Chrubasik, Boris

Assistant ProfessorHistorical Studies - Classical Civilization

Contact Information

NE 4272
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
Office Hours: 
Fridays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm, and often Wednesdays (by appointment)
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Bio and Research

Boris Chrubasik is Assistant Professor of Greek History and Classics at the University of Toronto.

Currently, Dr. Chrubasik’s research focusses on the political and cultural history of the Eastern Mediterranean from the Achaemenid to the late Hellenistic periods. He has a particular interest in questions of social power, ranging from ideas of kingship in the Seleukid empire—the largest of the successor states that emerged after the death of Alexander the Great—to the relationship between local power-holders and larger empires. He also works on questions of cross-cultural exchange between Greek and non-Greek communities in the regions of southern Asia Minor and the Levant.

In the Classical Civilization program in the Department of Historical Studies he teaches a wide range of Greek history courses ranging from the second millennium to the first century of our era. Current course offerings include: Introduction to Greek history (CLA230H5); Early Greece (CLA360H5); Classical Greece (CLA361H5); The Hellenistic Period (CLA362H5), and The Persian Empire (CLA390H5). He also enjoys supervising undergraduate students through Independent Reading Courses and the Research Opportunity Program (ROP).

Dr. Chrubasik also teaches and supervises graduate students at the Department of Classics at the university’s St George Campus. His most recent course offerings there included Greek Epigraphy, and Hellenistic Jewish history through Josephus’ Antiquities. He would be delighted to hear from potential graduate students interested in working with him.

Originally from Germany, he took two degrees in Greek history at the University of Oxford (MSt, DPhil). After his graduation he taught for a year at Oxford and was a research fellow at the University of Exeter (UK) before he joined the University of Toronto in 2013. He is co-appointed between Historical Studies and Classics.

Specialization: Greek History

Current Courses: 


  • CLA101H5: Introduction to Classical Civilization
  • CLA237H5: Introduction to Greek Culture & Society
  • CLA362H5: Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World


  • CLA390H5 : Topics in Greek History & Culture: Tyrants, Queens and Kings in the Greek World

List of Publications

Monographs and edited collections:


In progress:

  • ‘Sanctuaries, Priest-Dynasts and the Seleucid Empire’, in Honigman, Sylvie, and Oded Lipschitz (eds). Judea in the Third Century, Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.
  • ‘Succession Seleukid Style’, in: Gotter, Ulrich, Steffen Dieffenbach and Wolfgang Havener (eds.), The Arts of Succession, Studies in Ancient Monarchies 3, Stuttgart: Steiner (submitted to the editors).

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