People

Dr Ralph Anderson – Greek religion; ancient religious experience; anthropology of religion.

Dr Andrea Brock – My work integrates the literary record on early Rome with new archaeological evidence, in order to produce an environmental and topographical reconstruction of Rome’s river valley. As director of the Forum Boarium Project, I have conducted a coring survey of the city’s original river harbour and harbour sanctuary. My research is revealing new insights on the effects of environmental stress—in particular frequent flooding and rapid sedimentation in the river valley—on Rome’s urbanization process, as well as the scale of landscape change that occurred alongside urban development from the sixth century BCE onwards.

Dr Jon Coulston – Part of my research revolves around conflict landscape archaeology. I have published on the archaeological record for Roman and later conflicts, both structural (mainly sieges, e.g. Dura-Europos, c. AD 253) and artefactual (both sieges and open conflicts). I avoid ‘battlefield’ as a term because it excludes the broader implications of conflict over wider spaces; Roman conflicts (e.g. Kalkriese, AD 9; Harzhorn, AD 230s), and later theatres of war (e.g. Vienna, 1683), actually encompass great swathes of landscape. This aspect of landscape archaeology holds immense potential for public engagement and impact, combining survey and recording methodologies which are diachronically applicable.

Dr Tom Geue – I have written on animality in Roman satire and on the politics of theriomorphy in Virgil’s Georgics. I am interested in the possibilities and limitations of the body of theory known as ‘posthumanism.’

Professor Tom Harrison – Greek representation of foreign landscapes (esp. within Herodotus’ Histories); the relationship of Greek religion and the physical environment (esp. divination, and ideas of the landscape as divinely occupied); Nineteenth-century engagement with identifying ancient landscapes (‘historical geography’), and the history of scholarship on ancient geography (esp. J.L. Myres); the reception of Herodotean geography.

Dr Dawn Hollis – I completed my PhD, ‘Rethinking Mountains: Ascents, Aesthetics, and Environment in Early Modern Europe’ in the School of History at St Andrews before moving into the School of Classics as postdoctoral researcher on Professor Jason König’s project on Mountains in Ancient Literature and Culture and their Postclassical Reception. I am interested both in past experiences of landscape and in the development of historiographical conceptions – or misconceptions – of these experiences.

Dr Alice König – ancient scientific and technical writing, Roman imperial administration, architecture (Vitruvius), aqueducts (Frontinus) and Roman land surveying.

Professor Jason König – I am currently working among other things on ancient representations of landscape and the environment. The main focus of that work is a on a book on the representation of mountains in ancient literature and culture. The project is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant, entitled ‘Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception’. I am particularly interested in exploring the opportunities and challenges involved in bringing ancient Greek and Roman literature into dialogue with approaches from ecocriticism and the environmental humanities.

Dr Sian Lewis – I am interested in exploring and complicating our understanding of past human-animal interactions. My current research project is a study of animals (including humans) in the ancient Mediterranean, drawing on ecology and biology to reconstruct the animal world of antiquity.

Dr Carlos Machado – The city of Rome, cities in Late Antiquity and religious landscapes/topography.

Dr Eóin O’Donoghue – Etruscan, Roman, and Punic archaeology and history.

Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis – My research interests in the Classical landscape fall into two main areas. First, travel and pilgrimage in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and their representation in texts and images; and exploring the way that natural and manmade landscapes (including pilgrimage routes and sanctuary layouts) structure the phenomenology of travel. Second, travel and archaeology in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, particularly in Greece; exploring literary and visual depictions of travel, the landscape, and its archaeological exploration.

Dr Ruben Post – I am an ancient historian of the Greek world interested in the interplay between the myriad ecological and economic forces that impacted ancient people’s lives, from climate and disease to money and law. To illuminate such interactions, I integrate varied evidence types, including environmental proxies, archaeological survey, coinage, and ethnographic research, with the more traditional sources such as literary texts, inscriptions, and excavation archaeology. My main project as Leventis Senior Research Fellow is a book-length examination of the impact of climate change on Aegean societies from the end of the Bronze Age until the advent of the Roman Empire, outlining the prospects and problems of studying the impact of climate change on ancient Greek societies.

Dr Matthew Skuse – An important part of my research is the examination of landscapes of ritual practice and the imagination of distant (especially Nilotic) ritual landscapes. Currently, I am concentrating on two sites. The first is the harbour sanctuary of Hera at Perachora, near Corinth, which will be the subject of my first monograph. I am also an Associate Investigator for the Perachora Peninsula Archaeological Project (led by Susan Lupack of MacQuarie University), which is currently conducting survey work on the peninsula beyond the temenos of the sanctuary. The second site at the centre of my research is the acropolis sanctuary of Stymphalos, where I am participating in the publication of the site and its finds (led by Hector Williams and Gerald Schaus, for the Canadian Institute in Greece). Both sanctuaries suggest unexpected interactions of cult practitioners and the landscape, which promise to challenge reductive renderings of the cult-environment interaction.

Professor Christopher Smith – Archaeology of archaic and Republican Italy. Projects include the completion of the publication of the Tiber Valley Project, a major landscape archaeology initiative, and collaboration with British, Italian and Dutch scholars on a combined database of field survey evidence from the Tiber Valley, Suburbium of Rome and Pontine Region.

Professor Rebecca Sweetman – Archaeology of Roman & Late Antique Greece. I have a background in survey archaeology and my research began in Crete where I worked on mosaics in their wider architectural, topographic and social contexts. My interests in landscape and how people interacted with it in terms of location of sites and movement between them led to the development of projects on Christianization processes in the Roman and Late Antique periods. Recent projects have focused on the Topography of Late Antique churches (in the Peloponnese, Crete, Cyprus and Lycia) and how this reveals a gradual Christianization process. My current focus is on island archaeology and connectivity. To this end I am working on the archaeology of the Cyclades in the Roman and Late Antique periods.