Dr Lisa Irene Hau

  • Senior Lecturer (Classics)

Research interests

My primary research interest is Greek historiography. I am especially interested in the literary aspect: how the narrative is put together, and how historiography works as a genre. For this purpose it is important to study not just the works that survive in substantial form, but also the ‘fragments’ of those works otherwise lost.

Through my work on Greek historiography I have developed an interest in historiography more broadly (Roman, 21st-century, and everything in between), as well as an interest in literary theory, particularly narratology.

A side interest is Classical and Hellenistic Greek history, particularly Classical Athenian democracy. I am also interested in Greek language, particularly from a grammatical angle.

My book, Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus, argues that Greek historiography was at heart a moral-didactic genre aiming to teach its readers lessons about how to think and behave morally in the world. It analyses the moralising techniques and lessons of the Classical historiographers Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon and the Hellenistic historiographers Polybius and Diodorus as well as of a range of fragmentary historiographers from the Classical and Hellenistic periods. I have also published  articles on Thucydides, Xenophon, Polybius, Diodorus, and Greek historiography as a genre.  I am currently working on a book about so-called tragic history, i.e. a type of Hellenistic historiography which is generally thought to have been sensationalist and partly fictionalised. It is my theory that this classification of ‘tragic’ history is wrong, and that its practitioners were in fact trying to do what many present-day historians do, namely trying to make the reader engage with history on an emotional as well as an intellectual level.  

I have co-organised an international conference, ‘Diodorus Siculus: shared myths, world community, and universal history’ (Glasgow 2011) and a panel at the 2012 Celtic Conference in Classics on ‘Pluralising the Past: truth, belief, and fictionality in Greeek tragedy and historiography’ (Bordeaux 2012).


Publications

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Number of items: 23.

2020

Hau, L. (2020) Tragedies of war in Duris and Phylarchus: social memory and experiential history. In: Klooster, J. and Kuin, I. N. I. (eds.) After the Crisis: Remembrance, Re-anchoring and Recovery in Ancient Greece and Rome. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 49-64. ISBN 9781350128552 (In Press)

2019

Hau, L. (2019) Pathos with a point: reflections on 'sensationalist' narratives of violence in Hellenistic historiography in the light of twenty-first-century historiography. In: Grethlein, J., Huitink, L. and Tagliabue, A. (eds.) Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece: Under the Spell of Stories. Series: Cognitive classics. Oxford University Press, pp. 81-103. ISBN 9780198848295 (In Press)

Hau, L. (2019) Diodorus’ use of Agatharchides’ description of Africa. In: Coltelloni-Trannoy, M. and Morlet, S. (eds.) Histoire et Géographie Chez les Auteurs Grecs du lie Siecle Avant J.-C. au Vie Siecle Après J.-C. Boccard: Paris, pp. 27-42. ISBN 9782701805351

2018

Hau, L. I. (2018) Tragic history. In: Whitmarsh, T. (ed.) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford University Press. (doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.8228)

Hau, L. I. (2018) 'One might rightly wonder' - marvelling in Polybios Histories. In: Gerolemou, M. (ed.) Recognizing Miracles in Antiquity and Beyond. Series: Trends in classics supplementary volumes (53). De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 63-84. ISBN 9783110530469 (doi:10.1515/9783110563559-006)

Hau, L. I. , Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. eds. (2018) Diodoros of Sicily: Historiographical Theory and Practice in the Bibliotheke. Series: Studia Hellenistica, 58. Peeters: Leuven. ISBN 9789042934986

Hau, L. , Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. (2018) Introduction. In: Hau, L.I., Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. (eds.) Diodoros of Sicily: Historiographical Theory and Practice in the Bibliotheke. Series: Studia Hellenistica (58). Peeters: Leuven, pp. 3-12. ISBN 9789042934986

Hau, L. I. (2018) Being, seeming and performing in Polybius. In: Miltsios, N. and Tamiolaki, M. (eds.) Polybius and His Legacy. Series: Trends in classics - supplementary volumes (60). De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 103-113. ISBN 9783110584844 (doi:10.1515/9783110584844-00 7)

Hau, L. I. (2018) Græske Historikere. Klassikerforeningens Kildehæfter: Thisted. ISBN 9788789504605

Hau, L. I. (2018) Narrator and narratorial persona in Diodoros' Bibliotheke (and their implications for the tradition of Greek historiography). In: Hau, L.I., Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. (eds.) Diodoros of Sicily: Historiographical Theory and Practice in the Bibliotheke. Series: Studia Hellenistica (58). Peeters: Leuven, pp. 277-302. ISBN 9789042934986

2016

Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. I. (Eds.) (2016) Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past. Series: Routledge studies in ancient history. Routledge: London and New York. ISBN 9781138839403

Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. I. (2016) Introduction. In: Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. (eds.) Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past. Series: Routledge studies in ancient history. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781138839403

Hau, L. I. (2016) Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474411073

Hau, L. I. (2016) Truth and moralising: the twin aims of the Hellenistic historiographers. In: Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. (eds.) Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past. Series: Routledge studies in ancient history. Routledge: London, pp. 226-249. ISBN 9781138839403

2014

Hau, L. I. (2014) Stock Situations, Topoi, and the Greekness of Greek Historiography. In: Cairns, D. and Scodel, R. (eds.) Defining Greek Narrative. Series: Edinburgh Leventis Studies. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748680108

2013

Hau, L. (2013) Does pride go before a fall? Xenophon on arrogant pride. In: Hobden, F. and Tuplin, C. (eds.) Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Enquiry. Series: Mnemosyne: supplements: history and archaeology of classical antiquity (348). Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 591-610. ISBN 9789004224377

Hau, L. (2013) The shadow of what might have been: sideshadowing in Thucydides and Xenophon. In: Powell, A. (ed.) Hindsight in Greek and Roman History. Classical Press of Wales. ISBN 9781905125586

Hau, L. I. (2013) Nothing to celebrate? The lack or disparagement of victory celebrations in the Greek historians. In: Spalinger, A. and Armstrong, J. (eds.) Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World. Series: Culture & History of the Ancient Near East (63). Brill: Leiden, pp. 57-74. ISBN 9789004251007

2011

Hau, L.I. (2011) Tykhe in Polybios: narrative answers to a philosophical question. Histos, 5, pp. 183-207.

2009

Hau, L.I. (2009) The burden of good fortune in Diodorus of Sicily: a case for originality? Historia, 58(2), pp. 171-197.

2008

Hau, L. (2008) Beyond the Battlefields: New Perspectives on Warfare and Society in the Graeco-Roman World. Cambridge Scholars. ISBN 9781847185167

Hau, L.I. (2008) The victor after the victory: a narrative set-piece in Greek historiography from Herodotus to Diodorus of Sicily. In: Bragg, E., Hau, L.I. and Macaulay-Lewis, E. (eds.) Beyond the Battlefields: New Perspectives on Warfare and Society in the Graeco-Roman World. Cambridge Scholars, pp. 121-143. ISBN 9781847185167

2006

Hau, L.I. (2006) Diodoros of Sicily (32.2 and 4) and Polybios. Classica et Mediaevalia, 57, pp. 67-102.

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Number of items: 23.

Articles

Hau, L.I. (2011) Tykhe in Polybios: narrative answers to a philosophical question. Histos, 5, pp. 183-207.

Hau, L.I. (2009) The burden of good fortune in Diodorus of Sicily: a case for originality? Historia, 58(2), pp. 171-197.

Hau, L.I. (2006) Diodoros of Sicily (32.2 and 4) and Polybios. Classica et Mediaevalia, 57, pp. 67-102.

Books

Hau, L. I. , Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. eds. (2018) Diodoros of Sicily: Historiographical Theory and Practice in the Bibliotheke. Series: Studia Hellenistica, 58. Peeters: Leuven. ISBN 9789042934986

Hau, L. I. (2018) Græske Historikere. Klassikerforeningens Kildehæfter: Thisted. ISBN 9788789504605

Hau, L. I. (2016) Moral History from Herodotus to Diodorus Siculus. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9781474411073

Hau, L. (2008) Beyond the Battlefields: New Perspectives on Warfare and Society in the Graeco-Roman World. Cambridge Scholars. ISBN 9781847185167

Book Sections

Hau, L. (2020) Tragedies of war in Duris and Phylarchus: social memory and experiential history. In: Klooster, J. and Kuin, I. N. I. (eds.) After the Crisis: Remembrance, Re-anchoring and Recovery in Ancient Greece and Rome. Bloomsbury Academic, pp. 49-64. ISBN 9781350128552 (In Press)

Hau, L. (2019) Pathos with a point: reflections on 'sensationalist' narratives of violence in Hellenistic historiography in the light of twenty-first-century historiography. In: Grethlein, J., Huitink, L. and Tagliabue, A. (eds.) Experience, Narrative, and Criticism in Ancient Greece: Under the Spell of Stories. Series: Cognitive classics. Oxford University Press, pp. 81-103. ISBN 9780198848295 (In Press)

Hau, L. (2019) Diodorus’ use of Agatharchides’ description of Africa. In: Coltelloni-Trannoy, M. and Morlet, S. (eds.) Histoire et Géographie Chez les Auteurs Grecs du lie Siecle Avant J.-C. au Vie Siecle Après J.-C. Boccard: Paris, pp. 27-42. ISBN 9782701805351

Hau, L. I. (2018) Tragic history. In: Whitmarsh, T. (ed.) Oxford Classical Dictionary. Oxford University Press. (doi:10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.8228)

Hau, L. I. (2018) 'One might rightly wonder' - marvelling in Polybios Histories. In: Gerolemou, M. (ed.) Recognizing Miracles in Antiquity and Beyond. Series: Trends in classics supplementary volumes (53). De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 63-84. ISBN 9783110530469 (doi:10.1515/9783110563559-006)

Hau, L. , Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. (2018) Introduction. In: Hau, L.I., Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. (eds.) Diodoros of Sicily: Historiographical Theory and Practice in the Bibliotheke. Series: Studia Hellenistica (58). Peeters: Leuven, pp. 3-12. ISBN 9789042934986

Hau, L. I. (2018) Being, seeming and performing in Polybius. In: Miltsios, N. and Tamiolaki, M. (eds.) Polybius and His Legacy. Series: Trends in classics - supplementary volumes (60). De Gruyter: Berlin, pp. 103-113. ISBN 9783110584844 (doi:10.1515/9783110584844-00 7)

Hau, L. I. (2018) Narrator and narratorial persona in Diodoros' Bibliotheke (and their implications for the tradition of Greek historiography). In: Hau, L.I., Meeus, A. and Sheridan, B. (eds.) Diodoros of Sicily: Historiographical Theory and Practice in the Bibliotheke. Series: Studia Hellenistica (58). Peeters: Leuven, pp. 277-302. ISBN 9789042934986

Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. I. (2016) Introduction. In: Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. (eds.) Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past. Series: Routledge studies in ancient history. Routledge: London and New York, pp. 1-12. ISBN 9781138839403

Hau, L. I. (2016) Truth and moralising: the twin aims of the Hellenistic historiographers. In: Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. (eds.) Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past. Series: Routledge studies in ancient history. Routledge: London, pp. 226-249. ISBN 9781138839403

Hau, L. I. (2014) Stock Situations, Topoi, and the Greekness of Greek Historiography. In: Cairns, D. and Scodel, R. (eds.) Defining Greek Narrative. Series: Edinburgh Leventis Studies. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748680108

Hau, L. (2013) Does pride go before a fall? Xenophon on arrogant pride. In: Hobden, F. and Tuplin, C. (eds.) Xenophon: Ethical Principles and Historical Enquiry. Series: Mnemosyne: supplements: history and archaeology of classical antiquity (348). Brill: Leiden, The Netherlands, pp. 591-610. ISBN 9789004224377

Hau, L. (2013) The shadow of what might have been: sideshadowing in Thucydides and Xenophon. In: Powell, A. (ed.) Hindsight in Greek and Roman History. Classical Press of Wales. ISBN 9781905125586

Hau, L. I. (2013) Nothing to celebrate? The lack or disparagement of victory celebrations in the Greek historians. In: Spalinger, A. and Armstrong, J. (eds.) Rituals of Triumph in the Mediterranean World. Series: Culture & History of the Ancient Near East (63). Brill: Leiden, pp. 57-74. ISBN 9789004251007

Hau, L.I. (2008) The victor after the victory: a narrative set-piece in Greek historiography from Herodotus to Diodorus of Sicily. In: Bragg, E., Hau, L.I. and Macaulay-Lewis, E. (eds.) Beyond the Battlefields: New Perspectives on Warfare and Society in the Graeco-Roman World. Cambridge Scholars, pp. 121-143. ISBN 9781847185167

Edited Books

Ruffell, I. and Hau, L. I. (Eds.) (2016) Truth and History in the Ancient World: Pluralising the Past. Series: Routledge studies in ancient history. Routledge: London and New York. ISBN 9781138839403

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Grants

  • 2011: Conference organisation grant from the University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund for the organisation of the conference ‘Diodorus Siculus: shared myths, world community, and universal history'.
  • 2015: Teaching Innovation grant from the University of Glasgow Chancellor's Fund for setting up online summer courses in Greek and Latin.'
  • Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellowship, held at the University of Heidelberg 2017-18.

Supervision

I am happy to supervise all projects concerned with historiography. I am also open for projects on other text genres if they are concerned with moral concepts, didacticism, or narratology, as well as for more historically focused projects on the Classical and Hellenistic periods. I am currently supervising a PhD on the philosophical foundations for the concept of universal history and MRes on combat trauma in Roman poetry.

I have supervised undergraduate dissertations on various ancient historiographers, both Greek and Roman, as well as on, among other topics, the Roman conquest of Greece, the use of Alexander the Great by Roman Republican statesmen, the concept of hybris is tragedy and historiography, and the development of the Greek perfect aspect from Classical to Hellenistic times.


Teaching

I am Postgraduate Convener for Classics and convene both the MLitt in Classics and the MLitt in Ancient Cultures, which is a collaboration between Classics, Archaeology, Egyptology, Celtic, and Theology. I teach postgraduate courses on Thucydides and on Greek political thought.

At Honours level, I teach two Greek courses: ‘Greek Historiography’ and ‘Greek Oratory’.  In addition, I teach four Classical Civilisation courses: ‘The Invention of History’, ‘Athenian Democracy: Model or Mob-rule?’, ‘Myths, Fictions, and Histories of Alexander the Great’, and ‘Homer and his Readers’ (this last course is co-taught with Prof. Matthew Fox).

At pre-Honours level, I convene Classical Civilisation 2A 'The Civic Discourse of Classical Athens'. I lecture on both Classical Civilisation 1A ‘Greece from Troy to Plataea’ (lecturing on Herodotus, Greek warfare, Sparta, and early Athenian democracy) and Classical Civilisation 2A ‘The Civic Discourse of Classical Athens’ (lecturing on Thucydides, Athenian democracy, and the Peloponnesian War).  I also teach regularly on Greek 2A and 2B (intermediate Greek) and occasionally on Latin 2A and 2B (intermediate Latin).