Professor Matthew Trundle

BA Joint Honours from the History and Classics Departments of Nottingham University; Masters in Ancient (Roman) History; PhD in Ancient (Greek) History from McMaster University.


Matthew Trundle studied in the UK (BA Joint Honors) at the University of Nottingham and in Canada (MA in Roman History, PhD in Greek History) at McMaster university before teaching in Toronto at Glendon College, York University, and researching with the University of Chicago excavations at Corinth and Isthmia in Greece, where he worked for two years.  He came to New Zealand in 1999 as Lecturer in Classics at Victoria University of Wellington, becoming Senior Lecturer (2005) and Associate Professor (2011) before moving to the University of Auckland to become Chair and Professor of Classics and Ancient History in 2012.  His research interests are primarily in ancient Greek history, and his publications focus on the social and economic aspects of the classical Greek world.  He is the author of Greek Mercenaries from the Late Archaic Period to Alexander (London and New York, 2004), and has edited volumes entitled New Perspectives on Ancient Warfare (Leiden, 2010) and Beyond the Gates of Fire: New Perspectives on the Battle of Thermopylae (Bradford, 2013).  He has also published numerous articles, most recently 'Mercenaries', in The Oxford Handbook of Classical Warfare (Oxford 2013) 330-351; 'Greek Athletes and Warfare in the Classical Period' in Nikephoros 25 (2012 [2014]) 221-237, 'Coinage and the Economics of the Athenian Empire' in Circum Mare (Leiden 2016) 65-79 and 'The Spartan Krypteia' in The Topography of Violence (Ann Arbor, MI. 2016) 60-76. He is completing the publication of the inscriptions from Isthmia in the Roman period as well as a monograph on the impact of coinage on the Greek cities in the classical period.

Research | Current

  • Ancient Greek history, especially social, economic and military history

Teaching | Current

ANCHIST 262 The Ancient Economy

ANCHIST 362 The Ancient Economy

ANCHIST 739AB Greek Language (Higher)

ANCHIST 746AB Themes and Issues in Greek Culture

GREEK 100 Introduction to Ancient Greek Language 1

GREEK 200 Ancient Greek Language Acquisition: Intermediate

GREEK 300 Advanced Language Study Part 1

GREEK 714B Unprepared Translation 1

Areas of expertise

Ancient Greek history, especially social, economic and military history.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Trundle, M. (2018). Were there better angels of a classical greek nature?: Violence in classical athens. Historical Reflections, 44 (1), 17-28. 10.3167/hrrh.2018.440104
  • Trundle, M. (2018). War and the ancient mediterranean. The Routledge History of Global War and Society (pp. 79-90). 10.4324/9781315725192
  • Trundle, M. (2017). Hiring mercenaries in the classical Greek world: Causes and outcomes?. Millars: Espai i Historia, 43 (2), 35-61. 10.6035/Millars.2017.43.2
  • Trundle, M. (2017). Greek historical influence on early Roman history. Antichthon, 51, 21-32. 10.1017/ann.2017.4
  • Trundle, M. (2017). Part III The Classical Greek World: 13. The Anabasis and the Ten Thousand, 401–399 BC; 14. The Corinthian War, 395–387 BC; 15. Fourth-Century BC Greek Wars; 16. Carthaginian Offensives in Sicily, 409–307 BC. In M. Whitby, H. Sidebottom (Eds.) The Encyclopaedia of Ancient Battles (pp. ). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley- Blackwell. 10.1002/9781119099000
  • Trundle, M. (2017). Coinage and democracy: Economic redistribution as the basis of democratic Athens. In R. Evans (Ed.) Mass and elite in the Greek and Roman worlds: From Sparta to late antiquity (pp. 11-20). London, UK: Routledge.
  • Trundle, M. (2016). ANCIENT ARBITRATION. A. Cozzo ‘Nel mezzo’. Microfisica della mediazione nel mondo greco antico. (Scienze per la Pace 38.) Pp. 496. Pisa: Pisa University Press, 2014. Paper, €18. ISBN: 978-88-6741-466-6. The Classical Review, 66 (02), 474-476. 10.1017/S0009840X16000032
  • Trundle, M. (2016). The Spartan krypteia. In W. Riess, G. Fagan (Eds.) The topography of violence in the Greco-Roman world (pp. 60-76). Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press. 10.3998/mpub.8769247


Contact details

Primary office location

Level 8, Room 812
New Zealand

Web links