Department of Ancient History

Department of Ancient History

Our department offers the longest running ancient history program in the country – giving us a depth of experience and an international reputation for research excellence that is unrivalled in Australia. Our academic staff are sought after for collaboration and comment around the globe, giving our research international reach and coverage.

We adhere to Macquarie’s Learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page. If you are having technical problems, raise a One-Help ticket to get assistance from the IT department.

Head of Department

Dr Ian Plant

Dr Ian Plant is a senior lecturer in the Department of Ancient History, Division of Humanities. His fields of research are Greek history and historiography, especially the study of Thucydides. He also works on women writers from Ancient Greece and Rome, and more recently on Egyptian religion in Greek and Latin writers. He teaches Ancient Greek, Latin, Mythology, Greek Heroes, Women Writers, Thucydides and Herodotus.

Research and funding

Researchers and academics in our department are committed to a deeper understanding of our ancient past as a path to better understand who we are and where we are going into the future. We are committed to cross-disciplinary collaborations that use frontier technologies to rewrite history.   

In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluation, our research in history and archaeology was ranked 4 out of 5 – performance above world standard.   

Our research strengths lie in: 

  • Ancient Egypt 
  • Greek, Hellenistic and Roman Mediterranean periods 
  • Late Antiquity, Coptic Egypt, early medieval Europe and Byzantium 
  • Early Christianity 
  • archaeology and artefact studies 
  • language studies


We consider outreach to be as important as teaching or research. Part of our mission is to provide opportunities for members of the community who have an interest in ancient history to participate in and support the teaching and research life of the Department. Some of our community, organisation and individual supporters are listed below: 

If you would like to support Ancient History at Macquarie, donate.

Resource for schools 

The Resources for Schools online site is part of our community engagement program to provide quality resources for HSC Ancient History. Here you will find up-to-date information regarding events and programs for school students and teachers as well as teaching materials and syllabus support resources for the study of Ancient Israel and the Near East.

The Faculty of Arts Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.  

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie offers travel support and info. When it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

If you are undertaking research, you must ensure compliance with the Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee if appropriate.

Employee support and safety

Macquarie wants to ensure all staff enjoy a safe, happy, productive working environment. We offer support to get you started and are transparent about our employee benefits. It is important to be aware of our Safety at work policies, as well as the University's wellbeing services that range from employment support to childcare.

Macquarie University’s health and safety policy ensures a safe work and study environment for both students and staff. Staff are encouraged to read our health and safety requirements should they need to report an incident or hazard. All staff are required to complete the Health & Safety Induction modules.

Get involved

If you are interested in getting involved with our research, contact the Faculty of Arts Research Office ( Or for more information on how to partner with us, contact our Research Partnership Manager: 

Carly Evans

C5C 315
T: +61 2 9850 4057 

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