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Carol King

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Dr. Carol J. King

Associate Professor

PO Box 2000 Corner Brook NL A2H 6P9


BA (Saint Mary’s), B.Ed. (Saint Mary’s), MA (Dalhousie), PhD (Brown)

Teaching and Professional Profile

Dr. King teaches a broad range of classics courses in both Greek and Roman civilization and history, classical literature in translation, and elementary Latin and Greek. She has a special interest in Alexander the Great and ancient Macedonia and teaches an upper level course on Alexander and the Macedonians. Prior to her appointment at Grenfell, she was Crake Doctoral Fellow at Mount Allison (2002-2003), Regular Member and Edward Capps Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (2001-2002), and Research Assistant at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington DC (1999-2000). She has been a repeat Visiting Senior Associate Member at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens, and currently is a Member of the Managing Committee of the ASCSA. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of Phoenix. Her recent monograph Ancient Macedonia (Routledge 2017) was published in a Greek translation edition by Historical Quest (Athens) in September 2020. When not in the classroom or her office debating points of classical history and historiography with her students, she likes to spend time in her garden nurturing roses and peonies.

Research Interests and Expertise

Dr. King is a Hellenist with broad interests in Greek history and literature, Greek and Roman historiography, and Homeric epic. Her primary research focuses on the historiography of Alexander the Great and the literary evidence for ancient Macedonia more broadly, with an emphasis on military and political history, especially kingship and leadership. Her monograph Ancient Macedonia (Routledge 2017) is a narrative history of the Macedonian monarchic period c. 700-167 BCE. She has also published on divination in the ancient world, and is keen to develop a course for a film studies minor on the western film genre.

Recent Publications

  • Ancient Macedonia. London and New York: Routledge (monograph, released July 2017)
  • Αρχαία Μακεδονία. Athens: Historical Quest (Greek edition, released September 2020)


  • “Macedon,” in The Cambridge Companion to Alexander the Great, edited by Daniel Ogden. Cambridge University Press. under contract
  • “Hellenistic Kingship,” in A Companion to Leadership in the Greco-Roman World, edited by Sarah Ferrario and Norman Sandridge. Wiley-Blackwell. under contract
  • “Guarding the Macedonian King: Royal Servitude, Political Jockeying, and Regicide,” in Brill’s Companion to Bodyguards in the Ancient Mediterranean World, edited by Mark Hebblewhite and Conor Whately. Brill. forthcoming
  • “Kingship and Other Political Institutions,” in A Companion to Ancient Macedonia, edited by Joseph Roisman and Ian Worthington, 373-391. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. reprinted in Alexander the Great: A Reader. Second Edition, edited by Ian Worthington, 27-43. Oxon and New York: Routledge, 2012.

  • “Plutarch, Alexander, and Dream Divination,” Illinois Classical Studies, No. 38 (2013): 81-111.

  • “Alexander’s Diadochs and their Destructive Wars,” Review-Discussion of: 
  • Robin Waterfield, Dividing the Spoils: the War for Alexander the Great’s Empire. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2011.
  • James Romm, Ghost on the Throne: the Death of Alexander the Great and the War for Crown and Empire. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
  • Joseph Roisman, Alexander’s Veteran’s and the Early Wars of the Successors. Austin: University of Texas, 2012.
  • in CJ-Online 2012.12.4 and The Classical Journal Vol. 108.3 (2013): 362-368.

  • Kenneth Moore, ed. Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Alexander the Great. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2018.
  • in Mouseion LVIX Series III Vol. 16 No. 3 (2019): 523-529.
  • Ioanna Kralli. The Hellenistic Peloponnese: Interstate Relations. A Narrative and Analytic History, from the Fourth Century to 146 BC. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2017.
  • in CJ-Online 2018.08.01 and The Classical Journal Vol. 114.1 (2018): 113-115.

Current Research Projects

Several chapters for edited volumes, under contract with Wiley-Blackwell, Cambridge University Press, and Brill, explore the political hierarchy and varied styles of leadership, both at the Argead Macedonian court and later Hellenistic courts of the Antigonids, Ptolemies, and Seleucids. This research examines the evolving relationship between king and army in the wake of imperial conquest, the role of elite advisors to and agents of the kings, and Achaemenid (Persian) influence on Macedonian and Hellenistic royal institutions, practices, and policies.  An additional contract is forthcoming for “Relationship of King and Army” in Brill’s Companion to the Campaigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great, edited by Edward M. Anson and Lee L. Brice.

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