• Ph.D. Department of Classics, University of Chicago, 1997-2002
  • M.A. Department of Classics, University of Toronto, 1990-1993
  • B.A. summa cum laude Departments of Classics and History, University of Toronto, 1986-1989

Research Interests

Greek historiography, Greek Social History, Attic Comedy, Homeric Epic, Ancient Warfare, Classical Reception

Current Research Interests

Battle Narrative in Greek Historiography, Relation between Attic Comedy and Attic Historiography

Current Research Projects

Commentary on Book Four of Thucydides. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming in 2019.

Historiography and War: The Battle Narratives of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon. A monograph length analysis of the form and function of the battle narratives, of the relation between the historians (and Homer) in this regard, and especially of how the battle narratives respond to their contemporary reading audiences.

Selected Recent Publications


  • The Oxford Handbook of Thucydides, co-editor with Ryan Balot (University of Toronto) and Sara Forsdyke (University of Michigan). Oxford University Press. February, 2017.
  • Kinesis: Essays for Donald Lateiner on the Ancient Depiction of Gesture, Motion, and Emotion. Edited volume, co-edited with Christina Clark (Creighton University) and Judith Hallett (University of Maryland). University of Michigan Press, 2015.
  • Thucydides and Herodotus. Edited volume, co-edited with Donald Lateiner. Oxford University Press, May 2012.
  • Thucydides, Pericles, and Periclean Imperialism. Monograph. Cambridge University Press, Hardback, July, 2010. Paperback edition, October, 2013.


  • “Campaign and Battle Narratives in Thucydides” in the Oxford Handbook of Thucydides, Sara Forsdyke, Edith Foster, and Ryan Balot, eds. Oxford University Press, February, 2017.
  • “Military Defeat in Fifth Century Athens: Thucydides and his Audience” in War Losses in the Ancient World. Jessica Clark and Brian Turner, eds. Brill (Leiden), forthcoming 2017.
  • “Rule of the Sea and Empires of the Air: Pericles’ Speeches in Thucydides and Early Descriptions of Air Power” in Thalassokratographie: Rezeption und Transformation antiker Seeherrschaft (in the series Transformationen der Antique) Hans Kopp and Christian Wendt, eds., de Gruyter, forthcoming 2017.
  • “Aristophanes’ Cleon and Post-Peloponnesian War Athenians: Denunciations in Thucydides.” In Clio and Thalia, HISTOS Supplement 6, Emily Baragwanath and Edith Foster, eds. Forthcoming 2017.


Edith Foster is a lecturer at the University of Queensland. She works on ancient Greek prose writers, primarily historiography. She published a monograph called Thucydides, Pericles, and Periclean Imperialism with Cambridge University Press in 2010, and co-edited a volume on Thucydides and Herodotus, published with Oxford University Press in 2012. Another edited volume, Kinesis: Essays for Donald Lateiner on the Ancient Depiction of Gesture, Motion, and Emotion appeared with the University of Michigan Press in 2015. She is also a co-editor of The Oxford Handbook of Thucydides (2017). She is presently working on a rhetorical study of the battle narratives of Herodotus, Thucydides, and Xenophon and is preparing a commentary on book four of Thucydides for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series.