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Adam J. Kasarda

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Email    ajkasarda@g.ucla.edu
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As an undergraduate, my interest was primarily in Greek history of the early Classical period, with the focus of much of my research being on the relationship between Athens and its Delian League allies in the period immediately following the Greco-Persian wars.  I have written on inscribed oaths from this period, specifically the oath between Athens and Khalkis on the island of Euboia, in an attempt to further understand the nature of Athenian hegemony in the Delian League.  This is something which remains a key interest of mine.

Other, broader areas of interest include the history of Greece outside of the Archaic and Classical periods (including Hellenistic, Imperial, and Byzantine Greece), archaeological insights into Greek history, and numismatics.  I have an increasing devotion to understanding the way in which societies and cultures have interacted with the natural world, not only in Greece, but in the ancient world more generally.

One of my current projects transcends my undergraduate focus on the Athenian arkhēplacing emphasis instead on the social and biological effects of the eruption of Thera (Santorini) on the Greek world and, more broadly, on the Mediterranean world at the so-called "collapse of the Bronze Age".  

Fields of Study

Archaic & Classical Greek political history;  Greek intellectual history;  environmental history


PhD., University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 2017-ongoing

B.A., Rutgers University, 2015: History & Classics, summa cum laude.