P. J. Rhodes

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Peter John Rhodes, FBA known as P. J. Rhodes, is a British academic and ancient historian. He is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the University of Durham. He has specialized in Greek politics and political institutions.[1]

Academic career[edit]

In 1965, Rhodes became a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham, in England. He was later promoted to senior lecturer. He was appointed Professor of Ancient History in 1983. He retired in 2005, becoming Professor Emeritus.[2]

His major works include the definitive modern treatment of the Athenian Council (or Boule), the now standard commentary on the constitutional treatise on Athens produced by Aristotle or under his supervision (the Athenaion Politeia), and a general book on Athens’ overseas empire.


  • The Athenian Boule, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1972, rev. 1985.
  • A Commentary on the Aristotelian Athenaion Politeia, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1981, rev. 1993.
  • The Athenian Empire, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985, rev 1993.
  • Ancient Democracy and Modern Ideology, London: Duckworth, 2003.
  • Greek Historical Inscriptions, 359-323 B.C., London Association of Classical Teachers, 1972, rev. 1986. ISBN 0-903625-11-3
  • A Commentary on the Aristotelian Athenaion Politeia, 1981, rev. 1993
  • The Greek City States: A Source Book, 1986, rev. and enlarged edition 2007.
  • (with D. M. Lewis) The Decrees of the Greek States, 1997.
  • A History of the Classical Greek World, 478-323 BC, 2005.
  • (with R. Osborne) Greek Historical Inscriptions, 404-323 BC, 2003, corr. 2007.


  • The Athenian Constitution, Penguin Classics, 1984.


  • (with L. G. Mitchell) The Development of the Polis in Archaic Greece, 1997.
  • D. M.Lewis's Selected Papers in Greek and Near Eastern History, 1997.
  • Athenian Democracy, 2004.
  • (with E. E. Bridges and E. M. Hall) Cultural Responses to the Persian Wars: Antiquity to the Third Millennium, 2007.


  1. ^ "Prof. P. J. Rhodes, FBA". Department of Classics and Ancient History. Durham University. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "RHODES, Professor Peter". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Retrieved 24 February 2014.