Dr Jelle Stoop
BA Oxford MPhil PhD Yale
Lecturer in Ancient History
A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney
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Born and raised in Belgium, I studied Classics and Ancient History at universities in the U.K. and in the U.S.A. I taught Greek and Roman history at the University of California, Berkeley for a year, before joining the University of Sydney.
People, and the variety of ways they go about organizing their lives, fundamentally fascinate me. I study those who inhabited the Greek world, when it was at its most expansive, but also when its waning pretensions of imperialism gave way to an encroaching influx of Roman émigrés, roughly between 400 BCE and 200 CE. Within this context, I ask why certain attitudes, habits, and institutions of the Greek city-state continued seemingly unabated, while others died out. And in doing so, I reflect anthropologically on the peculiarities of ancient evidence, especially art and epigraphy.
Teaching and supervision
In addition to Greek and Latin languages, I have taught in Greek and Roman history, historical methodology, and sociological theory. And I have supervised honours theses in Ancient History.
I am keen to work with postgraduate students whose interests in the ancient world coincide with, or touch on, my own.
My main project enquires into why Greek city-states got into an altogether odd habit of awarding statues to individuals by process of civic decree. There is a long history to be told here, about keeping up democratic appearances (which were, as such, quite real) that contains, however, episodes of élite interference and abuse. But the long-term effect of awarding statues exceeded that of community-élite interaction within any one city – it was motivated, too, by a rising demand for social integration of citizens between cities, Greeks as well as Romans.
Other projects are on Ionian migration throughout the fifth century BCE, on the legal institution of foreign judges, and on human resources in the early Roman empire.
Awards and honours
AAIA 2015-2016 Fellowship for Research in Greece
I am the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Classicum, and welcome article submissions to be sent to me.
- New Staff Start-Up grant; Stoop J; University of Sydney/Internal Research Grant Allocations.