I am 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


Underworld Gods in Ancient Greek Religion:Death and Reciprocity, (single-authored monograph) under contract with Routledge. Manuscript delivery October 2018 (c. 75,000 words)

Hades (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World), under contract at Routledge. Final manuscript delivery January 2019 (c. 60,000 words)

Refereed Articles

(under review) ‘The Little Girls Who Live with Athena: Haptic Belief in Ancient Athens’ (6,186 words)

(under review) ‘Weaving for Athena: The Arrhephoroi, Panathenaia, and Mundane Acts as Religious Devotion’(8,019 words)

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

(Chapter) ‘Athena as the Patron of Weaving’, in S. Deacey (ed.) Oxford Handbook of Athena, Oxford University Press. To be submitted January 2020

(Book proposal) That Other Crowd. Nethergods in the Ancient Greek Mythical Imagination, (edited collection with M. Paprocki and G. Vos), to be submitted in October 2017. (c. 90,000 words). Collection based on conference to be held in Munich in September 2017

 Publications related to Pedagogy and Research Management

Mackin, E, K. Cook, and R. Fallas. (2017) ‘Classics and Feminist Pedagogy: Practical Tips for Teaching’, Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 46

Mackin, E, K. Cook, and R. Fallas. (2017) ‘Practical Tips for Feminist Pedagogy in Classics’, Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 46

Mackin, E. (2017) ‘Dehierarchising the HE Classroom: An Experiment’, British Naval History (online)

Mackin, E. (2016) ‘Gaining HEA Fellowship Through Teaching Recognition’, Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 45


Underworld Gods in Ancient Greek Religion: Death and Reciprocity details can be found here: 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 practised 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


  • 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)

  • British Association for the Study of Religions

  • Sociology of Religion Study Group (British Sociological Association)

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