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Dr Annelies Cazemier MA, MSt, DPhil

Lecturer in Ancient Greek History, Internationalisation and Study Abroad Coordinator for the History Department

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I am an ancient historian with a particular interest in the Greek world, Aegean islands, Hellenistic history, religion, and travel, as well as broader interests in Greek history during the Roman period, cultural interactions in the ancient Mediterranean, and the afterlife of the ancient (Greek) world in later periods of history.

Following a degree in Ancient Cultures at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, I completed an MSt and a DPhil in Ancient History at the University of Oxford, undertaking part of my research in Greece and Italy as member of the British Schools at Athens and Rome. I then worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for the Copenhagen Associations Project in Denmark (2011-2014). Returning to the UK, I taught as Lecturer at Somerville College and Worcester College in Oxford (2015), before joining the History Department of the University of Southampton in January 2016.

The last few years have been an exciting period for Ancient History at Southampton, which is a growing and dynamic subject both within the History department and as part of the School of Humanities, in close collaboration with Archaeology. I set up a range of new courses in Ancient Greek History. Since January 2019, I have also contributed to our international outlook by acting as Internationalisation and Study Abroad Coordinator for History.


Research interests

My forthcoming book on Greek Sanctuaries and the Rise of Rome explores the spread of Roman power as seen from religious sites in Greece, the Aegean, and Asia Minor (from the third until the early first century BCE). It brings out the key role of cults and sanctuaries in early exchanges between Greeks, Romans, and Hellenistic rulers – in war, diplomacy, and trade.

As part of my work for the Copenhagen Associations Project, I undertook research on ancient Greek associations, carrying out surveys and detailed studies of epigraphic evidence (esp. from the Aegean), and analysing religious aspects, foreign involvement, and relations with Rome.

My ongoing research interests include the local histories and wider connections of islands in the Aegean from the fifth century BCE, through the Hellenistic age, into the Roman Imperial period; the Hellenistic world, incl. the Antigonids; Greek sanctuaries and their networks; and travel and mobility in the ancient world.

Internationalisation and Study Abroad Coordinator for the History Department.
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Book Chapter

  • Cazemier, A. (2013). Amorgos. In R. S. Bagnall (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (pp. 370-371). Wiley-Blackwell.


I teach on a variety of courses in Ancient History and in History at Southampton.

Courses I have taught include a Year 1 module on Alexander the Great and his Legacy, Year 2 modules on Ancient Greeks at War and Cleopatra's Egypt, and a Year 3 course (in two modules) on Islands and Empires in the Ancient Aegean. I contribute to the Year 1 modules World Histories, Introduction to the Ancient World, and Ancient History: Sources and Controversies, as well as to the Year 2 Group Project and the Year 3 module Reading Histories and the Dissertation.

If you are a student with an interest in the history of the ancient Greek or Hellenistic world, or in ancient history (and its legacy) more broadly, feel free to get in touch to discuss your ideas with me.


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