Jonathan PRAG

Jonathan PRAG

Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Merton College, Oxford
Associate Professor in Ancient History, Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford

Jonathan Prag is Associate Professor of Roman History at the University of Oxford (since 2005); prior to that he was a lecturer at the University of Leicester (2003-2005). He currently directs the I.Sicily project, a comprehensive digital corpus of the epigraphy of ancient Sicily (, and has recently taken on the editorship of IG XIV.12 (Sicily). He has edited volumes on Cicero’s Verrines (2007), Petronius’ Satyrica (2009), and The Hellenistic West (Cambridge 2013), and is currently co-editing the Blackwell Companion to Roman Republican Political Culture. His PhD (London, 2004) was on Hellenistic/Roman Sicily, and his research has steadily expanded outward from that point to embrace Sicilian, Roman and Hellenistic epigraphy, Roman imperialism, Punic studies, Cicero, and Roman Republican history in general. He co-directs (with Dr Josephine Crawley Quinn) the Oxford Centre for Phoenician and Punic Studies, is a member of the Symmachia project of the Occidens group, is a Chercheur associé of the French CNRS-funded ANHIMA group (working on a commentary on Cicero’s Verrines), is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Roman Studies, and is a member of the Faculty of the British School at Rome.


Selected publications:


J.R.W. Prag and J. C. Quinn, J.C., eds. (2013). The Hellenistic West: Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.



J.R.W. Prag (2014) “Cities and civic life in late Hellenistic Roman Sicily (with an appendix on Cicero, In Verrem 3.12-13 and the status of cities in Sicily after 210 BC)”, Cahiers du Centre Gustave Glotz 25, 165-208.

J.R.W. Prag (2014), “Bronze rostra from the Egadi Islands off NW Sicily: the Latin inscriptions”, Journal of Roman Archaeology 27, 33-59.

J.R.W. Prag (2013), “Epigraphy in the western Mediterranean: a Hellenistic phenomenon?”, in J.R.W. Prag and J.C. Quinn (eds.), The Hellenistic West: Rethinking the Ancient Mediterranean. Cambridge, 320-347.

J.R.W. Prag (2013), “Sicilian Identity in the Hellenistic and Roman Periods: Epigraphic Considerations”, in: P. Martzavou and N. Papazarkadas (eds.), Epigraphical Approaches to the Post-Classical Polis. Fourth Century BC to Second Century AD. Oxford, 37-53.

J.R.W. Prag (2006), “Il miliario di Aurelius Cotta (ILLRP 1277): una lapide in contesto”, in: Guerra e pace in Sicilia nel Mediterraneo antico (VIII-III sec. a.C.). Arte, prassi e teoria della pace e della guerra, 2 vols. Pisa, Vol. 2, pp. 733-44.

J.R.W. Prag (2002), “Epigraphy by numbers: Latin and the epigraphic culture in Sicily”, in A.E. Cooley (ed.), Becoming Roman, Writing Latin (JRA Suppl. 48); Portsmouth, RI, 15-31.