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Faculty of Classics

 

Research

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.

Publications

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

Teaching and Supervisions

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.

 

 

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)
Fellow of Jesus College
Joukowsky Lecturer (Archaeological Institute of America): 2020-2021
Dr  Rebecca  Flemming

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