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Sarah Sheard

Sarah Sheard

Supervisor: Professor Caroline Vout

College: Peterhouse

Thesis title (preliminary): The female body in Roman visual culture

Trumpington Street


  • 2013-2016: BA (Hons) Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Homerton College, Cambridge
  • 2017: MPhil Classics; Newnham College, Cambridge
  • 2018-present: PhD Classics; Peterhouse, Cambridge

I am funded by a Peterhouse Graduate Studentship, and have previously received awards from the Newton Trust, Newnham College, and the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge.

Research Interests

  • gender and sexuality
  • the body
  • visual and material culture 
  • feminist and interdisciplinary approaches to the ancient world

Other Professional Activities

In 2019/20 I held a Graduate Museum Assistant Bursary at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge, during which I integrated analysis of objects from Naukratis, Egypt, into MOCA's new digital catalogue. 

I was President of Peterhouse Graduate Society for 2019/2020.

I currently supervise undergraduates at various colleges for preliminary, part I and II papers on Greco-Roman art and archaeology.

Conference and seminar papers

'Sitting women: a new way of reading gender in wall paintings from Pompeii', Classical Art and Archaeology Seminar, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge: 3rd November 2020.

'A shield for a hand-mirror: Pompeian frescoes of Thetis in Hephaestus' smithy', Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge: 1st May 2020.

'Breast is best: gender and power in images of Pero and Micon', Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge: 31st January 2020.

Saxea ut effigies bacchantis: re-evaluating Ariadne in Roman visual culture’: Perspectives of Classical Archaeology 2019 Conference (PeClA), Charles University, Prague: 16-17th December 2019.

‘Fishing for Compliments? Gendering Narcissus and Venus at Pompeii’: Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge: 18th October 2019.

‘Corpse-goddess-doll: ivory figurines from early imperial Italy’: Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge: 26th April 2019.

‘Women on top?’: Richerche a Confronto (RAC), University of Edinburgh: 19th March 2019.

 ‘A re-examination of the Projecta casket’: Annual Classical Association Conference, University of Leicester: 6-9 April 2018.

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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Professor Beard's new series, Inside Culture, broadcasts on 24 September

Sep 23, 2020

Professor Mary Beard is starting a new series of her Arts and Culture programme, now called "Inside Culture" on BBC2 (7.30 pm Thursday 24 Sept).

UK universities 2021 – Guardian league table

Sep 09, 2020

Cambridge Classics maintains its place at the top of the Guardian league table

Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies: Professor Cartledge

Jul 27, 2020

The Faculty congratulates Professor Paul Cartledge on becoming President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (the Hellenic Society) in June. Among his predecessors are Professor Easterling, Professor Osborne, and Professor Schofield.

Cambridge Classical Studies Series & Gold Open Access

Jul 01, 2020

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to have reached an agreement with Cambridge University Press by which, for the next three years, five volumes a year in the Cambridge Classical Studies Series (monographs on Classical topics written by academics working in or recently trained in Cambridge) will be published Gold Open Access without charge to the author or the Faculty. This is a significant initiative, designed to maximise the impact of the excellent Classical research being done in Cambridge.

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