Charlotte Dunn

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Charlotte Dunn

Lecturer in Classics
History & Classics, School of Humanities

Humanities Building , Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 6797 (phone)

Dr Charlotte Dunn is a Lecturer in Classics in the School of Humanities. Charlotte’s research areas include the Age of Alexander the Great as well as the Hellenistic Age, with a particular focus on the lives and careers of the Successors who rose to power after Alexander’s death to form empires of their own. One of the major subjects of Charlotte’s research is the colourful Demetrius ‘the Besieger’ Poliorcetes, and she co-authored the first full-length monograph on the life of this infamous Hellenistic king, Demetrius the Besieger (2020).

Her specialist interests also include the use of political imagery and propaganda in the Ancient World, the development of the Hellenistic royal dynasties and their family dynamics, historiography, medical humanities, as well as the field of numismatics.


Before joining the University of Tasmania, Charlotte studied at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand where she completed her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, in Classics, Greek and Latin. Charlotte previously held various roles as a tutor, teaching fellow, and research assistant at the University of Otago and in conjunction with the Otago Museum, Dunedin, New Zealand.

Career summary


DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDConquest, Kingship, Calamity: Demetrius Poliorcetes After IpsusUniversity of OtagoNew Zealand2017

Manipulation and Imitation: The Image of Alexander in the Propaganda of the Successors

University of OtagoNew Zealand2012
BA (Hons)Motivation and Manipulation: The Propaganda of Alexander the GreatUniversity of OtagoNew Zealand2010


Professional practice

Charlotte is a member of The Australasian Society for Classical Studies as well as a member of The Antigonid Network.

Charlotte is also an editor for the journal Ancient History Bulletin.


Greek civilisation, Roman civilisation, Classics, Ancient spectacles, Ancient Greek and Roman religion, Alexander the Great, the Diadochi (Successors of Alexander the Great), Hellenistic Age, Ancient Greek language, Latin language, Numismatics.

Teaching expertise

Charlotte has experience in teaching both face-to-face and online learning undergraduate units, and has experience in developing teaching materials in Classics that enable students to work closely with material evidence in new and innovative ways.

Teaching responsibility

  • HTC103  Ancient Civilisations 1A: Introduction to Ancient Greece
  • HTC104  Ancient Civilisations 1B: Introduction to Ancient Rome
  • HTC340 Spectacle & Society in Ancient Rome
  • HTC341 Religions of Ancient Greece & Rome

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  • The Age of Alexander the Great
  • The Age of the Successors
  • Demetrius Poliorcetes
  • Hellenistic dynasties, marriages, family dynamics
  • Hellenistic politics, political imagery, behaviour
  • Numismatics, especially the coinage of Alexander the Great and the Successors

Research Themes

Charlotte’s research aligns to the University’s research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research delves into the lives and careers of the Successors of Alexander the Great during the Hellenistic age, their rise to power, and how these self-proclaimed kings were able to convince their followers of their royalty. The use of propaganda by these individuals, and the way in which they asserted a carefully managed political image as a means to maintain control forms a large part of this research. Charlotte also works in the field of numismatics, particularly the way coins have been used to send important messages about their issuing authorities, and how we can use this information to understand the intentions of the Hellenistic kings as well as those with aspirations to power.


Charlotte is currently collaborating with an international colleague at the University of Otago,  Dr Katherine Hall from the department of General Practice and Rural Health, on a medical humanities topic as it pertains to Demetrius the Besieger.

Charlotte has also worked with Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre and Dr William Richardson at the University of Otago in conjunction with the Otago Museum in order to digitise the Museum’s collection of Roman coinage, and to develop content and teaching strategy to enable students to work with material evidence in the classroom. The outcome of this project is to be published in 2020.

Fields of Research

  • Classical Greek and Roman history (430305)
  • Education assessment and evaluation (390402)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Expanding knowledge in education (280109)
  • Religion and society (130501)


Charlotte has co-authored the monograph Demetrius the Besieger with her collaborator Associate Professor Pat Wheatley of the University of Otago. This work was published with Oxford University Press in April 2020, and represents the first English language publication on this infamous Hellenistic king.

Charlotte has contributed articles and chapters on topics related to Demetrius Poliorcetes, the Successors of Alexander the Great, numismatics, and has forthcoming work on teaching and learning strategies in relation to using ancient material evidence in the classroom, to be published in 2020.


  • Wheatley, P. & C. Dunn. 2020. Demetrius the Besieger. Oxford University Press.


  • Koulakiotis, E. & C. Dunn (eds). 2019. Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World: Discourse, Practices and Images. Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


  • Wheatley, P. & C. Dunn. Forthcoming 2021. ‘Coinage of Alexander and his Successors.’ In E. J. Baynham and J. Walsh (eds.), Alexander the Great and Propaganda. London and New York.


  • Roisman, J. 2017. The Classical Art of Command: Eight Greek Generals Who Shaped the History of Warfare. Oxford University Press. (The Ancient History Bulletin, Online Reviews, vol. 7, 2017).

Other output:

  • Contributed entries for Conflict in Ancient Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Social, and Military Encyclopedia (3 Vols.). Eds. Phang, Spence, Kelly, & Londey. Santa Barbara. 2016.

Total publications


Journal Article

(2 outputs)
2020McIntyre G, Dunn C, Richardson WP, 'Coins in the classroom - teaching group work with Roman coins', Journal of Classics Teaching, 21, (42) pp. 14-18. ISSN 1741-7627 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S2058631020000410 [eCite] [Details]


2018Dunn C, 'Messene besieged: A note on two (?) engagements in the Peloponnese', Acta Classica, 61, (1) pp. 190-200. ISSN 0065-1141 (2018) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.15731/AClass.061.09 [eCite] [Details]



(2 outputs)
2020Wheatley P, Dunn C, 'Demetrius the Besieger', Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 510. ISBN 9780198836049 (2020) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198836049.001.0001 [eCite] [Details]


2019Koulakiotis E, Dunn C, 'Political Religions in the Greco-Roman World: Discourse, Practices and Images', Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 330. ISBN 9781527532410 (2019) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2021Wheatley P, Dunn C, 'Coinage as Propaganda: Alexander and His Successors', Alexander the Great and Propaganda, Routledge, J Walsh and E Baynham (ed), UK, pp. 162-198. ISBN 9781315114408 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]

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Other Public Output

(4 outputs)
2021Dunn C, 'Interview: On Demetrius I Poliorcetes', The Hellenistic Age Podcast, Apple Podcasts, USA, March (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Dunn C, 'Greece After King Alexander III of Macedon's Life', The Ithaca Bound Podcast, 25 August (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Dunn C, 'Rise of the Ptolemys', The Ithaca Bound Podcast, 3 August (2021) [Media Interview]

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2021Dunn C, 'Succession After Alexander III's Life', The Ithaca Bound Podcast, 26 July (2021) [Media Interview]

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