Alastair Blanshard

Professor Alastair Blanshard

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2016
  • Section(s): History, Classical Studies


Alastair Blanshard was born in Brisbane in 1973, and has studied at the University of Queensland and the University of Cambridge. He has held positions at Merton College, Oxford, the University of Reading, and the University of Sydney. He is currently the Paul Eliadis Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, the University of Cincinnati, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and the University of Warwick.

Alastair’s area of research interest is the ancient Greek world and its legacy. He is the author of Hercules: A Heroic Life (2005) translated into Italian, German, and Dutch, Sex: Vice and Love from Antiquity to Modernity (2010), Classics on Screen: Ancient Greece and Rome on Film (2011), and The Classical World: All that Matters (2015).

Acknowledgement of Country

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