Owen Rees holds a PhD in Ancient History from the Manchester Metropolitan University (2018). His specific research interest lies in the transition of soldiers from civilian life to the battlefield and back again. He also studies the treatment of the ancient Greek war dead.
Owen works as both a lecturer and as a freelance writer, regularly contributing to publications specializing in ancient history. He originally created #badancient as a way collect examples of ancient history being misused, or appropriated, in the modern day as a way of showing his students the importance of ancient history in everyday life.
He has published two books on the topic of ancient Greek warfare: Great Battles of the Classical Greek World, and Great Naval Battles of the Ancient Greek World.
The ancient Greeks had very strong views on tattoos, but that did not stop them from trying to understand other tattoo cultures. Their relationship with tattooing was affected by their interaction with these other societies.
To the Greeks, a tattoo was a mark of disgrace and enslavement. Their word for it, stigma, today embodies this disdain and has certainly influenced European social views on tattooing for many centuries.
Sparta’s perennial appeal to readers is shown by the sheer number of publications focused on this polis. Dr Andrew Bayliss has written the most recent monograph on the subject, offering an up-to-date introduction to the Spartan scholarship.