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Dr Theodora Jim

Academic Fellow

Theodora Jim

Lancaster University

Bowland College



Tel: +44 1524 592507

Research overview

Theodora Jim is an ancient historian working on the religion and culture of Ancient Greece. Actively engaged in anthropological approaches and questions of religious psychology, she studies Greek Religion in comparative and interdisciplinary contexts; in particular, she is interested in how the Greeks’ religious behaviour was shaped by their beliefs and religious presuppositions. Her current project investigates the concept of ‘salvation’ and compares the Greek concept to that in Christianity and Chinese religions.

Research Interests

Greek religion

Greek history

Greek society and culture

Comparative religions


Current Research

'Salvation' and 'Saving' Gods in Ancient Greece

What did 'salvation' (soteria) mean to the Greeks, and how did they experience it? My new project is on the cults of ‘saving’ gods with the epithets Soter/Soteira (‘saviour’), and the underlying idea of soteria (‘salvation’, ‘deliverance’, ‘preservation’) in ancient Greece.

Sharing with the Gods: Aparchai and Dekatai in Ancient GreeceWhy did the Greeks present 'first-fruits' and 'tithes' to the gods, and whatdid their behaviour tell us about their religious world-views and presuppositions? This project examines a ubiquitous yet little studied aspect of ancient Greek religion, the offering of so-called ‘first-fruits’ (aparchai) and ‘tithes’ (dekatai), form the Archaic period to the Hellenistic.



Current Teaching

HIST 206  The Greek World c. 800-404 B.C.: from Homer to the end of the Peloponnesian War

HIST 207 The Greek World c. 403 – 31 B.C.: from the end of the Peloponnesian War to the Coming of Rome

HIST 315 Greek Culture, Religion and Society from Pericles to the Successors of Alexander


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