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Assoc Professor Philip De Souza

Assoc Professor

Philip De Souza

Associate Professor
School of Classics
01 716 8170
University College Dublin, School of Classics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4


I was born in 1964 in Usk, South Wales, in a 16th century house, built partly with stones robbed from a 12th century castle, on the site of a 1st century Roman legionary fortress. Perhaps it was inevitable that as an undergraduate student I read Ancient and Medieval History at Royal Holloway College, University of London. I did an MA in Classics at the same college and completed my PhD on Piracy in the Ancient World from Minos to Mohammed at University College London in 1992, where my supervisor was Tim Cornell.In 1989-90 I was Research Scholar in Ancient History at the University of Leicester. I was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Classics at St Mary's College, Strawberry Hill from 1990 until 2002, when I moved to UCD. I held a Margo Tytus Visiting Research Fellowship in Classics at the University of Cincinnati on 2006 and an IRCHSS Senior Research Fellowship in 2008-09.When I was younger (and my knees were stronger) I was keen on volleyball, playing for Egham and Leicester. I enjoy both playing and listening to music, but my main hobbies are reading (particularly Stephen Saylor, Steven Erikson and Ian C. Esslemont) and visiting archaeological sites and museums.I am Welsh, my surname is Portuguese, and my grandmothers were a Clancy and an O'Shea.


  • BA
    University of London
  • MA
    University of London
  • PhD
    University of London


  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
    Can read
  • German
    Can read, write, speak and understand
  • Italian
    Can read, speak and understand
  • Latin
    Can read
  • Spanish; Castilian
    Can read, write, speak and understand