This is Noboru SATO's Home Page.
I am Noboru SATO, a Japanese classicist, teaching at Kobe University.
I obtained my doctorate at the University of Tokyo in 2006. After teaching at several Japanese Universities, I have been teaching at Kobe University since October 2012 (2012.10-2023.3: Associate Professor; 2023.4- now: Professor).
From 2008 to 09, I researched at the Department of Classics, King's College London, with the help of Canon Foundation Europe Research Fellowship (host scholar: Dr Hugh Boden). In 2016, I stayed in Oxford as an academic visitor to the Faculty of Classics (host scholar: Professor Robert Parker). Currently (Oct. 2022 to Sept. 2023), I'm an Academic visitor at the Centre for Oration and Rhetoric, Royal Holloway, University of London (host scholars: Professor Lene Rubinstein and Dr Christos Kremmydas).
My main areas of interest are the socio-political history of classical Athens, law and oration in Democratic Athens, international communication in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, and historiography in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Greece.
MA(the University of Tokyo), PhD(the University of Tokyo)
Bribery in Democratic Athens, Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2008 [Japanese].
Challenges in Plutarch's Lives, (ed. by Noboru Koike, Noboru Sato, and Shino Kihara) Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2019 [Japanese].
Viewpoints of Historical Studies: Twelve Case Studies, (ed. by Noboru Sato, written by history teachers of Faculty of Letters, Kobe University) Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2018 [Japanese].
[Classics Translation & Commentary]
Demosthenes, Orations vol.6 (with Akiko Kiso et al.) Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2020 [Japanese].
Robin Osborne, Greek History (originally, Routledge: London, 2008/ Japanese translation, Tokyo: Tosui Shobo, 2011).
Hugh Bowden, Alexander the Great (originally, OUP: Oxford, 2014/ Japanese translation, Tokyo: Tosui Shobo, 2019).
David Abulafia, The Great Sea: A Human History of the Mediterranean (originally, OUP: Oxford and N.Y., 2011/ Japanese translation with Hiroshi Takayama, Mamoru Fujisaki, Nozomu Tase, Tokyo: Fujiwara Shoten, 2021).
"Hellenistic Didyma and the Milesian Past", JASCA (Japan Studies in Classical Antiquity)
5 (2023.3), 78-98. [English] [Online]
"Sharing Memories of Thorubos
in Classical Athens", in Yoshiyuki Suto ed. Cultural Memory in the Ancient Mediterranean World
, Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2022, 234-259 [Japanese].
"Athletics and War in Roman Greece", Journal of Classical Studies
69 (2022) 84-91 [Japanese].
"Additional Information in Witness Testimonies in Classical Athens", in Andreas Markantonatos, Vasileios Liotsakis and Andreas Serafim (eds.) Witnesses and Evidence in Ancient Greek Literature,
Berlin: De Gruyter 2022, 81–96 [English].
"Oral Transmission of Knowledge and Suppressing the Audience’s Thorubos
in Classical Athens", in Yoshiyuki Suto (ed.) Transmission and Organization of Knowledge in the Ancient Mediterranean World,
Wien: Phoibos Verlag, 2022, 71-86 [English].
"Antigonos: no. 775" [revised version of BNJ
775], in I. Worthington et al. (eds.) Brill's New Jacoby 2nd etition
, Brill Online (Leiden: Brill) 2021.10.[Brill]
and narrative strategies in Attic forensic speech", in Mike Edwards and Dimos Spatharas (eds.) Forensic Narratives in Athenian Courts
, Abington, Oxon and New York, NY: Routledge, 2019, 102–118 [English].
"Use and Abuse of Legal Procedures to Impede the Legal Process", in Chris Carey, Ifigeneia Giannadaki, Brenda Griffith-williams (eds.) Use and Abuse of Law in the Athenian Courts (Mnemosyne, Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity),
Leiden, 2018, 146–162 [English].
"Dawn of Humanity and Civilizations in the Orient", in N. Odanaka and H. Hokari (eds.) A World History: from Here and Now,
Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2017, 14-29 [Japanese].
"Glocalization in Ancient Mediterranean World", in N. Odanaka and H. Hokari (eds.) A World History: from Here and Now,
Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2017, 30-46 [Japanese].
"Rhetoric and Athenian Law Courts in the 4th century', Seiyoshi-kenkyu
45 (2016) 126-137 [Japanese].
"New Fragments of Hyperides", translation and commentary with Tatsuki Kashiwa, Clio
30 (2016) 81-99 [Japanese].
"Symposium "Plutarch: His Conception of Statesman", A Response to T. Matsubara", Journal of Classical Studies
64 (2016) 114-116 [Japanese].
"Foundation myths and Histories", in Kazuhiko Kondo (ed.) Lectures in European Histories"
, Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2015, 9−31 [Japanese].
"Out-of-Court Settlement and Public Opinion in Democratic Athens", KODAI: Journal of Ancient History
16 (2015) 43-56 [English].
“'Aristocracy' and Athenian Diplomacy”, in N. Fisher and H. van Wees (eds.) Aristocracy in Antiquity: Redefining Greek and Roman Elites
, Swansea, 2015, 203-226 [English].
"Didyma: Hearing and Inventing the Voice of God", in Ryoji Motomura (ed.) Rambling in the Roman Empire and the Ancient Mediterranean World
, Tokyo: Kodansha, 2013, 299-316 [Japanese].
"Milesian Foundation Myths and Didyma", Journal of Classical Studies
61(2013) 12-23 [Japanese with English Summary]. [English Summary]
"Maiandrios and(?) Leandr(i)os of Miletos: nos. 491-492", in I. Worthington et al. (eds.) Brill's New Jacoby
, Leiden [Brill Online], 2012 [English]. [Brill]
"Antigonos: no. 775", in I. Worthington et al. (eds.) Brill's New Jacoby
, Leiden [Brill Online], 2010 [English].[Brill]
and Athenian Diplomacy", in Mariko Sakurai and Akiko Moroo (eds.) Dynamism in the Ancient Mediterranean World
, Tokyo: Yamakawa Shuppansha, 2010, 252−273 [Japanese].
: On Dem. 18.103", in Y. Oshiba and N. Koike (eds.) For Tomorrow of the Classical Studies
, Tokyo: Chisen-Shokan, 2010, 311−332 [Japanese].
"A Religious and Political Trial: Another Aspect of Anytus' Prosecution against Socrates", KODAI: Journal of Ancient History
15 (2005-08: published in 2010.3), 25-40 [English].[pdf]
"Internal Bribery and Athenian Society in the Late 5th and 4th Century BCE", Mediterraneus
31 (2008), 95-121 [Japanese].
"Bribery and Athenian Diplomacy", Mediterraneus
30 (2007), 71-94 [Japanese].
"Athens, Persia, Clazomenae, Erythrae: an analysis of international relationships in Asia Minor", Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies
49 (2006:published in 2008.12), 23-37 [English].[BICS]
"Run and Fight", in M. Sakurai and Y. Hashiba (eds.) Ancient Olympics
, Tokyo: Iwanami Shoten, 2004, 108-126 [Japanese].
"Anytus prosecuted Socrates after the Civil War", in Kiichiro Itsumi (ed.) Methodologies of Greek and Roman Studies
, Tokyo, 2003, 97-111 [Japanese].
"Athenian Patronage and Active Political Participation", Journal of Classical Studies
49 (2001), 98-107 [Japanese]. [English Summary]
"Patronage in Democratic Athens", Journal of Historical Studies (Shigaku-Zasshi)
110-7 (2001), 1-34 [Japanese with English Summary].
"How did the Athenians feel about the destruction of crops during the Peloponnesian War?", Clio
12 (1988), 1-15 [Japanese].
Mirko Canevaro, "Democratic deliberation in the Athenian Assembly", Clio
34 (2020) 78-116.
Robert C.T. Parker, "Polis Religion: Where Decision about Religion are Made", Clio
32 (2018) 29-43.
Alexander Herda, "Thales of Miletus and the Invention of Greek Urbanism: How a Sage would build a City", Clio
31 (2017) 63-106.
Athanasios D. Rizakis, "Up and down the social ladder in the periphery of the Roman world: the case of Peloponnesian cities", Clio
29 (2015) 73-86.
Deborah Boedeker, "Early Greek Poets as/and Historians", Clio
28 (2014) 86-103.
Hugh Bowden, "Nameless Gods: Mystery Cults, Myth, Ritual and Greek Polis Religion", Clio
26 (2012) 32-49.
Robert C.T. Parker, "Greek Sacrifice, the big issues", Clio
25 (2011) 63-73.
Irene Polinskaya, "Shared Sanctuaries and the Gods of Others: A Note on the meaning of 'Common' in Herodotus 8.144", Clio
24 (2010) 53-74.
Catherine Morgan, "Wealthy Corinth, revisited", Clio
18 (2004) 71-93.
Papers given in English/International Conference
＊"Rhetorical strategies of referring to thorubos in classical Athens", invited lecture at Institute of Literary Studies, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland,
＊"Character Portrayal of Corona: People Around the Athenian Law Court", invited lecture at Faculty of Philology, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland,
"Character Portrayal of Corona: People Around the Athenian Law court", International Conference on Character Portrayal of the Attic Forensic Speeches
Online via Zoom Meeting, 2021.3.29.
"Populism and corruption: Demosthenes’s strategies of character portrayal in the Athenian Assembly", The Twenty-Second Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric
(the Hotel Montelone, New Orleans, LA, USA) 2019.7.27
"Oral Transmission of Knowledge and Suppressing Audience’s thorybos in Classical Athens", The 4th Euro-Japanese colloquium on the Ancient Mediterranean Worldy
, Nagoya Universtiy, 2018.9.6.
"Additional information in witness testimonies in classical Athens", Second International Conference on Drama and Oratory
, Universtiy of Peloponnese, Kalamata, Greece, 2918.3.29.
in Demosthenes’ public speeches", From the Markets to the Associations: A Comprehensive View of the Greek Mercenary World in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods
, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University, 2018.3.22.
in Athenian speeches, a sign of (dis)unity", International Conference The Rhetoric of (dis)unity: Community and division in Greco-Roman prose and poetry
, Athens University History Museum, Athens, 2017.11.23.
"Comments on Yue Mengzehn's "The Elusive Other"", 11th Japan-Korea-China Symposium on Ancient Mediterranean World, Waseda University, Tokyo, 2017.9.16.
"Rhetorical Functions of Thorubos in Forensic Narratives." The 9th Celtic Conference in Classics, University College Dublin, 2016.6.23.
"Hellenistic Didyma and the Milesian Mythical Past." Asia Minor Workshop, Kyoto University, 2016.3.20.
"The Athenian adoption and the adoptee’s paternal household." International Conference: Aspects of family law in the ancient world – a cross-cultural perspective
, University College London, 2015.4.23.
"Hellenistic Didyma and the Milesian mythical past." The Third Euro-Japanese Colloquium in Ancient Mediterranean World
, British School at Athens, 2014.4.25.
"Milesian Myths and Didyma." the Tenth Japan-Korea-China Symposium on Ancient European History, Hall of Ziyu Hotel, Beijing, 2013.10.19.
Comments on Douglas Cairns's "Revenge, Punishment, and Justice in Athenian Homicide Law." the Tenth Japan-Korea-China Symposium on Ancient European History, Hall of Ziyu Hotel, Beijing, 2013.10.20.
"Abusing Legal Procedures for Impeding Legal Procedure", International Conference: ‘Use and Abuse of Law in the Athenian Courts’
, University College London, 2013.4.17.
“A Comment on Che Ja-Young’s ” Japan-Korea-China Symposium for Ancient European History 2010, Seoul National University, 2010.10.22.
“Out-of-Court Settlement in Democratic Athens”, The Second Euro-Japanese Colloquium of Ancient Mediterranean World, Social Norms and Public Sphere, The University of Tokyo, 2009.3.28.
“Athenian Diplomacy and its Aristocratic character” 5th Celtic Conference in Classics, Session themes: Aristocracy", Elite, Social Mobility in Ancient Society, University College Cork (Ireland), 2008.7.10.
“Athenian Democracy from a point of view of bribery”, Departmental Seminar at the Department of Classics, King's College London 2005.5.10.