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Prof Nick Fisher 


Nick Fisher (2001) Aeschines, Against Timarchos, Translated, with  Introduction and Commentary. Clarendon Ancient History Series. Oxford University Press.

Abstract - The book offers the first detailed commentary in any language on this speech, which is the most important source for Athenian legal sanctions and moral attitudes concerning male same-sex relationships, and a crucial document for changes in Athenian politics and values in the 340s BC. It offers a new translation, a full introduction and a very detailed historical commentary.


N. R. E. Fisher (1993) Slavery in Classical Greece. Series: The Classical World. Bristol Classical Press/Duckworth.

Abstract - A succinct text book on this topic, central to ancient Greek history, and the only one of its type in English.  It covers the origins and growth of chattel slavery in the Greek city-states; the helots at Sparta and similar serf-type systems elsewhere; chattel slavery in Athens, and slaves’ social and economic roles; master-slave relations; manumission and the status of freedmen; ideologies and justifications of slavery.


N. R. E. Fisher (1992) HYBRIS: A Study in the values of honour and shame in Ancient Greece. Aris & Phillips.

Abstract - The fullest account of this important moral and social concept, which has become the standard work on the topic. Its central thesis is that the essence of hybris is the deliberate infliction of dishonour and shame upon others, typically arising from a arrogant overvaluation of one’s own status and importance. The book analyses the behaviour of hybris in literature and in Greek legal systems, and includes detailed analyses of many Greek authors, including Homer, Greek tragedians, Plato and Aristotle.


Recently published articles

‘The Bad Boyfriend, the Flatterer and the Sycophant: related forms of the ‘Kakos’ in democratic Athens’, in I. Sluiter and R.M. Rosen (eds.), KAKOS: Badness and Anti-Value in Classical Antiquity, Brill, 2008, 185–232

‘The culture of competition’, in K. Raaflaub and H van Wees (eds.), A Companion to Archaic Greece, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009, 524–41

‘Independent slaves in classical Athens and the ideology of slavery’, in C. Katsari and E. Dal Lago (eds.), From Captivity to Freedom,Themes in Ancient and Modern Slavery, Leicester University Press, 2008, 121–146

‘The pleasures of reciprocity: charis and the athletic body in Pindar’, in Fr. Prost aand J. Wilgaux (eds.), Penser et représenter le corps dans l’Antiquité, Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2006, 227–246

‘Lykourgos of Athens: Lakonian by name, Lakoniser by policy?’ in N. Birgalias, K. Burasalis and P. Cartledge (eds.), The Contribution of Ancient Sparta to Political Thought and Practice, Alexandria Publications, 2007, 327–344

‘Citizens, foreigners and slaves in Greek society’ in K. Kinzl (ed.), Blackwell’s Companion to the Classical Greek World, Blackwell, 2006, 327–349

‘Body-abuse: the rhetoric of hybris in Aeschines’ Against Timarchos’, in J.-M. Bertrand (ed.), La Violence dans les mondes grec et romain, Publ. de la Sorbonne, 2005, 67–89

‘The Perils of Pittalakos: settings of cock fighting and dicing in Classical Athens’, in S. Bell and G. Davies (eds.), Games and Festivals in the Ancient World, Archaeopress, 2004, 65–78

‘“Let Envy be Absent”: envy,  liturgies  and reciprocity in Athens’, in D. Konstan and K. Rutter (eds.), Envy in the Ancient World Edinburgh University Press, 2003, 181–215

‘Herodotus and popular morality’, in E. Bakker, I. de Jong and H. van Wees (eds.), Brill’s Companion to Herodotus, Brill, 2002, 199–224