Loren J. Samons II

Loren J. Samons II

Professor of Classical Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies

1991 Ph.D. Brown University (Ancient History)
1987 M.A. Brown University
1986 B.A. Baylor University summa cum laude

  • STH 415, Hours (Fall 2014): Mondays 10-11:30, Wednesdays 1-2:30pm, and by appointment
  • 617-353-4504; Fax: 617-353-1610

Curriculum Vitae

Loren Samons specializes in the history of Greece in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C., with particular interests in Athenian politics and imperialism. His current research focuses on the figures of Perikles and Kimon, Athenian foreign policy, and the composition of Herodotus’ and Thucydides’ histories. He also has interests in the later Roman empire, ancient warfare, and the classical tradition.¬†¬†Professor Samons hails from Arkansas, where he first learned how to cast a flyrod and pick a guitar. When he is not teaching or writing, he spends most of his time harassing the trout population of North America.

Research Interests

Greek history in the fifth and sixth centuries B.C.; Athenian democracy and imperialism; Greek and Roman historiography; warfare in antiquity; later Roman empire

Current Projects

Pericles and the Conquest of History (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming, 2015).

Kimon and the Creation of Classical Athens (under contract for Cambridge University Press).

Select Publications

Samons_Periclessamons_pub2The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Pericles, editor and contributor (Cambridge University Press, 2007).

What’s Wrong With Democracy? From Athenian Practice to American Worship (University of California Press, 2004; paperback, 2007).

Empire of the Owl (Athenian Imperial Finance), Historia Einzelschriften 142 (Stuttgart: Franz Steiner, 2000).