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Jon E. Lendon
Professor of History
The University of Virginia

Song of Wrath
The Peloponnesian War Begins

Basic Books, November 2010

Soldiers and Ghosts:
The Evolution of Battle in Classical Antiquity

Yale University Press, 2005
History Today Book of The Year Runner-Up

Empire of Honour:
The Art of Government in the Roman World

Oxford University Press, 1997

Jon Lendon earned a BA and Ph.D from Yale University, and is currently Professor of History at the University of Virginia. At Yale he was trained to work ambidextrously in Greek and Roman History by the Greek historian and leading public intellectual Donald Kagan (On the Origins of War and the Preservation of Peace [Anchor, 1996]) and the distinguished Roman historian Ramsay MacMullen.

As an undergraduate in Yale College, he won prizes both for the highest academic standing in the humanities and the best senior thesis; as a graduate student he won the prize for the best dissertation. He has been a John M. Olin Fellow in History, a Junior Fellow, Center for Hellenic Studies (Harvard University), and held Humboldt and Henkel Fellowships at Heidelberg. In 2002 he received the UVA All-University Outstanding Teaching Award. Author of many articles and reviews on Greek and Roman History, he has given over eighty scholarly papers in the US and internationally.

A Canadian citizen, Lendon was born in Lebanon and grew up in Japan: his Japanese upbringing has made him especially sensitive to issues of status, manners, and honor in history, an awareness that strongly influenced Song of Wrath. From the same upbringing comes his sense of the weight of the past upon traditional societies, which is the inspiration for his Soldiers and Ghosts.


  • 1991 Ph.D. Yale University, History.
  • 1986 B.A. Yale University, History and Classical Civilization, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with distinction in both majors.

Awards and Honors

  • 2009-10 Research Fellowship, Gerda Henkel Stiftung
  • 2008 Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant
  • 2008 Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • 2008 Directeur d'Études invité, École des hautes études en sciences sociales, Paris
  • 2006 History Today Prize for Book of the Year 2006: Runner-up, for Soldiers and Ghosts.
  • 2004-5 Research Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
  • 2002 UVA All-University Outstanding Teaching Award.
  • 1999-2000 Junior Fellowship, Center for Hellenic Studies.
  • 1992-93 John M. Olin Faculty Fellow in History.
  • 1991 John Addison Porter Prize (best dissertation in the humanities in Yale University).
  • 1987-90 Doctoral Fellowships of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
  • 1986 Honorary Mellon Fellow in the Humanities.
  • 1986 Warren Memorial High Scholarship Prize (highest academic standing in the humanities in Yale College).
  • 1986 Wrexham Prize (best senior thesis in the humanities in Yale College).


  • 2006- The University of Virginia, Professor.
  • 1998-2006 The University of Virginia, Associate Professor.
  • 1995-99 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Associate Professor.
  • 1991-95 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Assistant Professor.
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