I am a Research Associate at the Institute of Classical Studies.

My research focuses on the mediation between civic and personal religion in archaic and classical Greece


  • PhD (2015) in Classics at King’s College London

  • MA (2011) in Classics at Monash University. Awarded with High Distinction

  • BA(Hons) (2008) in Classics at Monash University. Awarded with First Class Honours

Other Publications

Books             Mackin Roberts, E. (2020) Underworld Gods in Ancient Greek Religion: Death and Reciprocity; Routledge    

Articles           Mackin Roberts, E. (2019) ‘Weaving for Athena: The Arrhephoroi, Panathenaia, and Mundane Acts as Religious Devotion’, Journal for Hellenic Religion 12: 61-84.

                        Mackin, E. (2018) ‘Girls Playing Persephone (in Marriage and Death)’, Mnemosyne, 71.2: 209-228

                        Mackin, E. (2013) ‘Doom and Sorrow: Achilleus’ Physical Expression on Mourning in the Iliad’, Rosetta 13:111-121

In Preparation Mackin Roberts, E (2020) Women in Greek Myth; single-authored trade non-fiction); Carlton Books.

Mackin Roberts, E (under contract) Hades (Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World) (single-authored monograph); Routledge

Pedagogy       Mackin, E, K. Cook, and R. Fallas. (2017) ‘Classics and Feminist Pedagogy: Practical Tips for Teaching’, Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 46

Mackin, E, K. Cook, and R. Fallas. (2017) ‘Practical Tips for Feminist Pedagogy in Classics’, Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 46

Mackin, E. (2017) ‘Dehierarchising the HE Classroom: An Experiment’, British Naval History (online: http://www.britishnavalhistory.com/dehierarchising-classroom-experiment/


Mackin, E. (2016) ‘Gaining HEA Fellowship Through Teaching Recognition’, Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 45

Blog Posts


    Hades table of contents: http://www.elliemackin.net/blog/publication-news-hades-book

    Belief, Behaviour, and Belonging: Assessing ‘Embedded’ Religion in Ancient Greece

    Ancient Greek religion is often described as ‘embedded’, where religion is deeply linked with social, political, and cultural spheres of the city. But how does ‘embeddedness’ influence the way that religion was practised by the ancient Greeks? Current scholarship tends to focus either on individual religion or on public and institutional religion. This project looks holistically at the public and personal, and the interplay between them, to assess embeddedness. I will use materialist theory, which examines how religion is experienced by its practitioners, and social-network theory, ensuring the influence of both the individual and the city is accounted for.

    More information: http://www.elliemackin.net/bbb.html

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