|Born||1970 (age 49–50)|
|Alma mater||University of Oxford|
|Thesis||Exploring risk among the ancient Greeks: prolegomena and two case studies (2003)|
|Doctoral advisor||Robert Parker|
|Institutions||University 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. 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. 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.
From 2011 to 2012, Eidinow was a Solmsen Fellow at the Institute for Research in the Humanities of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Between 2017 and 2018 she was a visiting fellow at the Davis Center for Historical Studies of Princeton University. Since 2017, she has held the Chair in Ancient History at the University of Bristol. She was previously a lecturer at Newman University College and at the University of Nottingham. 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".