Scott Lawin Arcenas

Scott Lawin Arcenas

Assistant Professor

Political, economic, and social history of the ancient Mediterranean; digital history; ancient historiography; numismatics; political theory; Greek and Latin literature; global history of the premodern world

Scott Lawin Arcenas is an ancient historian who specializes in Greek political and economic history c. 600-300 BCE. His book project examines the nature, frequency, and intensity of political violence in the c. 1,100 city-states inhabited by the ancient Greeks. It also introduces new methods and new tools to overcome three of the most significant obstacles that face attempts to study Greek history on a panhellenic scale: the scarcity, ambiguity, and deep biases of the evidentiary record. 

Professor Arcenas is also working on a variety of other research projects: an examination, based on a multi-year die study, of Flavian minting practices (with Dr. George Watson; Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main); a discussion of Roman maritime transportation, based on his contributions to ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World; and a digital platform for publication and review of ancient historical data. 

Professor Arcenas received an A.B. from Princeton University, an M.Phil. from the University of Cambridge, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Before arriving at Mason, he taught at Dartmouth College. He teaches courses on Greek history, Roman history, and the history of the premodern Mediterranean.

Education

PhD, Classics, Stanford University, 2018

MPhil, Classics, University of Cambridge, 2011

AB, Classics, Princeton University, 2009