University of Missouri


Ian Worthington

Curators' Professor
Adjunct Professor of Classical Studies
B.A., Hull, U.K.: 1979
M.A., Durham, U.K.: 1981
Ph.D., Monash University, Australia: 1987
area: Greek Classical history; Greek oratory
office: 308 Read Hall
phone: 573-882-0780

Ian Worthington was born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England and took his B.A. at the University of Hull and M.A. at the University of Durham (University College). He studied for his Ph.D. at Monash University in Melbourne (1983-87) under the supervision of Dr. J.R. Ellis. After teaching Ancient History, Greek, and Latin for ten years in the Classics departments at the Universities of New England and Tasmania (where he was Senior Lecturer), he moved to MU in 1998. He teaches a wide range of undergraduate and graduate Greek history and civilization courses, including broad surveys such as ‘Ancient Greek World’ and ‘Hellenistic World from Alexander to Rome’ and more specialized classes such as ‘Philip II, Alexander the Great and Macedonian Imperialism’, ‘Power and Oratory in Ancient Greece’ and ‘Athenian Law and Society’, and also supervises M.A. and Ph.D. students.

He has published 5 sole-authored books, 9 edited books and 2 volumes of translations in the University of Texas Oratory of Classical Greece series, and 100 articles, book chapters, and essays on Classical Greek history, oratory, and epigraphy, including, most recently, Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece (Oxford University Press 2012), Philip II of Macedonia (Yale University Press 2008) and Alexander the Great: Man and God (Pearson 2004) and the Blackwell Companions to Ancient Macedonia (2010; co-edited with Joseph Roisman) and Greek Rhetoric (2007). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Brill's New Jacoby. His next book, a study of the Macedonian empire for O.U.P.’s ‘Ancient Warfare and Civilization’ series, will be published in spring 2014. He and Joseph Roisman are currently preparing a commentary on the ancient lives of the Attic orators for the Clarendon Ancient History Series to be published in 2015.


See CV for full listing.

Worthington has given papers and lectures in North America, the U.K., Europe, Australia, Japan, and Poland as well as founding the biennial Orality and Literacy in Ancient Greece international conference series and the biennial Fordyce Mitchel Memorial Lecture Series in his present department. He has also developed and filmed a lecture video series, The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World, for the Teaching Company (2009) and appeared in the 2011 BBC series Ancient Worlds.

In 2005 he won the Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creativity in the Humanities and in 2007 the Student-Athlete Advisory Council Most Inspiring Professor Award. In 2011 he was the recipient of the William H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award and in the same year the CAMWS Excellence in University Teaching Award. In 2013 he was named a University of Missouri Curators’ Professor, the highest research award in the UM system.

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Ian Worthington
Professor Worthington

Lives of the Attic Orators
Lives of the Attic Orators

By the Spear
By the Spear

Alexander-the great
Alexander The Great

Demosthenes of Athens
Demosthenes of Athens and the Fall of Classical Greece

Ancient Macedonia
A Companion To Ancient Macedonia

Philip II
Philip II of Macedonia

book jacket
Alexander the Great: Man and God

book jacket
Alexander the Great: A Reader

book jacket
Dinarchus, Hyperides & Lycurgus


A Companion to Greek Rhetoric
A Companion to Greek Rhetoric