Dr Peter Londey

BA(Hons) (UNE); PhD (Monash)
Honorary Lecturer
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Classical Greek And Roman History 210306
  • Defence Studies 160604
  • International Relations 160607
  • Museum Studies 210204
  • Australian History (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander History) 210303
  • Biography 210304

Research interests

• Australian and international peacekeeping

• Regional history and historical memory in Central Greece (Delphoi and Phokis)

• Warfare and society in ancient Greece, 6th to 4th centuries BC

• Australian artist George Gittoes

• Charles Bean and military commemoration in Australia

• Gallipoli and the Dardanelles in antiquity


Dr Peter Londey holds degrees in ancient history from the University of New England and Monash University. His PhD was on the Delphic Amphiktyony in the fourth century BC.
After holding positions in Classics at the University of Queensland and the ANU, from 1991 to 2007 he worked as a historian at the Australian War Memorial. His activities there included editing publications, managing conferences, working on a variety of exhibitions, and extended periods as acting head of the Military History Section.

While at the Memorial he took up research on international peacekeeping, and curated the
Memorial's first peacekeeping exhibition, in 1993, and a major travelling exhibition in 2001. He is the author of Other people's wars: a history of Australian peacekeeping (Allen & Unwin, 2004).  Until the project's completion in 2019, he was a senior member of the team writing Australia's Official History of Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold War, and himself wrote more than half of vol. I, The long search for peace: observer missions and beyond, 1947–2006 (CUP, 2020).  He is also currently undertaking research on the Australian artist George Gittoes.

At the start of 2008 he re-joined the Classics Program at ANU and returned to Greek history; his research now ranges across a range of areas in both ancient and modern history (as listed below).  He retired from teaching in 2019, and is now attached to the School of History in CASS.

Researcher's projects

• Deputy Editor of Official History of Australian Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Post-Cold
War Operations
• regional history of Gallipoli and the Dardanelles
• George Gittoes as an artist of war and peacekeeping
• Euripides, Thucydides, and the destruction of Melos

Current student projects

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

John Bale, "Moral injury in Australia's peacekeeping operations"

Lachlan McColl, "Chios: island and polis in the pre-Roman world"

Past student projects

Previous PhDs supervised:

Michael Carrel, "Australia's prosecution of Japanese war criminals: stimuli and constraints" (co-supervisor; University of Melbourne, 2005)

Antony Pollock, "The emergence of the Roman politically interventionist legion in 88 BC: an integrated theory" (ANU, 2014)

Alexandra Walton, "The print collections of the Australian War Memorial and Imperial War Museum: examining the relationship between collection and institution" (ANU, 2018)

John Nash, "Maritime strategy in the Classical Greek period 550-322 B.C." (ANU, 2019)

Adrienne White, "Post-traumatic stress disorder in ancient Greek soldiers" (ANU, 2021)



Projects and Grants

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