Dr. Stephen O'Connor

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Stephen O'Connor, Ph.D.

Professor of History


I am an historian of the ancient Greek world, specializing in its economic and military history during the fifth and fourth centuries BCE. I joined CSUF in 2012 after a year teaching at Bowdoin College. My research focuses on the logistics and economics of Greek warfare, and especially the markets Classical Greek sailors and soldiers participated in while on campaign. I have also published articles on the diet, pay, and tactics of Greek military forces.


2011, Ph.D., History, Columbia University

2001, M.Phil., Greek and Roman History, Wadham College, University of Oxford

1998, B.A., Classics (Latin), Yale University

Courses Regularly Taught

History 110A, World Civilizations to the 16th Century C.E.

History 313, Imagining Alexander the Great

History 400A, Concepts in World History, Ancient to Early Modern

History 414A, The Ancient Near East

History 415A, Early Greece: From Troy to Thermopylae

History 415B, The Classical Greek World, 479-323 B.C.E.

History 415C, War and Society in Ancient Greece

I also regularly direct M.A. exams and theses on topics related to ancient Greece and the ancient Mediterranean world more generally.


Selected Publications

‘Sailors, Soldiers, and Market Exchanges in the Classical Greek World: The Constraints on Opportunism,’ Classical Philology 116 (2021): 515-536

‘Logistics,’ in W. Heckel, F.S. Naiden, E.E. Garvin, and J. Vanderspoel (eds.), A Companion to Greek Warfare (Wiley: Hoboken, NJ, 2021), 227-240

‘Private Traders and the Food Supply of Classical Greek Armies,’ Journal of Ancient History 3 (2015): 173-219