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David
Pritchard

Ancient history - Australia

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PROJECT

‘From Where the Fine Warships Come’: Democratic Athens at War

Ancient Athens developed democracy to a higher level than any other state before modern times. It was the leading cultural innovator of its age. Athens is famous for such achievements. Less well known is the other side of this success story. Ancient Athens transformed warfare. It became a superpower. There is a strong case that democracy itself was a major reason for this battlefield success. But traditional assumptions of Ancient History mean that democracy’s impact on war has hardly ever been studied. By explaining this impact this project transforms how we understand one of the ancient world’s most important states. Political Science has for a long time used ancient Greece as a source of new ideas. This project aims to provide political scientists with new and important lines of enquiry in the wars that are waged by democracies today



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BIOGRAPHY

David M. Pritchard is Associate Professor of Greek History at the University of Queensland (Australia). He has obtained 12 fellowships in Australia, Denmark, France, the UK and the USA. In 2019-20 Associate Professor Pritchard is a research fellow in the Le Collegium de Lyon de l’université de Lyon. He has authored Athenian Democracy at War (Cambridge University Press: 2019), Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2013) and Public Spending and Democracy in Classical Athens (University of Texas Press: 2015), edited War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2010) and co-edited Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World (Classical Press of Wales: 2013). He has more than 670 known citations and an h-index of 13. Associate Professor speaks on the radio and regularly writes for newspapers around the world. His 30 op-eds have been published in, among other outlets Le Monde, Die Süddeutsche Zeitung, Kathimerini, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Conversation (France).


MAIN PUBLICATIONS

  • David M. Pritchard 2019, Athenian Democracy at War, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).
  • David M. Pritchard 2015, Public Spending and Democracy in Classical Athens, Austin (University of Texas Press).
  • David M. Pritchard 2013, Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).
  • David M. Pritchard (ed.) 2010, War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens, Cambridge (Cambridge University Press).
  • David M. Pritchard and David J. Phillips (eds.) 2003, Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World, Swansea (Classical Press of Wales).