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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 and current PhD topics supervised: Late antique gynaecology; Military treatises in the Roman Empire; Impaired consciousness in ancient medicine; Politics and the Past in Imperial Transitions.

 

Key Publications

Books

Reproduction: Antiquity to the Present Day, co-edited with N. Hopwood and L. Kassell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

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

Essays

Galen and the plague’, in C. Petit (ed.), Galen's Treatise Περὶ Ἀλυπίας (De indolentia) in Context (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 219-244

‘Galen and the Christians: Texts and authority in the second century AD’, in J. Carleton Paget and J. Lieu (Eds.), Christianity in the Second Century: Themes and Developments (Cambridge: CUP, 2017), 171-187    

‘Wombs for the gods’, in J. Draycott and E-J. Graham (eds.), Bodies of Evidence: Ancient Anatomical Votives Past, Present and Future (London: Routledge, 2017), 112-130.  

‘Anatomical votives: Popular Medicine in Republican Italy?’, in W. V. Harris (ed.), Popular Medicine in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (Leiden: Brill, 2016), 105-125

‘Identity Registration in the Classical Mediterranean World’, in K. Breckenridge and S. Szreter (eds.), Registration and Recognition: Documenting the Person in World History (Oxford: British Academy Proceedings 182, 2012), 169-190

‘Antiochus and Asclepiades: medical and philosophical sectarianism at the end of the Hellenistic era’, in D. Sedley (ed.), The Philosophy of Antiochus (Cambridge: CUP, 2012), 55-79

‘Demiurge and emperor in Galen’s world of knowledge’, in C. Gill, T. Whitmarsh and J. Wilkins (eds.), Galen and the World of Knowledge (Cambridge: CUP, 2009), 59-84   

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

‘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

 Articles

‘The invention of infertility in the classical Greek world: medicine, divinity, and gender’, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87(2013), 565-590.

‘Pliny and the pathologies of empire’, Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 14 (2010), 1-24

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

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

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

Upcoming events

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Apr 25, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

May 16, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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New Collection Videos

Mar 31, 2020

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is pleased to announce the first in a series of short videos on objects in the collection, featuring the Faculty's own Prof Caroline Vout.

Building Closure

Mar 20, 2020

The Faculty Building is closed from 5 pm on Friday 20 March until further notice.

Coronavirus guidance

Feb 06, 2020

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CREWS: Visiting Fellowship focused on the study of ancient writing systems

Jan 22, 2020

Details of how to apply for this Visiting Fellowship are now available online. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Monday, 17th February 2020

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