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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  http://www.reproduction.group.cam.ac.uk/studying/.

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

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Jul 31, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: the Scared Lion

Jul 31, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Meet the Romans

Aug 08, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Journey to the End of the World

Aug 15, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Aug 17, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Details of this year’s Laurence seminar, Freedom of speech, censorship and the ancient world, are now available online.

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Information on the next round of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is now available online.

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