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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

''I Haven't Got a Stitch to Wear': the limits of borrowing Venus' body in Roman sculpture': 'Fashionable Bodies' seminar series, Cambridge Body and Food Histories: 26th February 2021.

'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

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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).

New Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Jan 06, 2021

Caroline Vout begins her term as Director of the Museum of Classical Archaeology.

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