For faster navigation, this Iframe is preloading the Wikiwand page for Esther Eidinow.

Esther Eidinow

Esther Eidinow
Born1970 (age 53–54)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Oxford
ThesisExploring risk among the ancient Greeks: prolegomena and two case studies (2003)
Doctoral advisorRobert Parker
Academic work
DisciplineAncient History
InstitutionsUniversity of Nottingham
University of Bristol

Esther Eidinow (born 1970) is a British ancient historian and academic. She specialises in ancient Greece, particularly ancient Greek religion and magic.[1][2] She has been Professor of Ancient History at the University of Bristol since 2017.


Eidinow was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) for a thesis entitled Exploring risk among the ancient Greeks: prolegomena and two case studies. Her doctoral research was completed at the University of Oxford under the supervision of Robert Parker in 2003.[3] A monograph based on the thesis, Oracles, Curses and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks was published in 2007, and praised for its 'analytic rigor' and accessibility.[4]

From 2011 to 2012, Eidinow was a Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[5] Between 2017 and 2018 she was a visiting fellow at the Davis Center for Historical Studies of Princeton University.[6] Since 2017, she has held the Chair in Ancient History at the University of Bristol.[7] She was previously a lecturer at Newman University College and at the University of Nottingham.[8][9] She was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2015, and was described as "an original and powerful new voice in the field of ancient Greek history".[10]

Selected works

  • Eidinow, Esther (2007). Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199277780.
  • Eidinow, Esther (2011). Luck, Fate, and Fortune: Antiquity and its Legacy. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0195380798.
  • Hornblower, Simon; Spawforth, Antony; Eidinow, Esther, eds. (2012). The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199545568.
  • Hornblower, Simon; Spawforth, Antony; Eidinow, Esther, eds. (2014). The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization (2nd ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198706779.
  • Eidinow, Esther (2015). Envy, Poison, and Death: Women on Trial in Classical Athens. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199562602.
  • Eidinow, Esther; Kindt, Julia, eds. (2015). The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0199642038.
  • Eidinow, Esther; Kindt, Julia; Osborne, Robin, eds. (2016). Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107153479.
  • Dillon, Matthew; Eidinow, Esther; Maurizio, Lisa, eds. (2016). Women's Ritual Competence in the Greco-Roman Mediterranean. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-1472478900.
  • Driediger-Murphy, Lindsay; Eidinow, Esther, eds. (2019). Ancient Divination and Experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198844549.
  • Eidinow, Esther, and Lisa Maurizio, eds. (2020) Narratives of Time and Gender in Antiquity London: Routledge.


  1. ^ "Professor Esther Eidinow". Explore Bristol Research. University of Bristol. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Esther Eidinow". Delphi Economic Forum. Archived from the original on 23 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  3. ^ Eidinow, Esther (2003). "Exploring risk among the ancient Greeks: prolegomena and two case studies". Search Oxford Libraries Online. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 22 June 2018.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Kachuck, Aaron (January 2008). "Review of: Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks". Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
  5. ^ "Esther Eidinow". Institute for Research in the Humanities. University of Wisconsin-Madison. 30 June 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Esther Eidinow". Department of History. Princeton University. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  7. ^ "New Professor of Ancient History". Department of Classics and Ancient History. University of Bristol. 8 June 2017. Archived from the original on 5 July 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  8. ^ "New book by Esther Eidinow". Department of Classics. The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ "esther eidinow". LinkedIn. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2015" (PDF). The Leverhulme Trust. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 December 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
{{bottomLinkPreText}} {{bottomLinkText}}
Esther Eidinow
Listen to this article

This browser is not supported by Wikiwand :(
Wikiwand requires a browser with modern capabilities in order to provide you with the best reading experience.
Please download and use one of the following browsers:

This article was just edited, click to reload
This article has been deleted on Wikipedia (Why?)

Back to homepage

Please click Add in the dialog above
Please click Allow in the top-left corner,
then click Install Now in the dialog
Please click Open in the download dialog,
then click Install
Please click the "Downloads" icon in the Safari toolbar, open the first download in the list,
then click Install

Install Wikiwand

Install on Chrome Install on Firefox
Don't forget to rate us

Tell your friends about Wikiwand!

Gmail Facebook Twitter Link

Enjoying Wikiwand?

Tell your friends and spread the love:
Share on Gmail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Buffer

Our magic isn't perfect

You can help our automatic cover photo selection by reporting an unsuitable photo.

This photo is visually disturbing This photo is not a good choice

Thank you for helping!

Your input will affect cover photo selection, along with input from other users.


Get ready for Wikiwand 2.0 🎉! the new version arrives on September 1st! Don't want to wait?