Chrubasik, Boris

Associate ProfessorHistorical Studies - Classical Civilization

Contact Information

MN 4272
Mailing Address: 
3359 Mississauga Road, Maanjiwe nendamowinan, 4th floor
Postal Code: 
L5L 1C6
Office Hours: 
Mon. 11:30-12:30pm, Fri. 1:30-2:30 pm, and by appointment
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Bio and Research

Boris Chrubasik is Associate 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 and is actively wondering whether one can write a true social history of the people in the Hellenistic Near East.

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 second century of our era. Recent 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 tri-campus graduate Department of Classics. His most recent course offerings there included Introduction to Greek Epigraphy, Hellenistic Jewish history through Josephus’ Antiquities, and Cities, Imperialism and Historical Approaches: 500 BCE - 300 CE. 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
  • CLA230H5: Introduction to Greek History
  • CLA360H5: Early Greece

List of Publications

Monographs and edited collections:


In progress:

  • ‘Sanctuaries, Priest-Dynasts and the Seleucid Empire’, in Honigman, Sylvie, Oded Lipschitz and Christophe Nihan (eds). Times of Transition: Judea in the Early Hellenistic Period, 'Mosaics: Studies in Ancient Israel', Eisenbrauns (in press).
  • 'Power and Politics', in Dignas, Beate (ed). A Cultural History of Memory in Antiquity (800BC-AD 500), London: Bloomsbury (submitted to the editor)
  • ‘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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