Boris Chrubasik

ef144-1Associate Professor
DPhil (University of Oxford)


Contact Information (UofT St. George)

Room:  LI 115

Contact Information (UofT Mississauga)

Room: NE4272

Bio and Research

Boris Chrubasik is Assistant Professor of Greek History and Classics at the University of Toronto.

Currently, Dr. Chrubasik’s research focusses on the political and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean from the Achaemenid to the late Hellenistic periods. He has a particular interest in questions of social power, ranging from ideas of kingship in the Seleukid empire—the largest of the successor states that emerged after the death of Alexander the Great—to the relationship between local power-holders and larger empires. He also works on questions of cross-cultural exchange between Greek and non-Greek communities in the regions of southern Asia Minor and the Levant.

In the Classical Civilization program in the Department of Historical Studies he teaches a wide range of Greek history courses ranging from the second millennium to the first century of our era. Current course offerings include: Introduction to Greek history (CLA230H5); Early Greece (CLA360H5); Classical Greece (CLA361H5); The Hellenistic Period (CLA362H5), the Persian Empire and Roman Anatolia (both offered as CLA390H5). He also enjoys supervising undergraduate students through Independent Reading Courses and the Research Opportunity Program (ROP).

Dr. Chrubasik also teaches and supervises graduate students at the Department of Classics at the university’s St George Campus. His most recent course offerings there included Greek Epigraphy, and Hellenistic Jewish history through Josephus’ Antiquities. He would be delighted to hear from potential graduate students interested in working with him.

Originally from Germany, he took two degrees in Greek history at the University of Oxford (MSt, DPhil). After his graduation he taught for a year at Oxford and was a research fellow at the University of Exeter (UK) before he joined the University of Toronto in 2013. He is co-appointed between Historical Studies and Classics.

Specialization: Greek History

List of Publications

Monographs and edited collections:


  • ‘Sanctuaries, Priest-Dynasts, and the Seleucid Empire’, in: Honigman, Sylvie, Nihan, Christophe, and Oded Lipschits (eds.), Times of Transition: Judaea in the Third Century, University Park, PA: Eisenbrauns (2021), 161–76.
  • ‘Power and Politics’, in: Dignas, Beate (ed.), A Cultural History of Memory in Antiquity, London: Bloomsbury (2020), 17–36.
  • ‘The Epigraphic Dossier Concerning Ptolemaios, son of Thraseas, and the Fifth Syrian War’, ZPE 209 (2019), 115-130.
  • ‘From pre-Makkabaean Judaea to Hekatomnid Karia and back again’, in: Chrubasik, Boris and Daniel King (eds.), Hellenism and the Local Communities of the Eastern Mediterranean, 400 BCE–250 CE, Oxford: OUP (2017), 83–109.
  • ‘The Attalids and the Seleukid Kings, 281-175 BCE’, in: Thonemann, Peter (ed.), Attalid Asia Minor: Money, International Relations, and the State, Oxford: OUP (2013), 83-119.
  • ‘Tyrants or Kings: The Communication between Usurpers and Cities in the Seleukid Empire’, in: Feyel, Christophe, Julien Fournier, Laetitia Graslin and François Kirbihler (eds.), Communautés locales et pouvoir central dans lOrient héllenistique et romain, Paris: De Boccard (2012), 65-83.

In progress:

  • ‘Succession Seleukid Style’, in: Gotter, Ulrich, Steffen Dieffenbach and Wolfgang Havener (eds.), The Arts of Succession, Studies in Ancient Monarchies 3, Stuttgart: Steiner (submitted to the editors).

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