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Dr Irene Polinskaya

Dr Irene Polinskaya

Dr Irene PolinskayaSenior Lecturer in Greek History


Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2629
Address Department of Classics
D10, North Wing
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS




After a course of undergraduate studies in St Petersburg, Russia, where my specialization initially was in Russian language and literature, and later in Classical philology, I conducted graduate studies at Stanford University (1993-2000), focusing my research on ancient Greek religion and Greek social history and receiving a PhD in Classics in 2001. Subsequently (2000-2007), I taught ancient Greek and Roman history, as well as Ancient Greek and Latin, at Bowdoin College, USA, and joined King's in 2007.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Ancient Greek religion (methods and approaches )
  • Ancient Greek social history (leasing of public/sacred lands)
  • Aigina (history, epigraphy, archaeology)
  • Identity formation (ancient to modern Greece)
  • Greek epigraphy (Aigina, Attica, Northern Black Sea)
  • Digital epigraphy

Current projects

I am happy to supervise PhD students on topics in ancient Greek religious, political and social history, primarily of the Archaic and Classical periods.

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications
  • Irene Polinskaya (2013) "A Local History of Greek Polytheism - Gods, People and the Land of Aigina, 800-400 BCE." (Brill, 2013)
  • Irene Polinskaya (2012) “Calling Upon Gods as Witnesses in Ancient Greece.” In Mètis. Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens. Dossier: Serments et paroles efficacies. New Series 10 (2012), 23-37
  • Irene Polinskaya (2010) 'Shared sanctuaries and the gods of others: on the meaning of ‘common’ in Herodotus 8.144', in Valuing Others in Classical Antiquity pp. 43-70
  • Irene Polinskaya (2009)  'Fifth-Century Horoi on Aigina a Re-evaluation' HESPERIA78 (2), pp. 231-267.
  • Irene Polinskaya (2008) “On the Aiginetan Cult of Zeus Pasios: A New Edition of SEG XI 2.”  In ΜΙΚΡΟΣ ΙΕΡΟΜΝΗΜΩΝ. Studies in Honor of Michael H. Jameson, edited by A. P. Matthaiou and I. Polinskaya. Athens, 2008, 211-227
  • Irene Polinskaya (2006) “Lack of Boundaries, Absence of Oppositions: the City-Countryside Continuum of a Greek Pantheon.”  In City, Countryside, and the Spatial Organization of Value in Classical Antiquity, edited by R. Rosen and I. Sluiter, Leiden and Boston, 2006, 61-92.
For a complete list of publications, please see my full research profile.
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