Dr Andrew Bayliss PhD, BA (Hons), DipEd

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Senior Lecturer in Greek History

Contact details

Address
Arts Building
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I am passionate about Ancient History and what it can teach us about the modern world. Learning how to analyse ancient sources gives us the critical thinking skills we need to evaluate the many forms of information we come across in our daily lives.

Qualifications

  • PhD in Ancient History
  • First Class Honours Degree in History, majoring in Ancient History
  • Diploma of Education

Biography

I’ve been obsessed with Ancient History since I learned about the last stand of the 300 Spartans at Thermopylae when I was twelve. I studied Ancient History for my BA at Macquarie University in Australia, stayed on there for my PhD, before I had the opportunity to further my research at the British School at Athens. After moving to the UK I worked at the Department of Classics at Nottingham before coming to the University of Birmingham.

Teaching

I teach on all aspects of Ancient Greek History. I run the Greek component of the introductory course 'Greek and Roman History', and the optional modules I co-ordinate include ‘Sparta’, ‘Greeks vs. Barbarians’, and ‘Swearing and Cursing in Ancient Greece’.

Postgraduate supervision

I would welcome research students interested in Athenian politics, Alexander the Great, the early Hellenistic period, and Sparta.


Find out more - our PhD Classics and Ancient History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

My previous publications have focused on Athenian history, politics, and epigraphy, the Successors of Alexander the Great, and Eighteenth-century perceptions of ancient Greece.

I am currently working on Oath and State in Ancient Greece, and Oaths and Swearing in Ancient Greece, co-authored with Professors Alan Sommerstein (Nottingham) and Isabelle Torrance (Notre Dame). Both volumes will be published by de Gruyter.

Other activities

I am currently Undergraduate Admissions Tutor for the Ancient History, Classics and Archaeology (AHCA).

Until recently I have been the co-ordinator of AHCA’s Study Tour. The Study Tour is a unique opportunity for all our second year single honours students to visit the lands that they study. Most of our students spend their two weeks in Greece, Italy, Egypt, or Turkey. Students receive funding from the University to assist in their travels.

Publications

Recent publications

Book

Bayliss, A 2020, The Spartans. Oxford University Press.

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Bayliss, A 2020, Plutarch on Tyrtaios and the Great Rhetra. in Plutarch & Sparta. Classical Press of Wales.

Chapter

Bayliss, A 2017, Good to slaughter the lives of young men? The role of Tyrtaeus’ poetry in Spartan Society. in LF Bantim (ed.), Esparta: Politica e sociedade. Prismas.

Bayliss, A 2017, Once an ally, always an ally: Sparta’s approach to policing the oaths of her allies in the late fifth and early fourth centuries. in E Moloney & MS Williams (eds), Peace and Reconciliation in the Classical World. Routledge.

Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Bayliss, A 2017, Androcles. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, Archedicus. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, Demetrius Poliorcetes. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, Demochares. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, Macedonia. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, Philippides. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, Stratocles. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, Tyrtaios and other entries. in Brill's New Jacoby. Brill. <https://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/brill-s-new-jacoby/tyrtaios-580-a580?s.num=0>

Bayliss, A 2017, agonothetes. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, choregos. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

Bayliss, A 2017, epimeletes of the Dionysia. in AH Sommerstein (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Greek Comedy. Wiley-Blackwell.

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