Richard Berthold

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Richard Martin Berthold (born 1946)[1] is an American classical historian, an associate professor emeritus at the University of New Mexico.[2] He is the author of two books on classical history, and is also known for his controversial positions on politics and religion.


Berthold is the author of the book Rhodes in the Hellenistic Age (Cornell University Press, 1984)[3] and of the self-published Dare to Struggle: The History and Society of Greece (2009).

Education and career

Berthold graduated from Stanford University in 1967.[4] He did his graduate studies at Cornell University, earning a M.A. in 1969 with the thesis The Battle at Marathon[5] and completing his Ph.D. in 1971 with the dissertation Rhodian Foreign Affairs 205-164 B.C..[6] After a year as a part-time lecturer at Cornell, he joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico in 1972 as an assistant professor.[4] He retired from the University of New Mexico in 2002, but was recalled to teaching in 2006.[7]


On the day of September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks Berthold told two large freshman classes that "Anybody who blows up the Pentagon gets my vote."[8] After a university investigation, Berthold received an official reprimand and was removed from teaching first-year classes.[9] The semester after the official reprimand and teaching sanctions took effect, Berthold took early retirement after being charged with sexual harassment.[10]

In 2005 he was barred from a local religious conference center after presenting archaeological research contradicting the biblical story of the Exodus.[7] He drew renewed media attention in 2018 for using Nazi insignia to protest the policies of the Republican Party.[11]


  1. ^ Full name and birth year from WorldCat identities, retrieved 2019-02-12.
  2. ^ All faculty, UNM Department of History, retrieved 2019-02-12
  3. ^ Reviews of Rhodes in the Hellenistic Age:
  4. ^ a b Berthold, Richard (19 August 2011), "About", qqduckus, retrieved 2019-02-12
  5. ^ WorldCat catalog entry for The Battle at Marathon, retrieved 2019-02-12.
  6. ^ WorldCat catalog entry for Rhodian Foreign Affairs 205-164 B.C., retrieved 2019-02-12.
  7. ^ a b Uyttebrouck, Olivier (September 8, 2005), "Retired Professor Berthold to Teach at UNM", Albuquerque Journal
  8. ^ Wilson, John K. (2016). Patriotic Correctness: Academic Freedom and Its Enemies. Routledge. pp. 10–11. ISBN 9781317254706.
  9. ^ O'Neil, Robert (2009). Academic Freedom in the Wired World: Political Extremism, Corporate Power, and the University. Harvard University Press. pp. 79–81. ISBN 9780674033726.
  10. ^ Gerstmann, Evan; Streb, Matthew Justin (2006), Academic Freedom at the Dawn of a New Century: How Terrorism, Governments, and Culture Wars Impact Free Speech, Stanford University Press, p. 44, ISBN 9780804754446
  11. ^ Abundis, Megan (November 8, 2018), Former UNM professor unapologetic about hanging Nazi banner outside his home, KOB