Department of Ancient History

Associate Professor Paul McKechnie

Associate Professor Paul McKechnieMA Cantab., D.Phil Oxon.

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8782
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 500




Associate Professor Paul McKechnie has a DPhil  (1985; Ancient History) from University College, Oxford.  From 1984-1987 he was Assistant Master in Classics and Religious Education, The Perse School, Cambridge, and from 1987-1991 Head of Department of Classics at Kamuzu Academy, Malawi.  From 1991-1998 he held a Lectureship in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Auckland. In 1998 he became Senior Lecturer, a position he held until joining Macquarie in 2007 as Associate Professor, CORE in Ancient Cultures, in the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre.

Paul's teaching and research interests include the Hellenistic (especially Ptolemaic) world and early Christianity.



  • Paul McKechnie and Philippe Guillaume (eds.), Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his World (Leiden, Brill, 2008).
  • Paul McKechnie (ed.) Thinking like a Lawyer: Essays in Legal History and General History for John Crook on his Eightieth Birthday (Leiden, Brill, 318 pp., 2002).
  • The First Christian Centuries: Perspectives on the Early Church (Leicester, Apollos, and Downer's Grove, IL, IVP, 272 pp., 2001 and 2002; Indian edition, Secunderabad, OM Books, 2004)
  • Outsiders in the Greek Cities in the Fourth Century BC (London, Routledge, 231 pp., 1989; Japanese translation by H. Mukaiyama, Kyoto, Minerva-Shobu, 21 plus 263 pp., 1995).
  • Paul McKechnie and S.J. Kern (eds.), Hellenica Oxyrhynchia (Warminster, Aris and Phillips, 187 pp., 1988).

Chapters in books

  • 'Who were the Alexandrians? Palace and city, Aristarchus and Comanus, 170-145 BC' in Andrea Jördens and Joachim Friedrich Quack, Ägypten zwischen innerem Zwist und äusserem Druck: Die Zeit Ptolemaios' VI. bis VIII. (Wiesbaden, Harassowitz, 2011), pp. 219-234.
  • 'Introduction' in Paul McKechnie and Philippe Guillaume (eds.), Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his World (2008)
  • 'Ptolemy II Philadelphus: a new Moses' in Paul McKechnie and Philippe Guillaume (eds.), Ptolemy II Philadelphus and his World (2008)


  • 'Christian City Councillors in the Roman Empire Before Constantine' Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 5 (2009), article 1:
  • 'A Syrian (?) Villager Remembered in Byzacium' Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 169 (2009), 177-179.
  • 'Business and Wealth in the Shepherd' Classicum 35.1 (2009), 16-21.
  • 'Apollonia: an Early Testimony for Christianity in Anatolia' Epigraphica Anatolica 41 (2008), 141-146.
  • 'Judaean Embassies and Cases before Roman Emperors, AD 44-66' Journal of Theological Studies 56.2 (2005), 339-61.
  • 'Beau Monde and Demi-Monde in Alexandria, 323-116 BC' L'Antiquité Classique 74 (2005), 69-82.
  • 'Harmonizing the Alexander-Gospels: a Reply to N.G.L. Hammond' L'Antiquité Classique 70 (2001), 161-8.
  • 'Flavia Sophe in Context' Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 135 (2001), 117-24.
  • 'The Career of Joshua Ben Sira' Journal of Theological Studies 51.1 (2000), 3-26.
  • 'An Errant Husband and a Rare Idiom (P.Oxy. 744)' Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 127 (1999), 157-61.
  • 'Christian Grave-Inscriptions from the familia Caesaris' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 50.3 (1999), 427-441.
  • 'Manipulation of Themes in Quintus Curtius Rufus Book 10' Historia 48 (1999), 44-60.
  • '"Women's Religion" and Second Century Christianity' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 47.3 (1996), 409-431. Reprinted in Everett Ferguson (ed.) Recent Studies in Early Christianity I: Christianity and Society (New York and London, 1999), 31-53.
  • 'Diodorus Siculus and Hephaestion's Pyre' Classical Quarterly 45 (1995), 418-432.
  • 'Early Hellenistic History: Nineties Approaches' Prudentia 26.2 (1994), 29-46.
  • 'St. Perpetua and Roman Education in AD 200' L'Antiquité Classique 63 (1994), 279-91.
  • 'Greek Mercenary Troops and their Equipment' Historia 43 (1994), 297-305.
  • 'The Downfall of the Children of Night' Journal of Humanities 6 (1992), 33-42.
  • 'Tertullian's De pallio and Life in Roman Carthage' Prudentia 24.2 (1992), 44-66.
  • 'Cassius Dio's Speech of Agrippa: a Realistic Alternative to Imperial Government?' Greece and Rome 2nd Series 28.2, pp.150-155, (1981).

Research Interests

Classical and Hellenistic Greece; Roman History; Early Christianity


ancient chrisThe Early Christian and Jewish world in its Graeco-Roman Context
Team Members: Choat , Nobbs, Welborn, McKechnie


Hellenistic AgeThe Mediterranean in the Hellenistic Age 
Team Members: Bosworth, Choat, T. Evans, Kanawati, McKechnie, Sheedy and associated researchers.

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