Institute for Mediterranean Studies

Kostas Vlassopoulos

Associate Professor of Ancient History
University of Crete
Department of the Ancient and Byzantine World

Kostas Vlassopoulos graduated from the Department of History and Archaeology of the University of Athens in 1999. He received his MA from the University of Crete in 2001, and completed his PhD dissertation at the University of Cambridge in 2005. He taught Greek history at the University of Nottingham between 2005-2015, before moving to the University of Crete, where he is currently teaching ancient history.

Research interests: the history of slavery, the study of globalisation and intercultural encounters in antiquity, comparative history, the history of political thought and practice and the history of historiography.


Recent publications: 

E. Bathrellou & K. Vlassopoulos, Greek and Roman Slaveries, Wiley Blackwell (2022).

‘Christianity and slavery: towards an entangled history?’, Post Augustum, 5, (2021), 62-103.

‘A Gramscian approach to ancient slavery’, E. Zucchetti & A. M. Cimino (eds.), Antonio Gramsci and the Ancient World, Routledge (2021), 101-23.

‘Subaltern community formation in antiquity: some methodological reflections’, C. Courrier & J. C. Magalhães de Oliveira (eds.), Ancient History from Below: Subaltern Experiences and Actions in Context, Routledge (2021), 35-54.

Historicising Ancient Slavery, Edinburgh University Press (2021).

Κώστας Βλασόπουλος & Ε. Μπαθρέλλου, Η ζωή μου όλη: καθημερινές ιστορίες δούλων από την αρχαιότητα (My whole life: stories from the daily life of ancient slaves), Πανεπιστημιακές Εκδόσεις Κρήτης / Cretan University Press (2020).

‘Hope and slavery’, D. Spatharas & G. Kazantzidis (eds.), Hope in Ancient Literature, History and Art, De Gruyter (2018), 239-62.

‘Historicising the closed city’, M. Dana & I. Savalli-Lestrade (eds.), La cité interconnectée: transferts et réseaux institutionnels, religieux et culturels aux époques hellénistique et impériale, Ausonius (2018), 43-57.

‘Marxism and ancient history’, D. Allen et al. (eds.), How to Do Things with History: New Approaches to Ancient Greece, Oxford University Press (2018), 209-35.

I. Xydopoulos, K. Vlassopoulos & E. Tounta (eds.), Violence and Community: Law, Space and Identity in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean World, Routledge (2017).

‘Does slavery have a history? The consequences of a global approach’, Journal of Global Slavery, 1 (2016), 5-27.

‘Que savons-nous vraiment de la société athénienne?’, Annales HSS, 71.3, (2016), 659-81.

C. Taylor & K. Vlassopoulos (eds.), Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World, Oxford University Press (2015).

‘Plotting strategies, networks and communities in classical Athens: the evidence of slave names’, C. Taylor & K. Vlassopoulos (eds.), Communities and Networks in the Ancient Greek World, Oxford University Press (2015), 101-27.

‘Religion within communities’, E. Eidinow & J. Kindt (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion, Oxford University Press (2015), 257-71.

‘Ethnicity and Greek history: re-examining our assumptions’, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 58 (2015), 1-13.

Greeks and Barbarians, Cambridge University Press (2013).

Selected Publications