Hamish began his study of the ancient world in Christchurch, continued it in Los Angeles, road-tripped with it to Maine via the Midwest, and has now returned with it to Wellington. Thematically, he studies movement, borderlands, networks, geography and imperialism. Geographically, he explores the Eastern Mediterranean, Southwest Asia/the Near East and Rome. Chronologically, he investigates the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Philologically, he enjoys cultural allusions and tricola. No, tetracola… Wait, I’ll come in again…

Hamish received his PhD in Classics from the University of Southern California in 2014 where he wrote a dissertation examining the representation of “Mesopotamia” as a borderland in Imperial Roman geographic writing of the first four centuries CE. His monograph on the subject has now been published: Making Mesopotamia: Geography and Empire in a Romano-Iranian Borderland (Brill 2019). He received his MA from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 2006 with a thesis on the arrival of Roman power in Cilicia. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology (2011) from the USC Spatial Sciences Institute. He has participated in two survey seasons in Greece and in specialist conferences on digital geography, borderlands, networks, religion, and Cilicia.

Hamish has taught classes in History and Classical Languages dealing with topics from the Bronze Age to the Information Age. He is interested in the applied methodologies of digital humanities, especially digital geography, the digital dissemination of academic information, and the pedagogy of tabletop games. He also designs boardgames and roleplaying games.


University of Southern California (PhD 2014; GIS Cert 2011).

University of Canterbury (MA 2006; BA (Hons) 2003).



Chapters and Articles


Selected Workshops, Roundtables, Seminars, Conference Papers and Professional Development Publications.


Roman Near East

  • Digital Dura

  • Caravan Cities in the Syria and Jordan Desert. (Forthcoming as an edited volume chapter)

  • Tacitus on the RNE

  • Representations of Treachery in the RNE

Historical Game Reception Pedagogy

  • Imagining Classics: Towards a Pedagogy of Gaming Reception (Forthcoming as a journal article)

  • The Painful Art of Abstraction: Representing the Ancient World in Modern Games (Forthcoming as a journal article)

Historical Game Analysis

  • “Resynchronizing Atlantis: Herodotos & conspiratorial euhemerism in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.” Film and History 2019, Madison WI, November 2019.

  • ” ‘Scuttle back to your wine you sacks of uselessness’: The Roman Army in Assassin’s Creed Origins” AIMS Conference 2020, Online, December 2020. (Forthcoming as an edited volume chapter)

Classical Geography & Literature

  • Strabo’s Stoicism

  • Pliny on Arabia

  • Suetonius fragments

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

“Escaping Hades: Playing with Classical Reception”, Reception Studies: State of the Discipline and New Directions, Online, June 2021.

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