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Professor Stephen Lambert

Professor Stephen Lambert

Professor of Ancient Greek History and Epigraphy

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 5635
+44(0)20 2087 4929
4.01, John Percival Building

Research interests

  • Greek epigraphy
  • Political, social and economic history of ancient Greece
  • Greek religion

Research projects

  • Inscribed Laws and Decrees of Athens
  • Athenian Religion and Citizenship (in collaboration with Utrecht University)

Education and qualifications

1978–1982, 1983–1986 University of Oxford

  • BA, 1982 (1st class honours, Literae Humaniores)
  • DPhil, 1986 (thesis entitled 'The Ionian Phyle and Phratry in Archaic and Classical Athens')

Career overview

2012–2013 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

2007–2012 Visiting Fellow, Utrecht University

2005– Lecturer in the Cardiff School of History, Archaeology and Religion (Senior Lecturer 2007, Reader 2010; Professor 2018; part-time since 2008)

1999–2004 Part-time Senior Research Fellow, University of Liverpool

1986–1997 Civil Servant

1985–1986 Temporary Lecturer, University of Lancaster


  • Lambert, S. 2019. Demokrates the democrat?. In: Parker, R. ed. Changing Names. Tradition and Innovation in Ancient Greek Onomastics.. Proceedings of the British Academy Vol. 222. Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, pp. 153-166.
  • Lambert, S. 2019. The priesthoods of the Eteoboutadai. In: Archibald, Z. and Haywood, J. eds. The Power of Individual and Community in Ancient Athens and Beyond. Essays in honour of John K. Davies.. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales, pp. 163-176.




























  • Introduction to Ancient Greek History - 20 credits (HS3101)
  • Expansion and Conflict in the Greek Poleis - 30 credits (HS3314)
  • Kingdoms, Cities and Hellenization - 30 credits (HS3315)
  • Literary Evidence for Ancient History - 10 credits (HS3325)
  • Gender and Sexuality - 20 credits (HS3362)
  • Athens in the Age of Demosthenes and Lykourgos - 10 credits (HS3371)
  • Material Evidence for Ancient History - 10 credits (HS4333)
  • Latin Historical Texts - 10 credits (HS3343/4)
  • Greek Historical Texts - 10 credits (HS3345/6)
  • Advanced Greek Historical Texts - 10 credits (HS3347)


  • Themes and Approaches in Ancient History - 20 credits (HST002)
  • Understanding Texts - 10 credits (HST011)
  • Understanding Greek Inscriptions - 20 credits (HST017)
  • Postgraduate Latin II - 20 credits (HST023)
  • Postgraduate Greek II - 20 credits (HST025)
  • Greek Epigraphy - 20 credits (HST026)
  • Special Topic: Attic Epigraphy - 20 credits (HST035)
  • Special Topic: Attic Associations - 20 credits (HST045)

Research supervision

I will accept suitably qualified PhD students interested in Greek epigraphy and Greek history. I also assist with the supervision of PhD students at Utrecht University.


Inscribed Laws and Decrees of Athens

Inscriptions are the most important documentary source for the history of ancient Athens. Inscriptiones Graecae (= IG) II, published under the auspices of the Berlin Academy, is the authoritative collection of Attic inscriptions 403 BC–267 AD. The second edition (IG II2, which appeared between 1913 and 1940) has been superseded by new discoveries and the progress of scholarship. In 1999 it was decided to produce a third edition (IG II3), beginning with the laws and decrees in ten fascicles. The project is being undertaken by an international team of 13 editors. I am responsible for fascicle 2, which includes the state laws and decrees of 352/1–322/1 BC (282 texts). It will be published by the Berlin Academy in summer 2012, together with fascicle 5, edited by Voula N. Bardani and Stephen V. Tracy, which will contain the decrees of 229/8–168/7 BC. These are the first fascicles of IG II3 to be completed. The project was supported by the AHRB and the Packard Humanities Institute.

I have published numerous articles since 2000 laying groundwork for the new edition. To coincide with the publication of fascicle 2, a collection of 18 of these has been published by Brill.

English translations of the inscriptions will be issued online.

The IG project is primarily textual and epigraphical in emphasis. I am also planning a monograph which will treat these inscriptions historically, and several of my more recent and forthcoming articles lay groundwork for this.

Athenian Religion and Citizenship

2009 marked the formal conclusion of an extremely successful 5-year research project on Athenian religion and citizenship, led by Professor Josine Blok of Utrecht University, and also involving several PhD students there. In 2005–2007 I spent one year (spread over two) working on this project in Utrecht and have since continued the collaboration as a Visiting Fellow. My contribution to this project includes those items marked * on my publications list, all of which relate to the Athenian priesthoods and the Attic gene (descent-groups that supplied priests for city cults), continuing a stream of research begun with my work on the Attic phratries.