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Dr Rebecca Flemming

Dr  Rebecca Flemming

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)

Fellow of Jesus College

Joukowsky Lecturer (Archaeological Institute of America): 2020-2021

Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL
Office Phone: 01223 761560 (College), 335158 (Faculty)
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Office Phone: 01223 761560 (College), 335158 (Faculty)

Research Interests

Social and cultural history of the Roman Empire; Ancient medicine; Women, sexuality and gender: ancient and modern; Roman religion; Historiography, comparative history, and historical theory.

Research Supervision

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

 

 

Key Publications

Books

Medicine and Markets in the Graeco-Roman World and Beyond. Essays on Ancient Medicine in Honour of Vivian Nutton, co-edited with Laurence Totelin (Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2020)

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 and Articles

‘Fertility control in ancient Rome’, Women’s History Review 2020
https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2020.1833491

 ‘(The wrong kind of) Gonorrhea in Antiquity’, in Simon Szreter (ed.), The Hidden Affliction: Sexually Transmitted Infections and Infertility in History (Rochester, NY, University of Rochester Press, 2019), 43-67

Galen and the plague’, in C. Petit (ed.), Galen's Treatise Περ λυπίας (De indolentia) in Context (Leiden: Brill, 2018), 219-244
https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004383302_011

‘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

‘The invention of infertility in the classical Greek world: medicine, divinity, and gender’, Bulletin of the History of Medicine 87(2013), 565-590. doi: 10.1353/bhm.2013.0064

‘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

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

‘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

‘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

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Upcoming events

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Spring 2021 Sather Series to include Mary Beard and MM McCabe

Jan 22, 2021

This year’s annual series of Sather Lectures will be delivered virtually by four previous Sather Professors, including Mary Beard, Professor of Classics and Fellow of Newnham College and MM McCabe, Professor of Ancient Philosophy Emerita, King's College London, and Honorary Fellow of Jesus College.

Access & Outreach coordinator

Jan 18, 2021

Details of how to apply for this post are now available online. Closing date 11 February 2021.

Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

Jan 13, 2021

An online corpus of more than 2,000 inscriptions in Greek and Latin of the Roman period from Cyrenaica (eastern Libya), of which Joyce Reynolds is the Principal Author has been published to mark her 102nd birthday.

Dr. Neil Hopkinson

Jan 08, 2021

The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of Dr. Neil Hopkinson (1957–2021).

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