Friday, December 23, 2005

Professor Greg Woolf

Professor Greg Woolf:

phone 01334 462608

A graduate of Oxford and Cambridge, Professor Woolf returned to Oxford in 1990 to teach ancient history and archaeology as a fellow of first Magdalen and then Brasenose Colleges before being elected in 1998 to a chair of ancient history at St. Andrews where he is currently Head of the School of Classics.

I am a member of the Advisory Board of the American Journal of Archaeology.

I have served on the Councils of the Roman Society and the Classical Association and currently sit on the Editorial Boards of both societies. I am a member of the Advisory committees of the Roman Society and of the LTSN subject centre in Classics and have served as an AHRB panellist. I am a member of the American Philological Association, of the Classical Association of Scotland and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. I have been an external examiner for undergraduate degrees at Strawberry Hill (Classics), UCL (History), the Open University (Classics), Bristol (Classics) and Sheffield (Archaeology); for taught postgraduate degrees in London; and for doctorates in the Universities of Cambridge, Durham, London, Oxford, Reading, Southampton and Wales. I have contributed to the Cambridge Ancient History and the APA (Barrington) Classical Atlas, and the Neue Pauly. During 2004 I was an Honorary Research Fellow of the British School at Rome.

Research Interests

The cultural history of the Roman empire. My past work has included studies of patronage, of epigraphy as a cultural phenomenon, of literacy and of the economic history of the empire and its urbanization. A major focus of my research has been on the archaeology and history of Roman Gaul, especially the cultural changes usually termed Romanization. I have carried out fieldwork in northern France. I maintain interests in the later prehistory of Europe, in archaeological theory, and in the Younger Pliny. More recently I have been engaged in the study of religious practice in the Roman provinces."

Recent Publications

Regional Productions in early Roman Gaul, in D. Mattingly and J. Salmon (eds.) Economies beyond Agriculture in the classical world (London, 2000), 49-65

The Roman Cultural Revolution in Gaul, in S. Keay and N. Terrenato eds. Italy and the West. Comparative Issues in Romanization, (Oxford, 2001), 173-86.

Inventing empire in ancient Rome, in Empires. Perspectives from archaeology and history edited by S.E.Alcock, T.N.DÕAltroy, K. D. Morrisson and C. M. Sinopoli, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2001, 311-22

Representation as Cult: the case of the Jupiter columns, in Spickermann, W., Cancik, H. and Rüpke, J. (eds.), Religion in den germanischen Provinzen Roms, Tübingen 2001, 117-34.

Generations of Aristocracy. Continuities and discontinuities in the societies of Interior Gaul. Archaeological Dialogues 9.1 (2002) 2-15 with discussion 39-65

Afterword: How the Latin West was won, in A.Cooley (ed.) Writing Latin, Becoming Roman, JRA supplementary volume 48 (2002) 181-88

Rome the Cosmopolis Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2003) edited with Catharine Edwards

Seeing Apollo in Roman Gaul and Germany, in S.Scott and J.Webster (eds.) Roman Imperialism and Provincial Art (Cambridge 2003) 139-152

Cambridge Illustrated History of the RomanWorld (consultant editor, and contributor of three chapters) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2003)

A Sea of faith? Mediterranean Historical Review 18.2 (2004) special issue on ?Mediterranean Paradigms and Classical Antiquity? ed. I. Malkin, 126-143

Local Cult in Imperial Context: the Matronae revisited, in P.Noelke ed. Romanisation und Resistenz in Plastik, Architektur und Inschriften der Provinzen des Imperium Romanum. Neue Funde und Forschungen, Akten des VII. Internationalen Colloquiums über Probleme des Provinzialrömischen Kunstschaffens, Köln 2-6 mai 2001, (2004)131-8

"The present state and future scope of Roman Archaeology: a comment" American Journal of Archaeology 108.3 (2004) 417-28

Current Research Projects

At present, Professor Woolf is writing a cultural history of Roman imperialism and a study of the assassination of Julius Caesar and its implications. He is also preparing the 2005 Rhind lectures on Religious Creativity in the Roman Provinces and, together with Dr. Jason Koenig and Prof. Harry Hine, am developing a project on Science and Empire in the Roman World in the context of the Logos Research Centre.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Dr. Penelope Allison, Australian National University


Research interests:

Roman and Australia historical archaeology: Roman painting, household archaeology, gender and space.

Research areas:

Roman Italy, particularly Pompeii; western Roman provinces; western NSW, Australia.

Past and recent research:

1. The wall paintings of the Casa della Caccia Antica in Pompeii - painter workshops, typology and iconography.
2. Pompeian Households - the use of space in Pompeian houses; the abandonment processes of the city. The compilation of relational databases to investigate for the distribution of household activities.
3. The Insula del Menandro in Pompeii: The Finds - artefact distribution and artefact function in the buildings in this city block in Pompeii.
4. The Kinchega Archaeological Research Project - living conditions at a 19th- and early 20th-century pastoral homestead in western NSW, with particular attention to household production and consumption patterns.
5. Engendering Roman Spaces - feminist approaches to Roman spatial archaeology, especially domestic space, military space and public space.

Recent and Main Publications:

2002. Main author with Frank Sear, The Casa della Caccia Antica, H?user in Pompeji 11. (Munich: Hirmer).

2002. Recurring tremors: the continuing impact of the AD 79 eruption of Mt Vesuvius, in R. Torrence and J. Grattan, eds, Natural Disasters and Cultural Change, 107-125 (One World Archaeology series, Routledge, London and New York).

2002. Colour and light in a Pompeian house: modern impressions or ancient perceptions, in A. Jones and Gavin MacGregor, eds, Colouring the Past: The Significance of Colour in Archaeological Research, 195-207 (Berg, Oxford and New York).

2003. Pompeii households: Analysis of the material culture, Monograph 42 (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA - to appear in 2003).

Pompeii households: Analysis of the material culture, Database associated with Monograph 42 of Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, (

2001 P. M. Allison. Using the material and the written sources: turn of the millennium approaches to Roman domestic space, Journal of Archaeology 105: 181-208.

2001 P. M. Allison. Placing individuals: Pompeian epigraphy in context, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 14.1: 54-75.


Thursday, December 08, 2005

Dr. Zahra Newby, University of Warwick



Dr Newby works on the visual arts of the ancient world. Her doctoral thesis (at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London) studied the elite art of the middle Roman empire in its social and cultural contexts, with a particular focus on the use of art for self-representation. She is also interested in the links between art and text, and the receptions of visual images in the Greek literature of the Roman empire. Her recent research focuses on the reception of Greek athletics in the Roman empire and the representation of Greek mythology in Roman art.

Recent Publications

* Greek Athletics in the Roman World. Victory and Virtue (Oxford University Press, 2005)
* 'Reading Programs in Graeco-Roman Art: reflections on the Spada reliefs' in The Roman Gaze. Vision, Power and the Body, ed. D. Fredrick (Baltimore, 2002), 110-48
* 'Greek athletics as Roman spectacle: the mosaics from Ostia and Rome', Papers of the British School at Rome(2002).
* 'Art and Identity in Asia Minor' in Provincial Art and Roman Imperialismeds S. Scott & J. Webster (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 192-213.
* 'Sculptural Display in the so-called Palaestra of Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli' , Römische Mitteilungen 109 (2002), 59-82.
* ?Testing the boundaries of ekphrasis: Lucian On the Hall?, Ramus 31 (2002) 126?35

Forthcoming Publications

* 'Absorption and erudition in Philostratus' Imagines' in Philostratus eds., E. Bowie & J. Elsner with R. Leader-Newby (eds.) Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2006),
* Athletics in the Ancient World (Duckworth, 2006)

Dr Alison Cooley, University of Warwick


"Dr Cooley is interested in all aspects of the Roman world - social, cultural, economic, and political. Her research focuses upon Roman Italy in particular, and upon the use of inscriptions in both ancient and modern times. Recent books include a study of the spread of Latin in the inscriptions of the Roman West and an archaeological history of Pompeii. She contributes a regular series of short articles on Pompeii to the magazine Omnibus. She is currently working on two major projects, a new edition of the Res Gestae and the Cambridge Handbook to Latin Epigraphy (both Cambridge University Press). In 2004 she was awarded The Butterworth Memorial Teaching Award by the University."

Recent Publications:

Forthcoming Publications

  • Entry on ?Inscriptions? (jointly with G.J. Oliver) in The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome, edd. E. Bispham, T. Harrison, B. Sparkes
  • ?Beyond Rome and Latium: Roman religion in the age of Augustus?, in C. Schultz & P. B. Harvey, eds Numen Adsit (CUP: Yale Classical Studies)