Dr. Kathryn A. O. Simonsen

Dr. Simonsen’s research is in the general area of Greek history and historiography of the archaic and classical periods. She is interested in the development of the Greek polis, early Greek navies and naval warfare. More broadly she is interested in ancient ships and sea-faring, ancient trade (both Greek and Near Eastern) as well as contacts between the various cultures around the Mediterranean.

More recently she has focussed on Herodotus, Thucydides and the fragmentary Greek historians, how they related to each other and to earlier authors.


Refereed Articles

  • “Demaenetus and the Trireme,” Mouseion 9: 283-302.
  • “A Brave New World? The Ship-in-Circus Coins of Septimius Severus Revisited,” Ancient History Bulletin 20: 51-60; co-author, Dr. S. Bingham, University of Edinburgh (equal contributors).
  • “Winter Sailing”, Mouseion 3: 259-268.


  • “Athenian Naval Debts in the 340s,” in C. Cooper (ed), Epigraphy and the Ancient Historian. Phoenix Supplementary Series XLVII. Toronto: Toronto University Press. 68-78.

Book Reviews

  • Adam Schwartz, Reinstating the Hoplite: Arms, Armour and Phalanx Fighting in Archaic and Classical Greece. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2009. Phoenix 65: 422-424.
  • Nora M. Dimitrova, Theoroi and Initiates in Samothrace: The Epigraphical Evidence. Hesperia Supplement Series 37. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2008. American Journal of Archaeology 114.1. (All reviews are now on-line).
  • Bob Brier and Hoyt Hobbs, Daily Life of the Ancient Egyptians 2nd ed. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2008. Canadian Journal of African Studies 43: 580-582.
  • C. M. Reed, Maritime Traders in the Ancient Greek World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003. Mouseion 5: 180-184.
  • L. Casson, Libraries in the Ancient World. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2001. Classical Journal 98: 456-458.
  • J. Morrison, J. Coates and B. Rankov, The Athenian Trireme 2nd ed., Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Phoenix LV (2001): 442-445.
  • P. de Souza, Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2000.10.30.

Recent Conference Presentations

  • “Thucydides, Homer and the Value of History,” Atlantic Classical Association Annual Meeting; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: October 2012.
  • “Theophrastus and Theopompus – a new fragment?” Atlantic Classical Association Annual Meeting; Halifax, Nova Scotia: October 2010.
  • “But the Aeginetans say…” Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting; Québec City, Québec: May 2010.
  • “Naming Names in the Attic Orators,” Atlantic Classical Association Annual Meeting; Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: October 2009.
  • “Who’s his Daddy?” Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting; Vancouver, British Columbia: May 2009.
  • “Demaenetus and the Trireme,” CAC Annual Meeting; Montreal, Quebec: May 2008.


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