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Dr Jerry Toner

Dr Jerry Toner

Fellow and Director of Studies at Churchill College

Director of Studies at Hughes Hall

Churchill College
Cambridge
CB3 0DS

Areas of expertise

Ancient History (C):

Research Interests

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.

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.

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Unveiling the Invisible: Analysing Roman pottery

Feb 25, 2021

Archaeologists Alessandro Launaro, Senior Lecturer, and Ninetta Leone, Research Associate, have been working as members of the Cambridge MACH group to develop mathematical approaches to the classification of Roman pottery, part of the “Unveiling the Invisible” project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of John Easterling

Feb 23, 2021

A Fellow of Trinity from 1958, and Secretary of Trinity College Council for very many years, John was a University Assistant Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) before he was appointed to the Office of University Draftsman at the Old Schools. John died on 23 February after a long illness.

Facilitating school visits and learning Latin with MoCA

Feb 23, 2021

Justyna Ladosz, Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, explains how she continues to facilitate lessons for school groups whilst the Museum remains closed, and how the Faculty’s students continue to deliver the Learn Latin with MoCA project.

Rebecca Flemming has been appointed a Joukowsky Lecturer

Feb 23, 2021

Dr Rebecca Flemming, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Jesus College, has been appointed as a Joukowsky Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for 2020-21. Rebecca also recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time discussing the Justinianic Plague.

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