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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

Research Interests

I work on ideas about gender, the body, and representation, both within the ancient world and beyond. I am also interested in feminist and interdisciplinary approaches to the study of women in the ancient world.  

Other Professional Activities

I hold a Graduate Museum Assistant Bursary at the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge. I am responsible for integrating the British Museum's analysis of objects in our collection from Naukratis, Egypt, into MOCA's new digital catalogue. 

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

Conference and seminar papers

'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

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

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New Collection Videos

Mar 31, 2020

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is pleased to announce the first in a series of short videos on objects in the collection, featuring the Faculty's own Prof Caroline Vout.

Building Closure

Mar 20, 2020

The Faculty Building is closed from 5 pm on Friday 20 March until further notice.

Coronavirus guidance

Feb 06, 2020

A link to the College and University guidance on the Coronavirus is available here

CREWS: Visiting Fellowship focused on the study of ancient writing systems

Jan 22, 2020

Details of how to apply for this Visiting Fellowship are now available online. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Monday, 17th February 2020

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