Carol Thomas

  • Professor Emeritus

Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1964

Fields: Ancient Greece
Phone: 206-543-5790
Office: SMI 10 |

Greek history has been the center of my career since I began the study of ancient Greek and Latin in high school, then continued with Classics as a major in college, and added archaeology and art history in graduate study.  The 1970s were exciting for new evidence to understand the Greek “Age of Heroes” long thought to be a mythical creation of later Greece.  Tablets baked in the fires that destroyed the palaces of that “Age of Heroes” were being deciphered and, after completing my PhD,  I had the honor of working with one of the decipherers, Dr. John Chadwick.  That decipherment extended the history of Greece by several millennia, making it a contender for the world’s most durable culture.  Consequently, to explore that durability,  my recent interests have stretched to the study, teaching and research of Greece from 7000 BCE to the present.

Sharing my engagement with Greece through teaching, study, research, and publication is a joy.  Courses include a survey of the long history of Greece; upper division courses on Pre-classical, Classical, and Hellenistic Greece; undergraduate seminars on subjects such as “How to Become the Father of History,” “Finding Odysseus, and “Socrates: the Individual and the State; graduate seminars; and the occasion offering of the pre-classical form of written Greek – Linear B.  Having more than 58 graduate students work with me has been a challenging reward.  It is exciting to be asked to give guest presentations including The Fordyce W. Mitchel Memorial Lecture Series at the University of Missouri (which produced my book Finding People in Early Greece);  The Burnett Lecture at San Diego State University; and regularly the seminar on “The Classical Prototype:  The Peloponnesian War” for  the Naval War College.

Happily my research means frequent international travel and participation in regular conferences.  Published books number eleven and edited books, seven; and I have contributed eleven articles to books and encyclopedias.  Currently I am on the advisory committee of The Journal of the Historical Society, Historically Speaking, The Ancient History Bulletin, The Warring States Project (Comparative Ancient China/Greece.)  A message from an editor at Wiley/Blackwell in late October brought the welcome news that they wish to publish my book of the long history of Greece.

Other Current Positions

Publication committee, The Association of Ancient Historians (15th year)

Editorial board Ancient History Bulletin

Editorial board, The Journal of the Historical Society

Editorial advisory board for the journal, Warring States Papers

Contributing editor, Historically Speaking

Select Bibliography - Books and Articles

“On the Nature of the Mediterranean World ca 1000-500BC” in the Blackwell Companion to the Archaic Greek World

“Centering the Periphery: Ancient Macedonia,” Festschrift for Eugene Borza

“The Physical Kingdom” in the Blackwell Companion to Philip II

“Greece: the Bronze Age” and “ Greece: the Dark Age” in Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome ( Oxford University Press)

Previous: 28 M.A. level; 23 Ph.D. level

Current: 1 M.A. level; 7 Ph.D. level


2006 Alexander the Great in His World (Blackwell)

2005 Finding People in Early Greece (University of Missouri Press)

2005 The Trojan War (with Craig Conant), in the Greenwood Guides to Historic Events

of the Ancient World series (Greenwood Press); 2nd (paperback) edition 2007, University of Oklahoma Press

2003 Citadel to City State: The Transformation of Greece 1200-700 BCE (Indiana University Press, paperback edition)

1999 Citadel to City State: The Transformation of Greece 1200-700 BCE (Indiana University Press, original hardcover edition)

1999 Editor, The Coming of the Greeks: Essays of James Hooker (Regina Books)

1997 Editor, Ancient History: Recent Work and New Directions (Regina Books)

1995 Editor, Makedonika, Collected Essays of Eugene Borza (Regina Books)

1994 Decoding Ancient History: A Toolkit for the Historian asDetective, (Prentice Hall)

1993 Myth Becomes History, (Association of Ancient Historians)

1990 Progress into the Past, 2d revised edition, Indiana University Press)

1990 A History of the University Book Store, (Ed Marquand Books)

1989 Editor, 2 essays, intro & conclusion Paths from Ancient Greece (Brill)

1982 The Earliest Civilizations: Ancient Greece and the Near East 3000-200 B.C. (University Press of America)

1981 The City-State in Five Cultures, co-authored and edited with Robert Griffeth (Clio Press)

1979 Editor, Economy and Society in the Early Greek World: Collected Essays of Carl Roebuck (Ares Press)

1970 Editor, Homer's History: Mycenaean or Dark Age? (Holt, Rinehart and Winston; repr Krieger, 1976)