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Dr Caroline Vout

Dr Caroline Vout

University Reader in Classics; Fellow of Christ's College

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

Office Phone: 01223 767501 (Faculty), 334923 (College)

Research Interests

Forthcoming publications include 'Art and the decadent city', in Bartsch et al. (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Nero (CUP); 'Romantic visions: collecting, display and homosexual self-fashioning', in J. Ingleheart (ed.) Ancient Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities (OUP), 'Lucan, Statius and the piercing eroticism of war', in Lee Fratantuono (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Latin Epic, 14-96 CE, 'The error or Roman aesthetics', in B. Dufallo, Roman Error (OUP), 'The complex Classicisms of Pater's short stories', in C. Martindale et al. (eds.) Pater the Classicist (OUP) and 'Contraception in the Roman Empire' in C. M. Kelly (ed.) Keith Hopkins: the Pattern of Empire (CUP). I am currently on a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship writing a monograph entitled, Classical Art: A Life History. I am also curator of the exhibition, 'Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art' which opens at the Fitzwilliam Museum on 25 September 2015.

Research Supervision

Recent PhD topics include: Representations of the humpback in Greco-Roman culture; Visualising Rome's Foundation myths; Neo-classicism reassessed; Violence in Roman art; The non-ideal body in Roman rhetoric and historiography; Roman gems in context; Classics and contemporary art; modern concepts of heritage and the material culture of ancient Rome.

Recent MPhil areas include: Roman cultural history; Greek and Roman visual culture; reception studies

Other Professional Activities

Editor of Omnibus and the antiquities section of Perspective (journal of the National Institute of the History of Art, Paris)

Key Publications


2013 Sex on Show: Seeing the Erotic in Greece and Rome. British Museum Press and University of California Press

2013 Co-edited with Helen Lovatt, Epic Visions. Cambridge University Press

2012 The Hills of Rome: Signature of an Eternal City. Cambridge University Press

2007 Power and Eroticism in Imperial Rome. Cambridge University Press

2006 Antinous: the Face of the Antique (catalogue to accompany exhibition of ancient sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute, Leeds, 25 May to 27 August 2006)

Selected articles

2014 Entries on John Gibsonʼs ʻThe Hours Leading the Horses of the Sunʼ and ʻPhaeton, ʻBruccianiʼs casts of the Parthenon friezeʼ, ʻLaocoon by the Barbedienne Foundryʼ, ʻFrederic Leightonʼs ʻAthlete Wrestling a python", ʻVincenzo Gemitoʼs ʻNarcissus" and ʻTommaso Sauliniʼs ʻPhaeton driving the Horses of the sun", in M. Droth, J. Edwards and M. Hatt (edd.) Sculpture Victorious: Art in the Age of Invention, 1837-1901. New Haven. 

2014 ʻThe funerary altar of Pedana and the rhetoric of unreachabilityʼ, in J. Elsner and M. Meyer (edd.) Art and Rhetoric in Roman Culture. Cambridge University Press: 288-315.

2014 'Gender Studies', in C. Marconi (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Architecture. Oxford University Press: 600-20.

2013 'Biography', in T. Hubbard (ed.) A Companion to Greek and Roman Sexualities. Oxford. 446-62.

2013 'La "nudité héroïque" et le corps de la "femme athlete" dans la culture grecque et romaine', in F. Gherchanoc and V. Huet (edd.) Vêtements antiques: s'habiller, se déshabiller dans les mondes anciens'. Paris, 2013: 239-52.

2013 'Epic in the round', in H. Lovatt and C. Vout (edd.) Epic Visions: Visuality and the Latin Epic and its Reception. Cambridge University Press: 191-217.

2013, 'Face to face with fiction: portraiture and the biographical tradition', in M. Ledbury (ed.) Fictions of Art History. Williamstown, MA: 71-86.

2013 Entries on 'Nudity', 'The seven hills of Rome' and 'Love: (conjugal, filial, romantic)', in R. Bagnall et al. (edd.) Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford, 2013.

2013 'Tiberius and the invention of succession' in A. G. G. Gibson, The Julio-Claudian Succession: Reality and the Perception of the 'Augustan Model'. Leiden: 59-78.

2012 'Treasure, not trash: The Disney sculpture and its place in the history of collecting', Journal of the History of Collections 24.3: 309 – 326.

2012 ''Unfinished business: re-viewing Medea in Roman painting', Ramus 41: 119-143.

2011 'Putting the art into artefact', in S. Alcock and R. Osborne (edd.) Classical Archaeology 442-67.

2010 'From the ancient world to world art', World Art 1.1: 135-41.

2010 'Hadrian, Hellenism and the social history of art', Arion 18.2: 55-78.

2010 'Laocoon's children and the limits of representation', Art History 33.3: 397-419.

2010 'Toga' in S. Settis et al. (edd.) The Classical Tradition: a Guide. Harvard University Press: 938.

2009 'Representing the emperor', in A. Feldherr (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians. 261-75.

2009 'The Satyrica and Neronian culture', in J. Prag and I. Repath (edd.) Petronius: a Handbook. Wiley-Blackwell: 101-13.

2008 'The art of damnatio memoriae' in S. Benoist (ed.)  Un discours en images. Metz: 153-172.

2007 'Sizing up Rome or theorising the overview', in D. Larmour and D. Spencer (eds.) The Sites of Rome: Time, Space and Memory. Oxford University Press
: 295-322.

2007 'Greek and Roman Art', in The Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender. New York, Macmillan.

2006 'Winckelmann and Antinous', Cambridge Classical Journal/Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 52: 139-62.

2006 'What's in a beard? Rethinking Hadrian's hellenism', in S. Goldhill and R. Osborne (edd.) Rethinking Revolutions through Ancient Greece. Cambridge University Press: 96-123.

2005 'Antinous, Archaeology and History', Journal of Roman Studies 95
: 80-96.

2004 'A revision of Hadrian's portraiture', in L. du Blois et al. (eds.) The Representation and Perception of Imperial Power. Amsterdam: 442-57.

2003 'Embracing Egypt', in C. Edwards and G. Woolf (eds.) Rome: the Cosmopolis. Cambridge University Press
: 177-202.

1996 'The myth of the toga: understanding the history of Roman dress', Greece and Rome 43.2: 204-20.


I have published reviews in Art History, Times Literary Supplement, Journal of Roman Studies, Journal of Hellenic Studies, The Classical Review, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Ancient West and East, Perspective, Urban History, The European Review of History, Hermathena, History Today, The Burlington, The Journal of Religious History and Gnomon and written pieces for Apollo, Minerva and the Observer.

Upcoming events

Philology Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.11, Classics Faculty

Literature Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.04, Classics Faculty

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Project Archivist (Mycenae Archive)

Nov 09, 2015

The Faculty wishes to recruit a fixed term Archivist as part of the Mycenae Archive Project from 01 January 2016. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for more information

Calais Collection

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Many thanks to all those who donated so generously to the collection for Calais refugees - in just over a week we collected around 40 bags of winter clothing and equipment!

Classics? (Wed 4 November 2015, 6-7.15pm)

Oct 27, 2015

Held at the British Academy and chaired by Professor Oliver Taplin FBA, University of Oxford, this lecture will delve into the study of Classics today, nationally and internationally, now and in the future – from philology to interdisciplinarity, from nostalgia to impact with Professor Mary Beard FBA. Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists: her BBC TV series Meet the Romans aired in 2012, and she writes an engaging and thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2015

Oct 20, 2015

The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of a Philip Leverhulme prize to Renaud Gagné, University Reader in Ancient Greek Literature and Religion. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.Each prize has a value of £100,000. Congratulations Renaud!

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