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Dr Theodora Jim

Formerly at Lancaster University

PhD supervision

I would welcome enquiry from students interested in Ancient Greek history, and especially in Greek religion, society and culture.

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.



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.

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

HIST 300 Dissertations

I am currently teaching 'The Greek World c. 800-404 B.C.' (HIST 206) and 'The Greek World C. 403-31 B.C.' (HIST 207). I lecture on the first-year course 'From Ancient to Modern' (HIST 100) and offer a 'Dates' module on 403 B.C. (the fall of the Athenian Empire at the end of the Peloponnesian War) as part of this module. At the MA level I co-teach 'Belief and Unbelief' (HIST 427) and I contribute to 'How Historians understand and explain' (HIST 420).  I surpervise dissertations on any areas of ancient Greek history, religion and culture (HIST 300).


External Roles

I am Lancaster's Classics representative in the AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership (NWCDTP) Classics and Ancient History Pathway. I am also the Lancaster representative in the Council of University Classical Departments (CUCD). I am a member of the British School of Athens (BSA), and the British Epigraphy Society (BES).

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