Department of Ancient History

Dr Danijel Dzino

ancient-staff danijelAssociate Lecturer
BA (Hons), MA, PhD Adelaide

Contact details:

Telephone: +61 2 9850 8751
Office:  W6A 328


Dr Danijel Dzino is an Associate Lecturer in the Departments of Ancient History and International Studies (Croatian Studies) and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. Dr Dzino was born within the ancient borders of the Roman civitas Daesitiatum, in provinciaDalmatia. He completed his BA (Hons) (1997-2000), MA (2001) and PhD (2002-2005) in Classics at the University of Adelaide. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide (2006-2009) until moving to Macquarie University to start work on his ARC postdoctoral grant (2010-2014).

The research interests of Dr Dzino are focused on the region of ancient and early medieval Illyricum, which roughly corresponds with the western and central regions of the Balkan peninsula, the modern countries of Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Serbia and Slovenia, and the surrounding regions. His particular research passions are the issues related to the identity of the pre-Roman indigenous population (the so-called "Illyrians") and their identity-transformations in the Roman and post-Roman periods, but also modern perceptions of ancient and medieval past of this region. His other area of interest is the modern perception of those identities and their role in the construction of ethnic identities in post-Yugoslav spaces.

Dr Dzino is involved in different projects with scholars in Croatia - currently he is partner-investigator on the project Archaeology of Adriatic Shipbuilding and Seafaring (AdriaS), financed by Croatian Science Foundation, led by Dr Irena Radic-Rossi from University of Zadar . He also maintains active collaboration with the Centre for Croatian Studies at Macquarie University, including co-editorship of the journal Croatian Studies Review.

Dr Dzino also participates in the Bribir Excavation Project together with Dr Victor Ghica. The excavations are conducted by Macquarie University at the site Bribirska glavica near Skradin in Croatia in partnership with the Museum of Croatian Archaeological Monuments (Muzej Hrvatskih arheoloskih spomenika), from Split and Sibenik City Museum.

External Appointments

  • 2010 - Centre for Croatian Studies, Macquarie University - Associate fellow

Awards and Grants (last 5 years)

  • 2015 $3,500 competitive Faculty Research Travel Scheme at Faculty of Arts, Macquarie University.
  • 2010- 2014 : Australian Research Council Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship for Discovery Project DP1095356: Ancient and Medieval Identity-shifts and the Construction of Identities in Post-Yugoslav space


Almost all the publications are available online on my profile:


  • (with A. Domic Kunic), Rimski ratovi u Iliriku: Povijesni antinarativ. Biblioteka Lucius 9 (Roman wars in Illyricum. Historical anti-narrative) [Skolska knjiga: Zagreb, 2013].
  • Becoming Slav, Becoming Croat: Identity transformations in post-Roman Dalmatia. East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 450-1450 (Brill Academic Publishers: Leiden & Boston 2010).
  • Illyricum and Roman politics 229 BC - AD 68 (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge 2010).

Books (Edited)

  • (with K. Perry), Byzantium, its neighbors and its cultures. Byzantina Australiensia 20 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies: Brisbane, 2014).
  • (with B. Sidwell) Studies in Emotions and Power in the Late Roman World: papers in honour of Ron Newbold (Gorgias Press: Piscataway NJ).


  • D. Dzino & K. Parry, 'Introduction: Byzantium, its neighbours and its cultures' in D. Dzino & K. Parry (eds.), Byzantium, its neighbors and its cultures. Byzantina Australiensia 20 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies: Brisbane, 2014), pp. 1-9.
  • 'Local knowledge and wider contexts: stories of the arrival of the Croats in De Administrando Imperio in the past and present' in D. Dzino & K. Parry (eds.), Byzantium, its neighbors and its cultures. Byzantina Australiensia 20 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies: Brisbane, 2014), pp. 89-105.
  • "The formation of early imperial peregrine civitates in Dalmatia: (Re)constructing indigenous communities after the conquest", in M. Jankovic and V. D. Mihajlovic (eds.), Imperialism and Identities at the Edges of the Roman World [Cambridge Scholars Publishing: Cambridge, 2014], pp. 215-227.
  • "The impact of Roman imperialism on the formation of group identities in some indigenous societies from the eastern Adriatic hinterland", in  A. Rufin-Solas (ed.) Armeés grecques et romaines dans le nord des Balkans.  Conflits et Integration des Communautes Guerrieres.   Akanthina 7 (Foundation Traditio Europae:Gdansk & Torun, 2013), pp. 145-170.
  • "Bellum Pannonicum: The Roman armies and indigenous communities in southern Pannonia 16-9 BC", in Travaux de Symposium international: Le livre. La Romanie. L'Europe IV, 19-23 Sept. 2011. Vol. 3 (Metropolitan Library: Bucharest, 2012), pp. 461-480.
  • (with A. Domic-Kunic), "Pannonians: Identity-perceptions from the late Iron Age to later antiquity", in B. Migotti (ed.), Archaeology of Roman Southern Pannonia. The state of research and selected problems in the Croatian part of the Roman province of Pannonia. British Archaeological Reports-International Series 2393 (Archaeopress: Oxford 2012) pp. 93-115.
  • "'Biti', 'Ciniti' i 'Znati': Multietnicnost hrvatskog identiteta u srednjem vijeku", in I. Muzi,c Hrvatska povijest devetoga stoljeca (Naklada Boskovic: Split 2006) pp. 9-19 (in Croatian). [= (With minor changes) Second, revised edition (Split 2007) pp. 19-30.]
  • "Late Republican Illyrian Policy of Rome 167-60 BC: the Bifocal Approach", in C. Deroux (ed.), Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History 12. Collection Latomus 287 (Latomus: Bruxelles 2005) pp. 48-73.
  • "Sabaiarius: Beer, wine and Ammianus Marcelinus", in W. Mayer, S. Trzcionka (eds.), Feast, Fast and Famine. Byzantina Australiensia 15 (Australian Association for Byzantine Studies: Brisbane 2005) pp. 58-68.


  • (with V. Ghica & A. Milošević) , , 'Varvaria / Breberium / Bribir Archaeological Project', Hortus Artium Medievalium 21 (2015), pp. 335-355.
  • 'Illyrians' in ancient ethnographic discourse', Dialogues d'Histoire Ancienne 40(2) (2014), pp. 45-65.
  • 'The rise and fall of the Dalmatian 'Big-men': Social structures in Late Antique, Post-Roman and Early Medieval Dalmatia (ca. 500-850)', Studia Academica Šumenensia 1 (2014), pp. 127-152.
  • '"Bosanske piramide": Pseudoarheologija i konstrukcija drustvene zbilje u daytonskoj Bosni i Hercegovini', (Pseudo-archaeology and construction of social reality in Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina) Status: Magazin za političku kulturu i drustvena pitanja 17, pp. 245-252 (in Croatian).
  • "Constructing Illyrians: Prehistoric inhabitants of the Balkan Peninsula in the early modern and modern perceptions", Balkanistica 27 [University of Mississippi, USA].
  • "The cult of Silvanus: rethinking provincial identities in Roman Dalmatia", Vjesnik Arheoloskog muzeja u Zagrebu 45 (2012), pp. 261-279.
  • "Razgovor s duhovima: percepcije hrvatskog srednjovjekovlja Vladimira Sokola" (Talking with the Ghosts: Vladimir Sokol's perceptions of Croatian Middle Ages), Radovi Zavoda za hrvatsku povijest 44 (2012) pp. 453-470.
  • "Archaeology and (De)Construction of Bosnian identity", Archaeological Review from Cambridge 27/2 (2012), pp. 179-188.
  • Contesting identities of pre-Roman Illyricum", Ancient West & East 11 (2012), pp.69-96.
  • "Asinius Pollio in Dalmatia: What happened in Salona 39 BC?", Klio: Beiträge zur Alten Geschichte 93/1 (2011) pp. 158-166.
  • "Indigene zajednice zapadnog i sredisnjeg Balkanskog poluotoka i 21. stoljece: metodoloski problemi (Indigenous communities of the western and central Balkan Peninsula and the 21st century: methodological problems)", Godisnjak Centra za Balkanološka ispitivanja XL/38 (2011) pp. 197-206 (in Croatian, with English abstract).
  • "The Perception of Croatian Medieval History by Vladimir Nazor in Hrvatski kraljevi (The Kings of the Croats)", Croatian Studies Review 7 (2011), pp. 89-100.
  • "Pricam ti pricu: Ideolosko-narativni diskursi o dolasku Hrvata u De Administrando Imperio (Telling the stories: Ideological-narrative discourses on the Croat migrations in De Administrando Imperio", Radovi zavoda za hrvatsku povijest 42 (2010) pp. 153-165 (in Croatian, with English abstract).
  • "'Dezidijati': Identitetski konstrukt izmedju antickih i suvremenih percepcija (The (Daesitiates: The identity-construct between contemporary and ancient perceptions)", Godisnjak Centra za Balkanoloska ispitivanja XXXVIII/36 (2009), pp. 75-95 (in Croatian, with English abstract).
  • "Aspects of identity-construction and cultural mimicry among the Dalmatian sailors in the Roman navy", Antichthon: Journal of Australasian Society for Classical Studies 44 (2010), pp. 96-110.
  • "Novi pristupi izucavanju hrvatskog identiteta (A new approaches to the  study of the earliest Croat identity)", Radovi zavoda za hrvatsku povijest 41 (2009), pp. 33-54 (in Croatian, with English abstract).
  • "Bindus Neptunus: Hybridity, acculturation and the display of power in the hinterland of Roman Dalmatia", Histria Antiqua18/1 (2009) pp. 355-362.
  • "The Bellum Batonianum in contemporary historiographical narratives/In a search for the post-modern Bato the Daesitiate", Arheoloski radovi i rasprave 16 (2009) pp. 29-46.
  • ("Becoming Slav", "Becoming Croat": A New Directions in Research of Identities in Late Antique and Early Medieval Illyricum) Studia Slavica et Balcanica Petropolitana 2/2008 (2008) pp. 37-58 (in Russian, with English summary)        
  • "Deconstructing 'Illyrians': Zeitgeist, changing perceptions and the identity of peoples from ancient Illyricum", Croatian Studies Review 5 (2008) pp. 43-55.
  • "'Becoming Slav', 'Becoming Croat': New approaches in research of identities in post-Roman Illyricum", Hortus Artium Medievalium 14 (2008) pp. 195-206.
  • "The 'Praetor' of Propertius 1.8 and 2.16 and the origins of the province of Illyricum", Classical Quarterly 58/2 (2008) pp. 699-703.
  • "The people who are Illyrians and Celts: Strabo and the identities of the 'barbarians' from Illyricum", Arheoloski Vestnik 59 (2008) pp. 371-380.
  • "Strabo 7, 5 and imaginary Illyricum", Athenaeum: Studi periodici di letteratura e storie dell'Antichità 96/1 (2008) pp. 173-192.
  • "The Celts in Illyricum- Whoever They May Be: The hybridization and construction of identities in southeastern Europe in the fourth and third centuries BC", Opuscula Archaeologica (Zagreb) 31 (2007) pp. 93-112.
  • "Welcome to the Mediterranean semi-periphery: The place of Illyricum in book 7 of Strabo", Ziva Antika 56 (2006) pp. 113-128.
  • "Velleius Paterculus and the Pannonii: Making up the numbers", Godisnjak Centra za Balkanoloska ispitivanja XXXV/33 (2006), pp. 145-159.
  • "Delmati, vino i formiranje etnickog identiteta u predrimskom Iliriku (The Delmatae, wine and formation of ethnic identity in pre-Roman Illyricum)", Vjesnik za arheologiju i povijest dalmatinsku 99 (2006) pp. 71-80 (in Croatian, with English abstract).
  • "The Influence of Dalmatian Shipbuilders on the Ancient Warships and Naval Warfare: The lembos and liburnica", Diadora: Journal of the Archaeological Museum in Zadar 21 (2003) pp. 19-36.
  • "Annus Mirabilis: 70 BC Re-examined", Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 32/2 (2002), pp. 99-117.


  • 'Review of M. Dunn, Belief and religion in Barbarian Europe c. 350-700', Classicum 40(1) (2014), pp. 40-41.
  • 'Review of A. Milošević, Tragovi starih vjerovanja u krscanstvu ranoga srednjeg vijeka/Traces of Ancient Beliefs in Early Medieval Christianity', Starohrvatska prosvjeta 40 (2013), pp. 269-275.
  • 'Some thoughts on fashion culture and racial discourses. The review of Simončič, Kultura odijevanja and Bartulin, Racial Idea in the Independent State of Croatia', Croatian Studies Review 9 (2013), pp. 111-121.
  • Dissecting 'Balkanist' discourse in the present and the past: Review of N. Raspudić, Jadranski (polu)orijentalizam and V. Drapac, Constructing Yugoslavia, Croatian Studies Review 8 (2012), pp. 151-160.
  • Review of D. Toncinic, Spomenici VII. legije na podrucju rimske provincije Dalmacije/Monuments of Legio VII in the Roman Province of Dalmatia and S. Mesihovic, Antiqui homines Bosnae', Godisnjak Centra za Balkanoloska ispitivanja 41 (2012), pp. 269-271.
  • Review of F. Curta (ed.), The Other Europe in the Middle Ages: Avars, Bulgars, Khazars, and Cumans, Antiquite Tardive 20 (2012), pp. 426-428.
  • Review of H. Gracanin, Juzna Panonija u kasnoj antici i ranom srednjovjekovlju (od konca 4. do konca 11. stoljeća).
  • Review of Larissa Bonfante (ed.), The Barbarians of Ancient Europe: Realities and Interactions, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.09.34.
  • Review of N. Gauthier, E. Marin, F. Prevot (eds.), Salona IV, Inscriptions de Salone chrétienne, IVe-VIIe siècles = Salona IV, Natpisi starokrscanske Salone, IV.-VII. st., Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.02.35.
  • Review of R. Roth, J. Keller (ed.), Roman by Integration: Dimensions of Group Identity in Material   Culture and Text, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.08.52.
  • Review of B. Olujic, Japodi. PristupGodisnjak Centra za Balkanoloska ispitivanja XXXVI/34 (2007) pp. 274-281.
  • Review of F. Curta, The Making of the SlavsDiadora: Journal of the Archaeological Museum in Zadar 22 (2007) pp. 385-392 (in Croatian).


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