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I am a PhD student working on Ctesias of Cnidus and his Persica. My interests span from gender and sexuality to ancient Greek warfare and Graeco-Persian interaction.

Academic Background

MA Ancient History, Cardiff University (2018-2019)

BA (Hons) History, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2012-2018)

BA (Hons) Classical Philology, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (2012-2018)

Research interests

  • Ancient Greek Warfare.
  • Achaemenid Persia (559-331 BCE)
  • Gender and sexuality in Antiquity.
  • Greek and Persian interaction in the Archaic and Classical periods.
  • Cross cultural comparative between Greece and Persia.
  • Women and power during the Hellenistic period.
  • Iranian royal women, power and leadership.
  • Military leadership in Greece during the Archaic and Classical period.


Women and leadership in Ctesias’ Persica. A feminist reading.

My PhD thesis consists of a historical and literary commentary with translation of Ctesias of Cnidus’ Persica. It will analyse the dynamics within the role Iranian royal women had in Achaemenid Persia, as well as their use of soft-power and their exercise of leadership.

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Professor in Ancient History, Lead in Equality and Diversity

Dr Alex McAuley

Lecturer in Hellenistic History, Director of International (Research Leave 2019/20)

Areas of expertise