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Dr Rebecca Flemming

Dr  Rebecca Flemming

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)

Fellow of Jesus College

Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL
Office Phone: 01223 761560 (College), 335158 (Faculty)

Research Interests

Social and cultural history of the Roman Empire; Ancient medicine; Women and gender: ancient and modern; Roman religion; Historiography, comparative history, and historical theory.

Research Supervision

Recent topics supervised: Sibylline Books; Hippocratic treatise On Breaths; Augustan religion.

Dr Flemming is one of the holders of the Wellcome Strategic Award, ‘Generation to Reproduction’ (2009-2014). The themes of this project include fertility and healing sanctuaries/shrines, debating generation in the ancient and late antique worlds, and the demographics of imperial cities. For PhD and MPhil studentships available associated with this award, see

Key Publications

‘Commentary’, in R.J. Hankinson (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Galen (Cambridge: CUP, 2008), 323-354

‘Galen’s imperial order of knowledge’, in J. König and T. Whitmarsh (eds), Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire ( Cambridge : CUP, 2007), 241-277    

‘Women, writing, and medicine in the classical world’, Classical Quarterly 57 (2007), 257-279 

‘Festus and women’s role in Roman religion’, in F. Glinister and C. Wood (eds.), Verrius, Festus and Paul (Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplement 93, 2007) 87-108

 ‘Suicide, euthanasia and medicine: reflections ancient and modern’, Economy and Society 32 (2005), 295-321

‘Empires of knowledge: medicine and health in the Hellenistic World’, in A. Erskine (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Hellenistic World ( Oxford : Blackwell, 2003), 449-463  

‘The pathology of pregnancy in Galen’s commentaries on the Hippocratic Epidemics’, in V. Nutton (ed.), The Unknown Galen (Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Supplement 77, 2002), 101-112

‘The physicians at the feast: the place of medical knowledge at Athenaeus’ dinner-table’, in D. Braund and J. Wilkins (eds.), Athenaeus and his World (Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2000), 476-482

Medicine and the Making of Roman Women: Gender, Nature, and Authority from Celsus to Galen (Oxford: OxfordUniversityPress, 2000)

Quae corpore quaestum facit: the sexual economy of female prostitution in the Roman Empire ’, Journal of Roman Studies 89 (1999), 38-61

Upcoming events

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 24, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Happy Families?

Oct 25, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 25, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Literature Seminar

Oct 26, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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