Esther Eidinow
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Esther Eidinow
Esther Eidinow
Born1970 (age 49–50)
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 2018.
  2. ^ "Esther Eidinow". Delphi Economic Forum. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ Eidinow, Esther (2003). "Exploring risk among the ancient Greeks: prolegomena and two case studies". Search Oxford Libraries Online. Bodleian Libraries. Retrieved 2018.
  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 2018.
  6. ^ "Esther Eidinow". Department of History. Princeton University. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "New Professor of Ancient History". Department of Classics and Ancient History. University of Bristol. 8 June 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "New book by Esther Eidinow". Department of Classics. The University of Nottingham. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "esther eidinow". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2018.
  10. ^ "Philip Leverhulme Prizes 2015" (pdf). The Leverhulme Trust. 2015. Retrieved 2018.

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