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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

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Oct 15, 2015


The B Club

Oct 19, 2015


Art under Fire: Art Crime in Times of War and Peace

Oct 20, 2015

Classics Faculty, room G19 AND Museum of Classical Archaeology

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Oct 22, 2015


Casts by Candlelight

Oct 23, 2015

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Upcoming events

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German History Journal's Best Article of 2015

Sep 14, 2015

The Faculty is very proud to announce that Dr Helen Roche has been awarded the Best Article of 2015 prize by the journal German History for her article, 'Surviving Stunde Null: Narrating the fate of Nazi elite-school pupils during the collapse of the Third Reich'.

Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

Sep 07, 2015

Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art

Aug 19, 2015

A colossal polystyrene statue of Hercules by contemporary artist Matt Darbyshire will be the star exhibit in a new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum exploring the story of classical art.

Classics in Communities Conference (19 Sept 2015)

Jul 30, 2015

This conference aims to bring together all those interested in the teaching and learning of Latin and Greek in schools, colleges, universities and communities in the UK and around the world. Building on the success of the first ‘Classics in Communities’ conference in Oxford in November 2013, the themes of this year’s conference will include: widening access to Classical languages; emerging practices in Classics pedagogies; improving community cohesion through Classics; the cross-curricular value of Classical languages and the appeal/merits of non-linguistic Classics. Keynote speakers will be Tim Whitmarsh, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and Tom Holland, celebrated British novelist and ancient historian.

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