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Dr Chris Matthew Name: Dr Chris Matthew
Lecturer
Phone
+612 9701 4450
Organisational Area
Faculty of Education and Arts
Department
School of Arts (NSW)
Location
Strathfield
Building 613 - Saint Edmund Building (25A Barker Road, Strathfield NSW 2135)-Level 2-Room 613.2.13
Biographical Information

I am a leading researcher in the study of ancient warfare whose work is highly regarded both internationally and nationally. The author of several books and numerous articles on this topic, in 2015 I was awarded the title of Honorary Associate by Macquarie University in recognition of my position as a leading professional with expertise in my field and for my ‘demonstrated commitment to excellence, education, and research’. My research has made a significant contribution to my field by transforming the way in which my main area of research (the mechanics of ancient warfare) is examined, understood and taught.

My work has additionally formed the basis of two documentaries (the eight hour Australian documentary series The First War for the West, and an episode on the ancient Spartans for the UK documentary series Ancient Black Ops) and radio interviews, and has resulted in me acting as a historical and creative consultant for the Australian Museum for their 2012 exhibition Alexander the Great – 2,000 Years of Treasures. I have also been engaged as a teacher of ancient history at Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle and the Australian National University, and have supervised higher degree research students at several institutions.

I have been invited to write articles for a number of journals, and have also been invited to give more than twenty public lectures at various universities, museums and other institutions across the country. I am currently teaching units on the Greek City-States, the Roman Republic, Pompeii, Ancient Greek Drama, the Ancient Near East, and the History and Geography of Ancient and Modern Rome.

Publications

 

WORKS PUBLISHED AND FORTHCOMING

All are 100% contributions by the author unless stated otherwise

 

Published Books

Title

Publisher

Details

An Invincible Beast: Understanding the Hellenistic Pike-Phalanx at War

Pen & Sword (UK)

Forthcoming – expected 2015

The Tactics of Aelian

Pen & Sword (UK)

Hb. 237 pages, 2012

ISBN: 9781848849006

 

A Storm of Spears: Understanding the Greek Hoplite at War

Pen & Sword (UK)

Hb 336 pages, 2012

ISBN: 9781848842953

On the Wings of Eagles: The Reforms of Gaius Marius and the Creation of Rome’s First Professional Soldiers

Cambridge Scholars Publishing (UK)

Hb 120 pages, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4438-1742-4

 

Edited Books

Title

Publisher

Details

Religion and Classical Warfare Vol.III: The Roman Empire

(co-edited volume – 33% editorial contribution)

Pen & Sword (UK)

Under Contract – expected 2018

Religion and Classical Warfare Vol.II: The Roman Republic

(co-edited volume – 33% editorial contribution)

Pen & Sword (UK)

Under Contract – expected 2017

Religion and Classical Warfare Vol.I: Greece

(co-edited volume – 33% editorial contribution)

Pen & Sword (UK)

Under Contract – expected 2016

Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae

(co-edited volume – 50% editorial contribution)

Pen & Sword (UK)

Hb. 228 pages, 2013

ISBN: 9781848847910

 

Book Chapters

Chapter Title

Book found in

Published By

Details

The Cult of the Eagles

Religion and Classical Warfare Vol.II: The Roman Republic

Pen & Sword (UK)

Under Contract – expected 2017

Fate, Pre-Destination & the Mindset of the Greek Hoplite in Battle

Religion and Classical Warfare Vol.I: Greece

Pen & Sword (UK)

Under Contract – expected 2016

Towards the Hot Gates: The Events Leading to the Battle of Thermopylae

Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae

Pen & Sword (UK)

Pages 1-27, 2013

ISBN: 9781848847910

Was the Greek Defence of Thermopylae in 480BC a Suicide Mission?

Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae

Pen & Sword (UK)

Pages 60-99, 2013

ISBN: 9781848847910

 

 

Peer –Reviewed Journal Articles

Article Title

Journal

Published By

Details

Alexander – the Great Strategist?

Macedonian Studies Journal

(ERA ranking: --)

Australian Institute of Macedonian Studies

Volume 1.2 (2014) pp.37-60

ISSN: 2204-311X

 

The Strategy of the Thermopylae-Artemisium Line in 480BC

Ancient History – Resources for Teachers

(ERA ranking: C)

Macquarie Ancient History Association

Volume 39.1 (2009/2012) pp.1-24

ISSN: 1032-3686

The Length of the Sarissa

Antichthon

(ERA ranking: A)

Australasian Society for Classical Studies

(Cambridge University Press)

Volume 46 (2012) pp.79-100

ISSN: 0066-4774

Greek Hoplites in an Ancient Chinese Siege

Journal of Asian History

(ERA ranking: A)

Harrassowitz Verlag (Germany)

Vol. 45 (2011) pp.17-37

ISSN: 0021-910X

For Valour: The ‘Shield Coins’ of Alexander and the Successors

Journal of the Numismatic Association of Australia

(ERA ranking: --)

The Numismatic Association of Australia

Vol. 20 (2009/2010) pp.15-34

ISSN: 0815-998x

 

The Battle of Vercellae and the Alteration of the Heavy Javelin (pilum) by Gaius Marius 101BC

Antichthon

 

(ERA ranking: A)

Australasian Society for Classical Studies (Cambridge University Press)

Volume 44 (2010) pp.50-67

ISSN: 0066-4774

When Push comes to Shove: What was the Othismos of Hoplite Combat?

Historia: Zeitschrift fuer Alte Geschichte

(ERA ranking: A+)

Steiner Verlag (Germany)

Volume 58: Issue 4 (2009) pp.395-415

ISSN: 0341-0056

The Continuing Reappraisal of Hoplite Warfare

NZACT Bulletin

 

(ERA ranking: --)

New Zealand Association of Classics Teachers

Volume 35: Issue 2 (June 2008), pp.71-80

ISSN: 0111-316x

 

Other Publications

Article Title

Journal

Published By

Details

Testing Herodotus: Using Re-Creation to Understand the Battle of Marathon

Ancient Warfare

(journal ranking: --)

Karwansaray Publishers (Netherlands)

Vol.5: Issue 4 (2011) pp.41-46

ISSN: 1874-7019

Marius’ Mules – Rome’s New Mobile Infantry

Ancient Warfare

(journal ranking: --)

Karwansaray Publishers (Netherlands)

Vol.5: Issue 1 (2011) pp.13-18

ISSN: 1874-7019

 

 

PUBLISHED BOOK REVIEWS

Publication

Reviewed in...

J. Brouwers, The Henchmen of Ares: Warriors and Warfare in Early Greece (Rotterdam, Karwansaray, 2013)

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.01.51

J. Crowley, The Psychology of the Athenian Hoplite: The Culture of Combat in Classical Athens (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2012)

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.06.25

G.S. Aldrete, S. Bartell and A. Aldrete, Reconstructing Ancient Linen Body Armor – Unraveling the Linothorax Mystery (Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.08.20

D. Kagan and G.F. Viggiano (eds.), Men of Bronze – Hoplite Warfare in Ancient Greece (Princeton, Princeton University Press, 2013)

Ancient History Bulletin 3 (2013) 75-76

 

 

Research

Chris has begun two new major research projects. The first project will expand up the techniques and processes used in his PhD research to use physical re-creation, experimental archaeology and ballistics testing to examine the warfare of the Hellenistic Period from the time of Alexander the Great to the rise of Rome. His second project will examine the psychology of conflict and warfare in ancient Greece and compare this to the way warfare is conducted in the modern world by western military institutions which base many of their strategic concepts on those of their classical forebears.

Experience

Prior to taking up his full-time position at ACU, Christopher had been engaged as a sessional teacher of ancient history (Greek and Roman) and ancient mythology and religion at Macquarie University, the Australian Catholic University, and the University of Newcastle. He has also given individal lectures to students at Australian National University in Canberra and the University of Western Australia. Christopher also regularly presents to secondary school teachers at the annual Ancient History Teachers conference and has given numerous public lectures on various aspects of ancient history.

At ACU, Christopher teaches units on the ancient Near East, the Fall of the Roman Republic, The Greek City-States, Ancient Greek Drama and Pompeii.

Professional Memberships
 Christopher is a member of The Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS), The Sydney Ancients, The Australian Living History Federation, the Friends of the Nicholson Museum and the Society of Ancient Military Historians.
 

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