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Faculty of Classics

 

Research

My research looks at Roman social and cultural history, with a focus on trying to look at history 'from below'. I'm also interested in sensory history, disasters, and the use of Classics to create various imagery and stereotypes relating to subordinate groups.

Publications

Key publications: 

Homer's Turk: How Classics Shaped Ideas of the East (Harvard University Press, 2013) which shows how historians and travel writers have used classical sources to help create various images of Islam and the Orient.

Roman Disasters (Polity Press, 2013) looks at the important role that disasters played in Roman life and culture, ranging from floods and fires to warfare and famine.

Popular Culture in Ancient Rome, Polity Press, 2009, analyses the life of the non-elite in Roman society.

Leisure and Ancient Rome, Polity Press, 1995, looks at the important role leisure in various forms played in Roman society at all levels.

Fellow and Director of Studies at Churchill College
Director of Studies at Hughes Hall
Dr Jerry  Toner

Contact Details

Churchill College
Cambridge
CB3 0DS
Not available for consultancy

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Latest news

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon

10 May 2021

A celebration of the publication of the much-anticipated Cambridge Greek Lexicon on YouTube. Emeritus Professor James Diggle, Editor-in-Chief, details the background and highlights of the project. Pippa Steele, Gábor Betegh, Hannah Willey, Richard Hunter and Carrie Vout each offer brief reflections on an individual Greek...

Athena SWAN

10 May 2021

The Faculty is pleased to announce that its application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award has been successful.

The Museum of Classical Archaeology invites applications for a Collections Engagement Intern

6 May 2021

The Museum of Classical Archaeology invites applications for a Collections Engagement Intern. This is a paid opportunity. Length of Internship 2.5 days per week for 12 weeks. The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 7 June 2021. Purpose of Internship The intern will help us to clean and transfer the data we hold on...

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is reopening on Tuesday 18 May

29 April 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Museum of Classical Archaeology intends to reopen to the public on Tuesday 18 May. We have missed our visitors and are excited to welcome you back as restrictions ease. Opening Hours Tuesday-Friday: 11am-2pm Saturday: 2-5pm ( university-term only ) Sunday and Monday: Closed Bank Holidays...