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Professor Hugh Bowden

Professor Hugh Bowden

Dr Hugh BowdenProfessor of Ancient History

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2010
Address Department of Classics
C5, 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
  • Ancient Greek religion
  • Alexander the Great
  • Ancient Greek history more generally

I have supervised PhDs on a wide range of topics, in particular involving aspects of Greek religion. These have covered history from the Archaic Period to the Hellenistic. My publications have also ranged across this area.

Selected publications
  • Alexander the Great: A Very Short Introduction (OUP 2014)
  • Mystery Cults in the Ancient World (Thames & Hudson 2010)
  • Classical Athens and the the Delphic Oracle: Divination and Democracy (CUP 2005)

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


I teach a wide range of ancient (mainly Greek) history, including ancient religion.

Expertise and public engagement

I was involved in the redisplay of the London Mithraeum beneath the Bloomberg building. 

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