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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

Conservation Week: Medusa, the Return

Dec 10, 2019

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Philology and Linguistics

Feb 19, 2020

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The Corbett Lecture 2019

Feb 24, 2020

G.19

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

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2020

Nov 15, 2019

Details of how to apply for this scheme are now available online.

Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History

Oct 30, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Caroline Vout has been appointed to the Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History, a visiting professorship at the University of Leiden. The appointment is for five years from Michaelmas 2019.

Myles Burnyeat

Sep 23, 2019

The Faculty is very sorry to have to report the death, aged 80, of Myles Burnyeat, Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy from 1984 to 1996, and honorary Fellow of Robinson, on Friday 20th September.

2019 Gifford Lectures

Jun 04, 2019

Professor Beard's Gifford Lectures (University of Edinburgh), on The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics, are now available on line.

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