Chris de L’isle

Chris de L’isle

Supernumerary Fellow and College Lecturer in Ancient History; British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow


I served as Stipendiary Lecturer in Ancient History at University College from 2017-2018 and began a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at the end of 2017. Currently, I am researching Sicily’s political, economic, and ideological interactions with the wider Mediterranean world from c.800-100 BC. I am interested in the degree to which the island’s internal divisions are reflected in its external relations, whether different types of interaction were correlated, and what commonalities existed between Sicily and other large islands in the ancient Mediterranean. My DPhil thesis, which I am preparing for publication in OUP’s Oxford Classical Monographs series, focused on King Agathokles of Syracuse as a window into the development of tyranny and kingship in Sicily at the beginning of the Hellenistic period.

Selected Publications

“The Coinage of Agathokles of Syracuse: Sicilian and Hellenistic Influences.” Numismatic Chronicle 177 (2017): 1-20.
“The Punic Wars” in C. Lopez-Ruiz & B.R. Doak (ed.) Companion to the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean. OUP (2018)

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