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Dr Hugh Bowden

Dr Hugh Bowden

Dr Hugh BowdenSenior Lecturer in Ancient History

Head of Department

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2010
Address Department of Classics
B10, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS

My first degree was in Classics (Oxford 1984) and my DPhil (Oxford 1990) examined religion in the Greek historian Herodotus. I have been teaching at King's since 1989.
Research interests and PhD supervision

My research is focused on the practice of ancient religion, in particular in ancient Greece. My new book, due out later in 2009, is on Mystery Cults in the Ancient World, and explores how some religious rituals offered participants a chance to make direct contact with the gods, through ecstatic activity, or intense physical experience. My next project will examine the religion of Alexander the Great.

I am interested in supervising  PhD students in:

  • Archaic and Classical Greek History
  • Ancient Religion

For more details, please see my research profile.

Selected publications
  • Hugh Bowden (2011)  'A New History of the Peloponnesian War' INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW, 33 (2), pp. 353-354.
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • Hugh Bowden (2011)  'War, Peace, and Alliance in Demosthenes' Athens' INTERNATIONAL HISTORY REVIEW, 33 (3), pp. 545-546.
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • Hugh Bowden (2010) Mystery Cults in the Ancient World Thames & Hudson [Authored Book in print]
  • H Bowden (2005) Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle Divination and Democracy Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 
    [Authored Book in print]
  • Hugh Bowden, Louis Rawlings (2005) Herakles and Hercules: Exploring a Graeco-Roman Divinity Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales [Edited book in print]

For a complete list of my publications, please see my full research profile.



  • 4AACFY21 Democracy & Oligarchy in the Classical World
  • 5AACAHC2 Writing History
  • 5AACHI01 Greek History down to 322BC
  • 6AACHI13 Alexander the Great
  • 6AACHI17 Greek Religion


  • 7AACM420 Greek Religion: Myth & Meaning  
  • 7AACM421 Greek Religion: Culture & Cognition           



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