Department of Ancient History

Associate Professor Tom Hillard

ancient-staff tomhillardBA Hons Syd., PhD Macquarie

Contact Details:

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8862
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 515


Educated at the University of Sydney, the University of New England and Macquarie, Dr Tom Hillard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ancient History and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He has served as Deputy Dean of the Division of Humanities, but prefers a commitment to teaching, research and community outreach. His research interests are broad, but focus principally on Roman social history, and the politics of the Late Roman Republic. His main current project is the Macquarie Dictionary of Roman Biography, of which he is co-director with Dr J. Lea Beness, his partner in life and academic enterprise. (This project was generously funded in its initial stages by Dr Colleen McCullough-Robinson.)

External Appointments

  • Visiting Research Fellow, Norwich University, Northfield, Vermont 2005


  • Community Outreach Award by the Vice-Chancellor's Commendation, 2005
  • Arts Faculty Teaching Award, Macquarie University, 2010


  • Has participated in the excavations at Caesarea Maritima and Tel Gerisa in Israel, Jebel Khalid in Syria, the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project (as Associate Investigator in 1995), and has led an Australian underwater team to Torone in the Chalkidiki, northern Greece.


Books (edited)

  • Ancient History in a Modern University Volume I The Ancient Near East, Greece and Rome; Volume II Early Christianity, Late Antiquity, and Beyond (Grand Rapids & Cambridge, 1998) (with R.A. Kearsley, C.E.V. Nixon and A. Nobbs)
  • Roman Crossings. The Roman Republic in Theory and Practice (The University Press of Wales, 2005) (with K. Welch)


  • 'The Sisters of Clodius again', Latomus 32 (1973), 505-514
  • 'Crassus in 61', Liverpool Classical Monthly 6.5 (1981), 127-130
  • 'in triclinio Coam, in cubiculo Nolam : Lesbia and the other Clodia', Liverpool Classical Monthly 6.6 (1981), 149-154
  • 'The Seventies, the Senate and Popular Discontent. A Background to the First Verrine Part 1' Ancient Society: Resources for Teachers 11.3 (1981), 12¬-21
  • 'P. Clodius Pulcher 62-58 BC: Pompei Adfinis et Sodalis', Papers of the British School at Rome 50 (1982), 34-44
  • 'Materna Auctoritas. The Political Influence of Roman Matronae', Classicum 22 Vol.XI.1(1983), 6-9, 28
  • 'The Seventies, the Senate and Popular Discontent. A Background to the First Verrine Part 2' Ancient Society: Resources for Teachers 14.2 (1984), 71-125.
  • 'The Greek View of Xerxes', Teaching History 18 (1984), 17-48 (with G.J. Cowling)
  • 'Plutarch's Late-Republican Lives: Between the Lines', Antichthon 21 (1987), 19-48
  • 'Republican Politics, Women and the Evidence', Helios 16 (1989),165-182
  • 'A Hellenistic Quay in Caesarea's North Bay', Mediterranean Archaeology 2 (1989), 143-146
  • Themistokles and Ostracism. Tracing the Growth of a Myth and Nipping Another', Teaching History 23 (1989), 14-19
  • 'Aischylos' Persai as Theatre', Ancient History: Resources For Teachers 20 (1990), 6-15
  • 'The Death of L. Equitius on December 10th, 100 B.C.', Classical Quarterly 40 (1990), 269-272 (with J.L. Beness)
  • 'Sulla's Early Fortunes and his Reputation', Antichthon 25 (1991), 63-71
  • 'Persians in the Persae' , Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 21 (1991), 132-151
  • 'On the Stage, Behind the Curtain: Images of Politically Active Women in the Late Roman Republic', in B. Garlick et al. (eds.) Stereotypes of Women in Power. Historical Perspectives and Revisionist Views (New York, 1992), 37-64
  • 'A mid-1st century B.C. date for the walls of Straton's Tower?', in R.L. Vann (ed.) Caesarea Papers: Straton's Tower, Herod's Harbour, and Roman and Byzantine Caesarea (Ann Arbor, 1992), 42¬-48
  • 'A Limestone Altar from North Syria', Mediterranean Archaeology 5/6 (1992) (with G. Clarke)
  • 'The Underwater Survey of Torone: A Preliminary Report of the 1993 Season' Mediterranean Archaeology 8 (1995 ), 89-100 (with Ch. Samiou et al.)
  • 'Death by Lightning, Pompeius Strabo and the People', Rheinisches Museum fur Philologie 139 (1996), 135-145
  • 'Vespasian's Death-Bed Attitude to his Impending Deification' in M. Dillon (ed.) Religion in the Ancient World: New Themes and Approaches (Amsterdam, 1996), 193-215
  • 'Postclassical Effects on Classical Shoreline Sites: Straton's Tower/Caesarea Maritima, Israel and Torone, Chalkidike, Greece (with J.L. Beness) in Res Maritimae. Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean from Prehistory to Late Antiquity (ed. S. Swiny, R.H. Hohlfelder and H.W. Swiny, Cyprus American Archaeological Research Institute Monograph Series 1; American Schools of Oriental Research Archaeological Reports 4, Atlanta, GA., 1997.), 135-151
  • 'The Agathos Daimon Abandons Alexandria' in T.W. Hillard et al. (eds) Ancient History in a Modern University I (Grand Rapids & Cambridge, 1998), 160-172
  • 'The Theatricality of the Deaths of C. Gracchus and Friends' Classical Quarterly 51.1 (2001), 135-140 (with J.L. Beness)
  • 'Popilia and Laudationes Funebres for Women' Antichthon 35 (2001 [2002]), 45-63
  • Romans in Upper Egypt in 116 B.C.', The Bulletin of the Australian Centre for Egyptology 12 (2001), 25-33 (with J. L. Beness)
  • Nine entires in A.G. Traver (ed.) From Polis to Empire- The Ancient World c.800 B.C. - A.D. 50O. A Biographical Dictionary (Wesport, 2002)
  • 'The Nile Cruise of Cleopatra and Caesar', Classicial Quarterly 52.2 (2002), 549-554.
  • 'The First Romans at Philae (CIL 12.2.2937a)' Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 144 (2003), 203-207 (with JLB)
  • 'Ancient History and Contemporary Public Interest: the View from 2004', Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 33.2 (2003 [published 2005]), 107-134
  • 'Ancient history, Archaeology and Classical Studies', in M. Spongberg et al. (eds), A Companion to Womens History Writing (Palmgrave, 2005) (with JL Beness), 5-15, plus two biographical entries, 235¬-237.
  • 'Scipio Aemilianus and a Prophecy from Clunia', Historia 54 (2005), 344-348.
  • 'Res Publica in Theory and Practice', in K. Welch et al. (eds) Roman Crossings. The Roman Republic in Theory and Practice (Swansea, 2005), 1-48.
  • 'AD 79: the Other Accounts', in J.L. Beness (ed.) Cities of Vesuvius: Pompeii & Herculaneum (A Special Issue of Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 35.1 (2005), 1-36.
  • Children and the Onset of the Athenian Plague', Mediterranean Archaeology 19/20 (2006/07), 151-167.
  • The First Secessions', in A. Pavkovic and P. Radan (eds), On the Way to Statehood. Secession and Globalization (Aldershot, Ashgate, 2008), 163-174.
  • The God Abandons Antony. Alexandrian Street Theatre in 30 B.C.' in A. Woods et al. (eds), Egyptian Culture and Society (Cairo, 2010), 201-217.
  • Shocking Audiences Modern and Ancient', Australasian Drama Studies 56 (2010), 131-153 (with J. McCallum).
  • The Coastal Topography of Ancient Torone', Mediterranean Archaeology 22/23 (2009/10), 69-84 (with J. Lea Beness, Richard Dunn, and Anthony Sprent).
  • Torone, Trade and the Sea: Towards a History of the Harbour', Mediterranean Archaeology 22/23 (2009/10), 85-97 (with L. Beness).
  • From Marius to Sulla: Part 1', Studies in Honour of Margaret Parker (a special issue of Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 38.1 2008 [2011]), 56-83 (with L. Beness).
  • Augustus and the Evolution of Roman Concepts of Leadership', Resources for Teachers. 38.2 2008 [2011]), 107-152.
  • Velleius Paterculus and the reluctant princeps: the evolution of Roman perceptions of leadership', in E. Cowan (ed.) Velleius Paterculus. Making History (Swansea, The University Press of Wales, 2011), 219-251.
  • 'Another Voice against the 'Tyranny' of Scipio Aemilianus in 129 B.C.?', Historia: Zeitschrift für alte Geschichte 61.3 (2012), 270-281 (with L. Beness).
  • 'Late antique memories of Republican political polemic: Pseudoacron ad Hor. serm. 2.1.67 and a dictum Macedonici', Classical Quarterly 62.2 (2012), 816-826 (with L. Beness).
  • 'Insulting Cornelia', Antichthon 47 (2013), 61-79 (with L. Beness)   (An extended version can be found here.)

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Selected Reviews

  • Rape in the Greek and Roman World: A Review Article', Ancient History: Resources For Teachers 29.2 (1999), 159-183 (with J.L. Beness)
  • Review of W. J. Tatum "The Patrician Tribune" Phoenix 55 (2001), 189-193
  • Review of Beryl Rawson "Children and Childhood in Roman Italy", Ancient History: Resources For Teachers 34.1 (2001), 82-88.
  • Addressing Rome: a review of L.M. Yarrow, "Historiography at the End of the Republic. Provincial Perspectives on Roman Rule", Classical Review (forthcoming)


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