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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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Latest news

‘Digital Thessaly' project

24 May 2022

The British School at Athens and Archives of the Faculty of Classics and Pembroke College are pleased to announce that the first phase of the project ‘Digital Thessaly’ has been completed. Funded by Cambridge Digital Humanities, this project reunites on BSA Digital Collections Alan Wace’s research notebooks that formed the...

Teaching Associate in Ancient History

24 May 2022

Details of how to apply for this full time, fixed term post are now available online: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/34954/

Museum Education and Outreach Coordinator

17 May 2022

Details of how to apply of this part time, fixed term post are now available online. https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/35015/ Closing date: 20 June 2022.

New Assistant Professors of Classics

8 April 2022

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Assistant Professors of Classics who will join the Faculty in Michaelmas 2022. This is the largest number of simultaneous new appointments for some time: Dr Laura Castelli Dr Lea Niccolai Dr Shushma Malik Dr Henry Spelman We look forward to welcoming them to...