Jan Liam Thomas Haywood, PhD

Teaching Fellow
Department of Ancient History
Course Director for the Classical
Mediterranean, MA
School of Archaeology and Ancient History
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH, UK


Dr. Haywood research centres on various aspects of ancient historiography, notably the construction of the historians persona, and the interactions between historians and different literary genres. He is currently revising the manuscript of his first monograph, Intertext and Allusion in Herodotus Histories: Authority, Proof, Polemic, for Cambridge University Press. This book consider anew the formation and development of History as a genre, and the extent to which Herodotus is indebted to the literary techniques of his predecessors.
He is also interested in Greek religion, especially aspects concerning cognition and divination. He is currently beginning a large project which investigates the prevalence of divinatory stories in ancient historical works. In covering a range of works and authors, from Thucydides reference to a divinely ordained 27-year war, to Augustus unceasing references to divine signs ushering in his premiership, he hope to develop a much fuller picture of this under-explored aspect of ancient historiography, showing the ways in which divination proves to be an essential component of the historians toolkit.

Research Interest

His research interests include: Greek Historiography (esp. Fragmentary Authors, Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon), Literary Culture in Fifth-Century Greece, Religion and Belief in Antiquity, Ancient Divination; Homer and the Trojan War, Homeric and Herodotean Reception.

Scientific Activities


• (2013) Bursary to attend La Fondation Hardt (Hellenic Society)
• (2012) Half-Bursary to attend CA Conference
• (2011) Participant for HAPPEN Programme, Half-Bursary to attend CA Conference
• (2010-2012) University Arts and Humanities PGR Award (University of Liverpool), Graduate Teaching Fellowship (University of Liverpool)
• (2009) Postgate Studentship (University of Liverpool)
• (2008) John Rylands Achievement Award (University of Manchester)