians’ by Pseudo-Xenophon. My aim is to demonstrate the text’s value for our understanding of different ancient perspectives on democracy in Athens, and of howAthenian democracy functioned. The result of my research will be a linguistic and political commentary on the text, with accompanying studies of important questions such as the text’s generic affiliations and the vexed question of its date.

Other activities

Nicolaos on Academia.edu