Friday, November 18, 2005

Professor Helen King

Professor of the History of Classical Medicine at Reading University. Her first degree, at UCL, was in Ancient History and Social Anthropology; She then held research fellowships in Cambridge and Newcastle, taught in Liverpool for 8 years, and came to Reading on a Wellcome Trust University Award in 1996. She has been a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (2001), a Landsdowne Visiting Lecturer at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (2002), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (2005). She is chair of the Wellcome grants panel, 'Research Resources in the History of Medicine'.

Her main interests are:

Ancient medicine. From my PhD (on ancient Greek menstruation) onwards, I have been interested in setting ancient medical thought within its social and cultural context, as one way - among others - of making sense of life. I've therefore looked at ancient ideas about creation, the role of women, and sacrifice to illuminate Hippocratic gynaecology (Hippocrates' Woman: Reading the female body in ancient Greece, Routledge, 1998). From teaching the history of medicine at Reading, I wrote a short introduction to the main issues, Greek and Roman Medicine (Bristol Classical Press, 2001). A volume of essays on Health in Antiquity was published under my editorship in March 2005 (Routledge). Every other year I organise a conference on Ancient Medicine at Reading (in the alternate years, this is run by Professor Philip van der Eijk at Newcastle). I also examine the History of Medicine Diploma run by the Society of Apothecaries, London, and sit on various committees of the Wellcome Trust.

Reception of ancient medicine. I have written on the use of classical models in nursing and midwifery, but I am particularly interested in the alleged (and imaginary) classical origins of 'hysteria', on which I've published Hysteria Beyond Freud (written with S. Gilman, R. Porter, G.S. Rousseau and E. Showalter, University of California Press, 1993), a section in History of Clinical Psychiatry (eds G. Berrios and R. Porter, Athlone Press, 1995), and 'Recovering hysteria from history: Herodotus and "the first case of shell shock"' in Peter Halligan et al. (eds), Contemporary Approaches to the Science of Hysteria: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2001). My project for the first five years at Reading, on which I continue to work, concerned the reception of the sixteenth-century compilation, the Gynaeciorum libri, edited successively by Wolf, Bauhin and Spach; in particular, the impact of Hippocratic gynaecology in the period after its publication in Latin by Calvi in 1525, but also the subsequent history of the books themselves, their owners and their uses. I have given a number of sections of this project as papers, and incorporated some of my findings into my monograph The Disease of Virgins: Green-Sickness, Chlorosis and the Problems of Puberty (Routledge, December 2003), which moves from sixteenth-century ideas based on Hippocratic medicine, to the early twentieth century. On the Modern History MA, I teach a module called 'Viewing the body in seventeenth-century England', which uses Harvey's De motu cordis as a way of discussing issues of authority and science. Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood explicitly cites Aristotle on the circle as the purest form of movement. From 1998-2003 I was the co-editor of Social History of Medicine (Oxford University Press).

Gender/History of the body. I have published on the history of pain, drawing on comparative studies of modern sufferers from chronic pain. I have published on early sexology and I am currently working on myths and stories of bearded women. I was Women's Studies Area Advisor to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (1996).

Mythology. I have published on the myths of Tithonos, on mermaids (on which topic I have also done a lot of media work), and on the myth/fable of Agnodike, 'the first midwife'; I've also investigated how this story was used to give authority to women in medical roles in various historical periods. I'm preparing an article, 'Mothering medicine', on the wider dimensions of this topic.

Death. In 1981 I co-edited, with S.C. Humphreys, Mortality and Immortality: the anthropology and archaeology of death (Academic Press). I've recently been working on the role of the doctor at the deathbed in classical antiquity; a preliminary study has been published in Dutch."


Dr. Ken Dark

"After taking his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Ken Dark has taught at Cambridge, Oxford and Reading Universities, and currently holds a lectureship at the University of Reading. He is Chair of the Late Antiquity Research Group, holds honorary professorships from European and American universities, and is the author of numerous publications, including Britain and the End of the Roman Empire, Civitas to Kingdom, Theoretical Archaeology and The Landscape of Roman Britain. He has directed archaeological excavations and surveys in Britain, and is currently director of the Istanbul Archaeological Rescue Project.

Chair of GCMS, Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

Main Area of Work: Archaeology (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory);History (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory); Byzantine studies (including Istanbul. Constantinople);
Global political and economic change

Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies;

Research Interests:

Archaeology (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory);
History (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory);
Byzantine studies (including Istanbul. Constantinople);
Global political and economic change

The archaeology and history of Europe (including Britain) and the Middle East in the 1st millennium AD (including Roman, Late Antique, Byzantine and Viking Age studies).

Archaeological and historical method and theory.
Field archaeology (excavation, geophysical and surface survey) and artefact studies (esp. ceramics and sculpture).
The study of large-scale, long-term, social, political and economic change (especially the formation and collapse of states and regional political and economic systems).

Other Expertise
Detailed knowledge of theory and academic debate in cognate discplines (especially political science, economics, anthropology and social theory)

Detailed knowledge of Complexity Theory and its application to human societies.


Dr. John Creighton

"Dr. John Creighton?s research centres upon Later Iron Age and Early Roman NW Europe. His books include: ?Britannia: the creation of a Roman Province? (2005); ?Coins & Power in Late Iron Age Britain? (2000), 'Celti: the archaeology of a Hispano-Roman Town in Baetica' (with Simon Keay and Jose Remesal, 2001), and he has co-edited the volume 'Roman Germany: Studies in Cultural Interaction' (1999).
His fieldwork has included work in Britain, France, Germany and Spain. Presently he is completing a project, with Colin Haselgrove, examining the landscape in the vicinity of the Iron Age oppidum of Mont Beuvray (Bibract) and the Roman town of Autun in Burgundy.
He is currently the Director of CETL-AURS, an interdisciplinary centre for promoting and developing undergraduate research skills across the University.

Research Interests:

* Imagery and the negotiation of power
* Coinage and commodification
* Urban landscapes and social memory"

Recent Publications:

Creighton, J. (2005) Gold, ritual and kingship In Iron Age Coinage and Ritual Practices (Eds. Wigg-Wolf, D. and Haselgrove, C. C.) Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Mainz am Rhein, pp. 69-84.


W. Ralph Johnson

University of Chicago Department of Classics: "W. Ralph Johnson

John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and Comparative Studies, Emeritus,
University of Chicago
l050 E 59th St, Chicago IL 60637


B.A. Latin, 1961, UC, Berkeley
M.M. Latin, 1963, UCB
Ph.D. Classics, 1967, UCB


Assistant Prof. Classics, UC Berkeley, 1966-72
Associate Prof. Classics and Comp. Lit, UCB, 1972-4
Associate Prof. and Prof. Classics, Cornell University, 1974-81
Professor of Classics and Comp. Lit., University of Chicago,
l981-98 (Manly Prof. since 1989)
Emeritus, 1998

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley 1971
Board of Directors, American Philological Association, 1981-84
Chair of Classics, UChicago, 1983-88
Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
The Martin Lectures in Classics at Oberlin, 1984-5
The Townsend Lectures in Classics at Cornell, 1988-89
Committee on Goodwin Award, APA, 1989-91
Committee on American Journal of Philology Award, 1997-2000
Visiting Prof., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Winter 2001
Visiting Prof. UCLA, Spring 2002
Scheduled for Spring 2004, The Biggs Lectures (on Propertius and Augustan Poetry), Washington University, St. Louis


Luxuriance and Economy: Cicero and the Alien Style (University of California Press, 1971)

Darkness Visible: A Study of Vergil's Aeneid (UC Press, l976)

The Idea of Lyric (UC Press, l982);

Momentary Monsters: Lucan and his Heroes (Cornell, l987)

Horace and the Dialectics of Freedom (Cornell, 1993)

Lucretius and the Modern World (Duckworth 2000)

Recent Articles

Imaginary Romans: Virgil and the Illusions of National Identity,' in Poets and Critics Read Virgil, ed. S. Spence, Yale (2001)

'A Secret Garden in Georgics 4,' in Vergil, Philodemus and the Augustans, ed. Skinner and Johnston, U Texas Press (2003)

'Robert Lowell's American Aeneas,' in Festschrift for M. Putnam, ed.S. Spence, Materiali e discussioni (2004)

'Small Wonders: Martial, Book 14,' Festschrift for W. S. Anderson, ed. W. Batstone and G. Tissol, 2004

Monday, November 07, 2005

Barbara Burrell

Barbara Burrell - CV
Associate Research Professor of Classics
University of Cinncinatti
PhD, Harvard University 1980

Contact information:
phone: 513-556-3180
fax: 513-556-4366

Research Areas:
Archaeology of eastern Roman provinces, numismatics,ancient history.

Trained at New York University and at Harvard, she has dug at sites across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and currently in Israel, where she is Field Director for a project investigating the Palace of Herod and of the Roman Governors at Caesarea Maritima. Her specialties include Roman provincial coins, Greek epigraphy of Asia Minor, and Hellenistic and Roman imperial art, architecture, and history. She has taught seminars in numismatics; gender and archaeological theory; the emperor Hadrian; the crisis of the third century C.E.; and on the archaeology of Israel (the last for the Hebrew Union College). Her major work on cities that built temples to the imperial cult, Neokoroi: Greek Cities and Roman Emperors, is due to appear this year. She was recently appointed the first Senior Fellow of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Research, at Macquarie University in Sydney."

Friday, November 04, 2005

James Russell

James Russell is a general classicist who specializes in Roman and early Byzantine art and archaeology and Greek and Latin epigraphy of the Roman period.

He teaches undergraduate courses in Greek and Roman Art (Classical Studies 330), Applied Science and Technology in Classical Antiquity (Classical Studies 306), and courses in Latin and Greek at various levels.

Recent courses taught include Aristophanes (Greek 421), Livy (Latin 411), Latin Comedy (Latin 418), Latin Satire (Latin 419), Virgil (Latin 422).

He regularly teaches graduate seminars in Roman art and archaeology and Latin epigraphy. Recent topics include Official Roman Relief Sculpture, Topography and Monuments of Rome, Roman Funerary Art and Architecture, Roman Architecture in Italy under the Republic, Latin Epigraphy, Roman Archaeology of the Roman Army.

His principal research activity since 1970 has been the direction of the U.B.C. sponsored excavation at Anemurium, a small Roman and Byzantine city on the south coast of Turkey. He is currently working on the final reports of the churches, coins and small finds.

In the course of travel in Asia Minor Russell has discovered a considerable number of inscriptions. Included amongst these are two bronze Roman military diplomas which he has recently published. His current research concerns inscriptions of the Early Byzantine period.

Other areas of research interest are the Roman period in Palestine (Roman bath-house found in the excavation of Capernaum, Galilee), the topography and monuments of Rome, and Roman military activities in Britain north of the Hadrianic limes. Russell is currently Past President of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Recent research includes:

  • "A Newly Discovered City of Rough Cilicia". The preparation of a report on a recently discovered Roman site on the south coast of Asia Minor. It will consist of a description of the physical ruins still visible on the site; the evidence for its identity, based on ancient itineraries and bishop lists; information on the political, social history and religion of the community from the evidence of Greek inscriptions.
  • "Zeno and Isauria". A study contrasting the extremely unfavorable account of the reign of the emperor Zeno, the Isaurian (A.D. 474-491), as reported by the historians ancient and modern, with the evidence for his generous and beneficent policies that I have assembled from the archaeological and epigraphic record in his native Isauria and other regions of the eastern Mediterranean.
  • "The Archaeological Evidence of Persian Invasions in the Seventh Century". A paper commissioned by the Centre of Byzantine Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation to be presented at an International Symposium "The Dark Centuries of Byzantium (7th - 9th cent.)" to be held in Athens in May 1999. This will discuss the evidence, or lack of evidence, for the Persian occupation of Byzantine sites throughout the Middle East during the last great conflict between the Byzantine and Persian Empires (A.D. 611-629).
  • "Household Furnishings (Instrumenta Domestica)". An essay commissioned for the catalogue of a special travelling exhibition "Antioch: the Lost Roman City" scheduled for the Worcester Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore during 2000-2001. This will cover the material evidence for various aspects of domestic living, such as security, lighting, dining equipment, storage facilities. The evidence will be drawn primarily, but not exclusively, from artefacts found in the excavation of Antioch during the 1930s and now housed in the Princeton University Art Museum.
  • Contact Information:

    Phone: (604) 822-4056