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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

Recitativo: Fragments - after Lucretius and Negri

Oct 20, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oct 21, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Incredible India: Sanskrit Myths and Truths

Oct 21, 2017

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology

It's a Kind of Magic

Oct 24, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Faculty Archivist (part-time)

Oct 10, 2017

The Faculty wishes to recruit a part-time Archivist who will be responsible for the management and care of its archive collections

Kenyon Medal awarded to Joyce Reynolds

Sep 28, 2017

The Kenyon Medal in 2017 has been awarded to Joyce Reynolds FBA for her lifetime's contribution to the research and study of Roman epigraphy.

Postgraduate Open Day Saturday 18 November 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Details of the 2017 Faculty of Classics Postgraduate Open Day are now available online:

Major archaeological discovery near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece

Sep 12, 2017

The Times newspaper reports on excavations this summer at Prosilio near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece, conducted by the Ministry of Culture & Sports of Greece/Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia and of the British School at Athens/University of Cambridge

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