Dr Matteo Barbato

Classics and Ancient History
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

My research mainly deals with Athenian democratic institutions and ideology in the fifth and fourth centuries BC.

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  • Tuesday 14:00-15:00
  • Thursday 14:00-15:00


  • BA in Classical Literature (Università degli Studi di Macerata)
  • MA in Classical Philology, Literature and Tradition (Università di Bologna)
  • PhD in Classics (University of Edinburgh) 


I first became acquainted with Classics and Ancient History during my high school studies at the Liceo Classico. I have continued to study the ancient world throughout my undergraduate and postgraduate career in Italy, and undertook a PhD at the University of Edinburgh.

After finishing my PhD, I took up a temporary position as Teaching Fellow in Greek at the University of Edinburgh and I am now happy to join the University of Birmingham as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow. 


I am currently teaching in the following modules:

  • Introduction to Greek and Roman History
  • Ancient Worlds
  • Research and Scholarship in Classics and Ancient History
  • Individuals in History


My research investigates Athenian democracy, public discourse and ideology through an interdisciplinary approach based on the New Institutionalism in political science.

I am currently involved in three projects:

  1. A study of the interplay between Athenian democratic institutions and ideology through the analysis of the social memory of Athens’ mythical past. This was the topic of my PhD thesis, which I am now turning into a book.
  2. A study on political power and ideology in Athenian democracy that tackles the issue of the existence of a political class in democratic Athens.
  3. The publication of an edited volume resulting from a conference on ‘New Approaches to Greek Institutional History’ which I have co-organised in 2017. 


  • M. Barbato (in press), ‘Review of Bourke, G. (2018), Elis. Internal Politics and External Policy in Ancient Greece, London and New York’, in Classical Review 68.2 (forthcoming 2018)
  • M. Barbato (2017), ‘Using the past to shape the future: ancestors, institutions and ideology in Aeschin. 2.74-8’, in E. Franchi and G. Proietti (eds), Conflict in communities. Forward-looking memories in Classical Athens, Trento, 213-53

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