About Us

We are a group of researchers at the University of Liverpool working on the history, archaeology and cultural heritage of the ancient city of Miletos and the surrounding regions of Ionia and Western Anatolia. One of the most important cities of the ancient world, Miletos and its territory spanned what is now western Turkey and the adjacent Greek islands and has been a bridging point between the civilisations of East and West throughout time. This blog is intended as a forum for critical discussion of our ideas and current research,  as well as news, new discoveries and reviews of relevant publications, conferences and exhibitions. We welcome contributions from anyone working on these or related subjects from different disciplines and countries worldwide.

The Milesian Tales Team

Dr Alan M. Greaves

Alan is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Liverpool. He first visited Miletos in 1990 and has been researching the site ever since, including six years excavating at the Temple of Athena. He has published a number of books and articles about Miletos and Ionia.

Alan’s Homepage

Dr John Brendan Knight

Brendan is a lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Liverpool. His research focuses on Milesian overseas settlement.

Brendan’s Homepage

Dr Debbie Challis FRHistS

Debbie is a cultural historian and Events Producer at the Portico Library in Manchester. She has worked on travel writing and the acquisition and reception of antiquities from western Turkey in Britain with a number of related publications. She is passionate about engaging the public with how the ancient past has been told in the modern world.

Debbie’s Homepage

Mr George E. Downs

George is a project researcher working on independent archaeological tourism and heritage narratives in the Aegean region of Turkey.

Mr Ethan Coulson-Haggins

Ethan is a graduate research student at the University of Liverpool and editor for Milesian Tales. His research focuses on the contemporary politicisation of the hoplite debate.

Occasional Contributors

Dan Socaciu

Dan is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool, working on Anatolian archaeology. He is also an editor and field archaeologist.

Dan’s Homepage

Charlotte Bell

Charlotte is a PhD student at the University of Liverpool, working on female identities in Iron Age and Roman Britain.

Charlotte’s Homepage


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