Nikolaus Overtoom

Nikolaus OvertoomInstructor

Academic Interests

  • Ancient Greek and Roman History
  • Ancient International Relations
  • Ancient Warfare and Geopolitics
  • Ancient Imperial Propaganda
  • Ancient Cultural Exchange, Parthian Studies
  • Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age
  • Late Antiquity Dissertation: Challenging Roman Domination: The End of Hellenistic Rule and the Rise of the Parthian State from the Third to the First Centuries BCE (Currently under revision as a manuscript) 

Top Scholarly Accomplishments

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  • (Forthcoming 2017) “The Parthian Rival and Rome’s Failure in the East: Roman Propaganda and the Stain of Crassus.” Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae.
  • (Forthcoming 2016) “The Rivalry of Rome and Parthia in the Sources from the Augustan Age to Late Antiquity.” Anabasis, Studia Classica et Orientalia. 2016
  • “The Power-Transition Crisis of the 240s BCE and the Creation of the  Parthian State.” The International History Review. 2013
  • "Six Polybian Themes Concerning Alexander the Great.” Classical World 106 no. 4: 571-593. 2012
  • “A Roman Tradition of Alexander the Great Counterfactual History.” Acta Antiqua Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae 52 no. 3: 203-212.

Book Contributions

  • 2016 Conflict in Greece and Rome: The Definitive Political, Social, and Military Encyclopedia, ed. Sara Phang, Douglas Kelly, Peter Londey, and Iain Spence, ABC-CLIO. *Nine article entries.

Book Reviews

Book Reviews for H-Net and H-War:

  • 2015 James Evans. Daily Life in the Hellenistic Age. Norman. 2012.
  • 2015 Hans van Wees. Ships and Silver, Taxes and Tribute. London. 2013.
  • 2015 J. Yardley and Anthony Barrett trans. Velleius Paterculus’ Historia Romana. Indianapolis. 2011.
  • 2014 Marguerite Johnson. Boudicca. London. 2012.
  • 2014 Jacqueline de Romilly. The Mind of Thucydides. Ithaca. 2012.
  • 2014 Paul Cartledge. After Thermopylae. Oxford. 2013.
  • 2013 Elizabeth Carney. Arsinoë of Egypt and Macedon. Oxford 2013.
  • 2013 Clifford Ando. Imperial Rome AD 193 to 284. Edinburgh. 2012.

Major Fellowships/Awards

  • 2015–2016 The Louisiana State University Graduate School Dissertation Year Fellowship Award 
  • 2015, 2016 The Association of Ancient Historians Subvention Grant-in-Aid Award, two-time recipient
  • 2012 The Scott R. Jacobs Fellowship Grant for the Advancement of Alexander Studies in North America, Association of Ancient Historians  

Presented papers at 20 conferences between 2008–2016.

Previous Experience


  • Ph.D. Louisiana State University — Ancient Mediterranean and Middle Eastern History, 2016; Minor Fields: Graeco-Roman Art and Architecture; Renaissance Studies
  • M.A. University of Maryland, College Park — Ancient Mediterranean History, 2011
  • B.A. University of North Texas — History, Classical Studies Minor, 2008 

Professional Appointments

2016–2017  Instructor of Ancient History Department of History, Missouri State University

Teaching Experience

  • Fall 2016 — History of Ancient Egypt: Society, Religion, and Politics during the Pharaonic, Hellenistic, and Roman Periods; World History to 1600 CE; 2 Sections (Missouri State University)
  • Spring 2015 — The Early Roman Empire: Society, Religion, and Politics (Louisiana State University); World Civilization to 1500 CE (Baton Rouge Community College)
  • Fall 2014 — Ancient Warfare: The Impact of Policy, Strategy, and Tactics on Ancient Societies from Homeric Greece to Late Antiquity (Louisiana State University); World Civilization to 1500 CE (Baton Rouge Community College)
  • Summer 2014 — Western Civilization to 1500 CE (Louisiana State University)
  • Fall 2011–Spring 2014 — Western Civilization to 1500 CE; 6 sections (Louisiana State University, Teaching Assistant)


Plano, TX


  • Travel
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Painting
  • Coin Collecting

Future Goals and Aspirations

Publication of my first book. 

Life Outside the University

I live in Springfield with my lovely wife, Stacey, and our two dogs, Beowulf and Tarquin. 

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