Roel Konijnendijk studied Ancient History at Leiden University before moving to University College London to complete his PhD (2015). His work focuses on Classical Greek military thought and practice, the military encounter between the Greek and Persian military systems, and the historiography of Greek warfare.
His PhD research on Greek approaches to battle was published as Classical Greek Tactics: A Cultural History (Leiden: Brill, 2018). As a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, he studied the earliest academic scholars in the field of Greek military history. He is currently Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford.
In his spare time, he is a moderator of AskHistorians, one of the largest public history platforms on the internet.
A jug made in Corinth but unearthed in an Etruscan tomb features an image that has been widely interpreted as representing hoplites fighting in phalanx formation. But a closer examination of this artefact casts serious doubts on this view.
Were the Spartans really so great in war? What are the roots of their image as invincible super-soldiers? A deep dive into their history and institutions shows that there is some truth, but also a great deal of distortion.