I am a Teaching Fellow in Ancient History in the School of Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Leicester, and a Research Associate at the Institute of Classical Studies. My research focuses on the mediation between civic and personal religion in archaic and classical Greece


  • PhD (2015) in Classics at King’s College London
  • MA (2011) in Classics at Monash University. Awarded with High Distinction
  • BA(Hons) (2008) in Classics at Monash University. Awarded with First Class Honours

Other Publications

Books Hades (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World). Currently under contract at Routledge. Final manuscript delivery November 2017 (c. 70,000 words) Death and Reciprocity: Underworld Gods in Ancient Greek Religion, (single-authored monograph) currently under review. Aimed manuscript delivery June 2019 (c. 75,000 words)  Refereed Articles Mackin, E. 2017. ‘Girls Playing Persephone (in Marriage and Death)’, Mnemosyne Advance Articles: 1-20. Mackin, E. 2013. ‘Doom and Sorrow: Achilleus’ Physical Expression of Mourning in the Iliad’, Rosetta 13: 111-121 Chapter in Edited Collection Mackin, E. 2015. ‘Dialogo con… Ellie Mackin: Fenoglio, S. “Lingua umana, lingua divinia: διώνυμα omerici.”’ Ricerche a confronto: Dialoghi di antichità classiche e del vicino oriente (Montorso Vincentino: Edizioni Saecula), 37-41 In Preparation Belief, Behaviour, Belonging: Assessing Embedded Religion in Ancient Greece, (single-authored monograph) book proposal to be submitted in August 2017 (c. 90,000 words) ‘Reading the Panathenaia: Body and Experience from the Parthenon Frieze to Athena’s Peplos’,  article to be submitted July 2017  (c. 8,500 words) ‘Living with the Smell of Sacred Blood: Young Girls and Athena in Classical Greece’, article to be submitted July 2017  (c. 6,000 words) That Other Crowd. Nethergods in the Ancient Greek Mythical Imagination, edited collection proposal with M. Paprocki and G. Vos, to be submitted October 2017. (c. 90,000 words)  Other Publications Mackin, E. 2017 ‘Dehierarchising the HE Classroom: An Experiment’, British Naval History: http://www.britishnavalhistory.com/dehierarchising-‌classroom-experiment/ Mackin, E. 2017. ‘How I Fail’, How I Fail series, Veronika Cheplygina (ed):  http://www.veronikach.com/how-i-fail/fail-ellie-mackin-phd15-classics/ Mackin, E. 2016. ‘Gaining HEA Fellowship through teaching recognition,’ Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 45: http://cucd.blogs.sas.ac.uk/files/2015/01/Gaining-HEA-Fellowship-through-teaching-recognition.pdf  


Death and Reciprocity: Underworld Gods in Ancient Greek Religion annotated table of contents: http://www.elliemackin.net/death-and-reciprocity.html Hades table of contents: http://www.elliemackin.net/blog/publication-news-hades-book Belief, Behaviour, and Belonging: Assessing ‘Embedded’ Religion in Ancient Greece Ancient Greek religion is often described as ‘embedded’, where religion is deeply linked with social, political, and cultural spheres of the city. But how does ‘embeddedness’ influence the way that religion was practiced by the ancient Greeks? Current scholarship tends to focus either on individual religion or on public and institutional religion. This project looks holistically at the public and personal, and the interplay between them, to assess embeddedness. I will use materialist theory, which examines how religion is experienced by its practitioners, and social-network theory, ensuring the influence of both the individual and the city is accounted for. More information: http://www.elliemackin.net/bbb.html

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

September 6, 2017: ‘Imagined differences? Nethergods and Olympians in Comparison’, That Other Crowd. Nethergods in the Ancient Greek Mythical Imagination. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität


  • Society for Classical Studies
  • Classical Association
  • Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
  • Association of Ancient Historians
  • Women’s Classical Committee (UK)
  • Women’s Classical Caucus (USA)

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