Dr Kyle Erickson PhD, MA, BA

Assistant Dean of Humanities & Performing Arts

Head of School of Classics


Tel: +44 (01570) 424828
E-mail: k.erickson@uwtsd.ac.uk

Kyle Erickson

Assistant Dean of Humanities & Performing Arts

Head of School of Classics

My primary research interest is the political and cultural interactions between the Greek world and the Near East. I am interested in connections between divinity, legitimacy and power. As a result, my work has concentrated on the numismatic representation of divine figures and their potential multicultural interpretations.

My current research explores the creation of ruler cult in Asia Minor during the Hellenistic period, problems of Hellenistic kingship. I am also interested in the development of the Alexander legends and the potential existence of a Seleucus romance.

  • Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies (External Research Associate) 
  • Classical Association
  • American Historical Association
  • American Philological Association

My main areas of interest in teaching are the Hellenistic Period and the literature generated about Alexander the Great. However, I also teach a wide range of other subjects from Greek Poetry, particularly Hesiod, and have a strong interest in Roman History during the last century of the Republic.

Teaching in Lampeter highlights some of the best aspects of teaching, the individual interaction with students. Of fundamental importance to my teaching is the need to make students connect to the material in a way that was relevant to their own experiences, expectations and goals.

While this remains relatively easy when a student sets their own research agenda, it is more difficult when I set the assignments. On account of this, I strongly believe in the use of a variety of assessment mechanisms and differing approaches to lecturers and seminars which Classics in Lampeter offers.

Humanities Modules:

  • 1st Year: Study Skills
  • 2nd Year: Research Methods and Skills: Imperialism, Literature, Art and Architecture
  • 3rd Year: Dissertation Preparation
  • Ancient History and Classical Studies Modules:
  • MA: Methodology; Historiography; Power and Culture in the Hellenistic East
  • UG: Sparta; Greek history; Methodology; Field Trip (Italy and Roman Spain)
  • Classical Studies Modules:
  • UG: On Love’s Trail: the Greek novel in Antiquity
  • Language Modules (with recently read texts):
  • Advanced Greek: Plutarch On the Malice of Herodotus; Hesiod Theogony; Sophocles Electra
  • Intermediate Greek: Athenaze; Lysias 1, 3.
  • Intermediate Latin: Reading Latin

I have also supervised MA dissertations on Roman Parthian relations, Mark Antony and the East, Egypt under Augustus, and am currently supervising dissertations on the representation of Xerxes in Herodotus, and the Derveni Papyrus.

My research has focused on how the Seleucids projected their identity as Greco-Macedonians to a non-Greco-Macedonian audience. This research forms the basis my collaboration with Professor A. Coşkun and Professor D. Engels on a book entitled, “Construction of Seleucid Royalty: Studies in the Politics and Propaganda of Antiochus I”.

Our combined efforts have led to the creation of a Seleucid Study Network, which has held meetings in Exeter (UK), Waterloo (Canada), and the Classics Celtic Conference (Bordeaux). The latest meeting of this group was held on Seleucid Women in February 2013 at McGill University.

Furthermore, it informs my two other current projects the first is a redrafting of my PhD “The early Seleucids, their gods and their coins”. This monograph will focus on how the Seleucids used divine imagery on their coinage to present an image understandable to all potential audiences in their empire. The second is a Short History of the Seleucid Empire.

Another aspect of my work is the study of imperialism and the ways in which Greek powers negotiated with the non-Greek cultures of their subjects. I have recently completed the joint editing of two conference volumes on related themes, one from the 2008 international conference Seleucid Dissolution, and one on the Alexander Romance in Persia with Richard Stoneman.

Furthermore, I am currently editing the proceedings of a panel on the Seleucid Empire in the third century B.C. held at the 2012 Classics Celtic Classics Conference. 

“Zeus to Apollo and back again: shifts in Seleucid policy and iconography” in S. Krmnicek and N. Baylor (eds), Art in the Round. Tübinger Archäologische Forschungen (TAF). 2014, 97-108.

“Seleucus I, Zeus and Alexander” in L. Mitchell and C. Melville (eds), Every Inch a King: Comparative Studies in Kings and Kingship in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds, Brill. 2011

“Apollo-Nabû: the Babylonian Policy of Antiochus I” in K. Erickson and G. Ramsey (eds), Seleucid Dissolution: The Sinking of the Anchor. Philippika 50. Harrassowitz. 2011, 51-66. 2011

“The ‘royal archer’ and Apollo in the east: Greco-Persian iconography in the Seleukid Empire” in Holmes, N. (ed), Proceedings of the XIV International Numismatic Congress. Glasgow. 2012, 163-168. Co-authored with Nicholas Wright. 2012

The Alexander Romance in Persia and the East. Ancient Narrative Supplements 15. Barkhuis Publishing. 2012. Co-editor with Richard Stoneman and Ian Netton. 2011

Seleucid Dissolution: The Sinking of the Anchor. Philippika 50. Harrassowitz. 2011. Co-editor with Gillian Ramsey.

Encyclopaedia articles:
Erickson, K. “Antiochos VIII Grypos” Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (Online)
Erickson, K. “Antiochos IX Kyzikenos” Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (Online)
Book reviews:
Review of Dexter Hoyos, A Companion to Roman Imperialism, Leiden, Brill, 2013 (History of Warfare 81), Hardback, 416 p., ISSN 1385-7827. LATOMUS 73.3 (2014)
Review of Fabrice Delrieux, Les monnaies du Fonds Louis Robert (Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres). Mémoires de l’Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 45, Paris, Academie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, 2011, Pp. 343; 53 p. de cartes, 80 €. ISBN 978-28-7754-270-8. LATOMUS 73.3 (2014)

Research networks

  • Seleucid study network: Meetings in Exeter 2011, Waterloo 2011, Bordeaux 2012, McGill 2013
  • Sacred Ways: 2011 organisational workshop

Joint research :

Antiochus I with Altay Coskun (Waterloo) and David Engels (Université Libre de Bruxelles)

Conference panel organisation:

CA 2011: Seleucid panel in Durham, Seleucid Study Day panel (Celtic Conference, Bordeaux 2012)

Keynote speaker:

Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in Ancient History, Saint Andrews 2013