Ruben Post

Ruben Post


  • KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

Personal profile


I grew up in Canada and attended the University of Victoria for my undergraduate degree before receiving an MA in Ancient History from McGill University. I then moved to the US and earned my PhD from the University of Pennsylvania (2013-2020) with my dissertation, "The Achaian Koinon: An Economic History." During the course of my doctoral studies, I spent two years (2016-2018) in Athens conducting research at the American School of Classical Studies.


I first came to St Andrews as Leventis Senior Research Fellow (2020-2022) working on my project on climate change in the ancient Greek world. I then transitioned in 2022 to a temporary Lecturer position before becoming a permanent Lecturer in 2023.

Research interests

  • The history of the Hellenistic world
  • The economic and social history of the ancient Mediterranean
  • The environmental history of the ancient Mediterranean
  • Climate history
  • Archaeological science
  • Interdisciplinarity in ancient history

Research overview

I am an ancient historian of the Greek world especially interested in environmental, economic, and social developments in the Hellenistic period. The primary focus of my work is on the interplay between the myriad ecological and economic forces that impacted ancient people’s lives, from climate and disease to money and law. To illuminate such interactions, I integrate highly varied evidence types, including environmental proxies, human and animal remains, archaeological survey, coinage, and ethnographic research, with the more traditional sources of ancient history, namely literary texts, inscriptions, and excavation archaeology.


My primary project is a book-length examination of the impact of climate change on Aegean societies from the end of the Bronze Age until the advent of the Roman Empire. By examining the most up-to-date environmental proxy evidence, research on the relationship between climate and agriculture, and written and archaeological evidence testifying to the perception of and responses to climate change, this project will outline the prospects and problems of studying the impact of climate change on ancient Greek societies.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


  • DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
  • DF Greece
  • CC Archaeology
  • CN Inscriptions. Epigraphy.
  • CJ Numismatics
  • GE Environmental Sciences
  • GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography


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