Dr. Jeanne Reames
Director, Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program
Martin Professor of European History, 2023-25
Graduate Program Chair, History, 2015-19
Missouri Valley History Conference Coordinator, 2011-13
Martin Professor of European History, 2009-11
287-K ASH, Department of History
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Omaha, NE 68182; email Dr. Reames
University, 1998 (History)
Dissertation: "Hephaistion Amyntoros: Éminence Grise at the Court of Alexander the Great"
M.Div Candler School of Theology, Emory University, 1989 (Early Church History/Counseling)
B.A. The University of Florida, 1985 (English/Creative Writing)
with the Lion 1: Becoming (NC: Riptide
-- Dancing with the Lion 2: Rise (NC: Riptide Publishers, 2019)
-- Macedonian Legacies: Studies on Ancient Macedonian History and Culture in honor of Eugene N. Borza, ed. with Timothy Howe (Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 2008) BMCR REVIEW
-- Macedon and its Influences: Narratives of Politics and War, ed. with Graham Wrightson. Colloquia Antiqua 44, Peeters 2025?
-- “Appropriating Narratives of Empire: Alexander and the destruction of the Branchidai,” in Macedon and Its Influences: Narratives of Politics and War. Jeanne Reames and Graham Wrightson, eds. Colloquia Antiqua 44, 2025 (?)
-- "Philip's and Alexander's Use of Religious Cult in Our Extant Sources," in Brill's Companion to the Campaigns of Philip II and Alexander the Great. Edward M. Anson, ed. Leiden: Brill. Forthcoming, 2024?
-- "Court and Companions," in Cambridge Companion to Alexander the Great. Daniel Ogden, ed. Malden and Oxford: Cambridge, 2023, 179-91.
-- "Changes and Challenges at Alexander's Court," in Cambridge Companion to Alexander the Great. Daniel Ogden, ed. Malden and Oxford: Cambridge, 2023, 192-212.
-- "Alexander the Great and Hephaistion in Fiction after Stonewall," in Routledge Companion to the Reception of Ancient Greek and Roman Gender and Sexuality. Kenneth Moore, ed. New York: Routledge, 2022, 229-52.
-- with Ann Haverkost. "Warfare and Agriculture," in Wiley Companion to Greek Warfare, Waldemar Heckel, F. S. Naiden, John Vanderspoel, and E. E. Garvin, eds. London: Wiley-Blackwell, 2021, 286-98.
-- (with Jason Heppler & Cory Starman, digital) "Becoming Macedonian: Name Mapping and Ethnic Identity. The Case of Hephaistion." Karanos. Bulletin of Ancient Macedonian Studies. vol 3 (2020): 11-37.
-- "The Cult of Hephaistion," Responses to Oliver Stone's 'Alexander,' Paul Cartledge and Fiona Greenland, eds., (Madison: Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2010) 183-217.
-- "Crisis and Opportunity: The Philoas Affair ... Again," Macedonian Legacies, Jeanne Reames and Timothy Howe, eds. (Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 2009) 165-81.
-- "Alexander as Icon: Some Socio-Political Contexts of Alexander the Great in Twentieth-Century Fiction," Alexander's Empire: From Formulation to Decay, Waldemar Heckel and P. V. Wheatley, eds (Claremont, CA: Regina Books, 2006) 233-44.
**Published as Reames-Zimmerman:
-- "The Mourning of Alexander the Great," Syllecta Classica 12 (2001) 98-145.
-- "An Atypical Affair? Alexander the Great, Hephaistion, and the Nature of Their Relationship," The Ancient History Bulletin 13.3 (1999) 81-96.
-- (with Eugene N. Borza) "Some New Thoughts on the Death of Alexander the Great," The Ancient World 31.1 (2000) 1-9.
Fiction, Reviews, Essays, and Other Publications
-- "Book Review: The Courts of Philip II and Alexander the Great," Frances Pownall, Sulochana R. Asirvatham, and Sabine Müller, eds. DeGruyter, 2022, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Feb. 2023.
-- Forever Alexander: Commemorative Conference for Alexander's 323 Death, January 23, 2023, Online. Autonomous University of Barcelona. "From History to Story: Six Authors Share Their Process of Writing Alexander," Roundtable, moderator and participant.
Twenty-first Batchelder Conference in Religious Studies and
Archaeology, Nov. 16, 2019, Omaha, NE; "Mapping Identity in
Greece and Magna Gracia: the Case of Hephaistion."
-- Annual Meeting, Association of Ancient Historians, April 25, 2019, Atlanta, GA: Special Session: Alexander's Afterlives, "Alexander and Hephaistion in Fiction after Stonewall."
-- Eighth International Alexander the Great symposium, "The Courts of Philip II & Alexander the Great," May 3, 2018, Edmonton, CA; "Mapping Identity in Greece and Magna Gracia: the Case of Hephaistion."
-- Annual Missouri Valley History Conference, March 2, 2017, Omaha, NE; "What’s in a Name? Mapping 'Hephaistion' in Greece and Magna Gracia."
Studies Conference, October 8, 2016, Omaha, NE; "Appropriating
Narratives of Empire: Alexander and the Destruction of the
-- The Age of Alexander the Great Symposium, April 4, 2016, Brookings, SD; invited paper; "What's in a Name: 'Amyntor' and 'Hephaistion' in Macedonia."
-- Seventeenth Batchelder Conference in Religious Studies and Archaeology, November 13, 2015, Omaha, NE; "Appropriating Narratives of Empire: Alexander and the Destruction of the Branchidae."
Areas for Publishing
(1) Argead Macedonia/Alexander the Great
(2) Greek & Macedonian religion
(3) Greek gender studies
Additional Areas of
The University of Nebraska, Omaha (tenured) -
fall 2000 to present
|World Civilization 1
||Greek History &
||Alexander the Great and the
|Greek Myth & Religion
||Mesopotamia and Pre-Islamic
||Rome & the Early Church
|Greek I (language)
||Historical Methodology (pre-printing press)||Greek Battle Experience (senior seminar)|
|Ethnicity, Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greece (grad seminar)||Argead Macedonia (grad seminar)||Neo-Assyria, Neo-Babylon
& Achaemenid Persa (grad seminar)
|Jewish and Christian
At the University of
--Chair, Undergraduate Committee, History (2021-2022)
--Director, Ancient Mediterranean Studies Program (2014-ongoing)
--Graduate Program Chair, History (2015-2020)
--Member, Education and Policy Committee (2018-2020)
--Member, Selection Committee for Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award (2017-2019)
--Member, Philosophy, 7-Year Review (2017)
--Missouri Valley History Conference Coordinator (2012-13)
--Book Exibit Coordinator, Missouri Valley History Conference (2010-11)
--Faculty Senate (2006-09)
--Faculty Senate: Academic and Curricular Affairs standing subcommittee, chair, spring 2009
-- Martin Fund, Newsletter & Recruitment Committees (history)
-- Member, Native American Studies faculty
--Coordinator, Richard Dean Winchell Lecture Series, History Department (2001-04)
-- Department of History website designer and maintainer (2004-present)
--Ad hoc committee on ancient foreign language acquisition
-- Eta Sigma Phi, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Kappa Phi
Service to the Community and Profession
Conversations with a Professor of the Ancient Mediterranean,"
Hanscom Park United Methodist Church, 4 week series, Wednesdays
in October, 2020.
--"The Glory of Mycenaean Greece," August 2017, National League of American Pen Women, Omaha branch
--History Lecture series for Aksarben Senior Living Community (History of the Early Church, Alexander the Great, and Narratives of Empire in the Ancient Near East vs. the Greco-Roman West), June and July of 2016