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Born and raised in Belgium, Dr Jelle Stoop studied Classics and Ancient History at universities in the U.K. and in the U.S.A. He taught Greek and Roman history at the University of California, Berkeley for a year, before joining the University of Sydney.
People, and the variety of ways they go about organizing their lives, fundamentally fascinate Jelle. He studies those who inhabited the Greek world, when it was at its most expansive, but also when its waning pretensions of imperialism gave way to an encroaching influx of Roman émigrés, roughly between 400 BCE and 200 CE. Within this context, he asks why certain attitudes, habits, and institutions of the Greek city-state continued seemingly unabated, while others died out. And in doing so, he reflects anthropologically on the peculiarities of ancient evidence, especially art and epigraphy.