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  5. Greek and Roman material culture

Greek and Roman material culture

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The Department of Classical Studies has distinctive expertise in the material culture of the ancient world. Staff research in this area covers a wide range of topics, including votive offerings from ancient sanctuaries, the archaeology of Etruscan Italy, and Roman funerary monuments. The members of the Material Culture research cluster share an interest in placing the objects, sites and monuments of antiquity into their broader social contexts, identifying how they have shaped (and been shaped by) the ideas and practices of different cultures. Our work is marked by a commitment to interdisciplinary activities, whether this be ‘reading’ images alongside literary texts, or applying anthropological and scientific approaches to the study of the classical past. We are involved in a number of national and international collaborations, and organise excavations and conferences with a range of partner institutions.

We welcome applications in areas which correspond with current staff research interests. We look for detailed and well thought-out proposals, which set out specific research questions and outline the originality of your topic or approach. If you would like to discuss your ideas informally before submitting an application, please contact the department.

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil

Fees:

For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • The archaeology of Roman Italy and Etruria
  • Pre-Roman Italy and the Etruscans
  • Greek and Roman art, especially its social and religious uses
  • Roman funerary traditions and monuments
  • The classical body
  • The reception of Greek and Roman art

Current / recent research projects

  • Roman seal boxes
  • Non-elite housing in Roman Italy

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Name:
Dr Ursula Rothe
Email:
arts-classics-gen-enquiries@open.ac.uk
Phone:
+44 (0)1908 653247

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.