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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

'Designing Women on Roman Funerary Altars', ACE Work in Progress Seminar Series, University of Liverpool: 4th March 2021.

''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.

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Publication of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon

Mar 31, 2021

The much-anticipated Cambridge Greek Lexicon will be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on 8th April 2021.

Professor Paul Cartledge receives one of Greece’s highest honours

Mar 30, 2021

Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, received the Commander of the Order of Honour (Ταξιάρχης τῆς Τιμῆς), for his 'contribution to enhancing Greece's stature abroad'.

Teaching Classics in the time of Covid-19

Mar 02, 2021

Dr Renaud Gagné, Director of Undergraduate Studies, discusses the on-going challenges and adaptations made by the Faculty as the Covid-19 crisis continues and Lent term began under a renewed lockdown.

Research in Lockdown: fieldwork postponed

Mar 01, 2021

Rachel Phillips describes some of the challenges faced during the pandemic by doctoral students engaged in full time research.

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