David Pritchard is a historian of ancient democratic Athens and Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland. He has held research fellowships at Macquarie University, the University of Copenhagen and the University of Sydney. In 2013 Dr Pritchard was the Charles Gordon Mackay Lecturer in Greek at the University of Edinburgh. This year Dr Pritchard was Research Fellow in Durham University’s Institute of Advanced Study. In 2016 he will be Research Fellow in the University of Strasbourg’s Institute of Advanced Study and Margo Tytus Visiting Fellow at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr Pritchard’s research has significantly advanced knowledge of the politics, wars and festivals of ancient democratic Athens. He has deepened understanding of how these three major public activities impacted on each other, conducting the first systematic studies of how the Athenians conceived of their armed forces and how much money they spent on them. He investigated how the conception of sport and war with a common set of concepts impacted on the public standing of both activities. He has published the most detailed analysis of the participation of Athenian citizens in their festivals. Dr Pritchard has shown how their military and cultural innovations were direct products of their democracy.
Dr Pritchard has authored Sport, Democracy and War in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2013) and Public Spending and Democracy in Classical Athens (University of Texas Press: 2015), edited War, Democracy and Culture in Classical Athens (Cambridge University Press: 2010), and co-edited Sport and Festival in the Ancient Greek World (Classical Press of Wales: 2003). Dr Pritchard is now completing a cultural history of the armed forces of imperial Athens for Cambridge University Press.