Dr Richard Flower explains what it's like to study for your Classics PhD at Exeter.
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The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Exeter are centres of excellence for teaching and research across a broad and diverse range of interests within our disciplines. We are a dynamic and friendly team who offer intellectually challenging and wide-ranging teaching, and a flourishing research culture.
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My research interests range widely across Greek history of the archaic and classical periods. I am, in essence, a political historian, although I am interested in the impact of social relations on Greek politics.
I also have interests in Greek identity and relationships with the non-Greek world, especially as expressed through literature and the visual arts. I am also interested in the development of Greek constitutions and Greek constitutional forms, and the early attempts to find a theoretical framework in which they could be understood.
My research deals with the late Iron Age to Roman transition in north-west Europe, and the application of quantitative methods to studying artefacts and material culture. I have particular interests in the consumption of both food and 'things' in general, and how circulating material culture can inform our understanding of globalising processes.
Ideas of mass migration are crucial to the understanding of our globally-linked 21st century world. But the phenomenon is far from being uniquely modern. The ancient world too was born from patterns of extensive movements of people, some of them en masse. A number of my articles and a major monograph on the subject challenge prevailing conceptions of a natural tie to the land and a demographically settled world.
My research interests include Latin literature and Roman culture: Morality, exempla and heroic tales, especially the work of Valerius Maximus; gender and sexuality in the ancient world; and the reception of Classics from the Renaissance to the present day, particularly as it relates to the history of sexuality and the erotic.
My research focuses on the art and archaeology of the Greek and Roman world, and is characterised by an interdisciplinary and contextual approach. Key interests include: The ideologies and value systems of the Romans as they are expressed through images (especially portraiture and funerary art), architecture, and epigraphy; The language and 'rhetoric' of Greek and Roman images and the relationship between image and text; Inter-cultural relationships, in particular the multi-cultural society of Roman Egypt; Geo-archaeology, in particular marble provenance analyses, which contribute to our understanding of ancient economies.
My particular research interests lie in Greek and Roman drama, ancient literary criticism, fragmentary and lost works, and the idea of 'quotation culture' in the ancient world (that is, the ways in which literature was quoted, deployed or manipulated in a variety of different contexts).
Our current PhD students
We're proud of the research carried out by our PhD students. There are currently around 15 PhD students in Classics and Ancient History, many of whom maintain an online personal profile detailing their research activities. Follow the links below to find out more about them and their research projects.
|Student||Research title||Lead supervisor|
|Andrea Argenti||Aristotle's Metaphysics Z from the Standpoint of his Theory of Definition||Dr Gabriele Galluzzo|
|Luigi Barzini||Frogs and Bacchae: civil violence, mystery rituals and theatre in the last year of the polis.||Professor Lynette Mitchell|
|Paul Dean||The parode less travelled: Parôidia and the discourse of Homeric reception||Professor Matthew Wright|
|Taylor Fitzgerald||The Use of Dynastic Connections in Representations of Imperial Legitimacy, AD 284-366||Dr Richard Flower|
|Maria Gisella Giannone||Democracy in Fourth Century Oratory||Professor Lynette Mitchell|
|Marcelina Gilka||A Study of Colluthus, The Abduction of Helen||Professor Daniel Ogden|
|Elisa Groff||Sexual and Reproductive Health in the changing world of Christianity (300-700 CE)||Professor Rebecca Langlands|
|Sam Hayes||What's in a Libellus? Martial Book VII.||Professor Rebecca Langlands|
|Maria Kneafsey||Boundaries in Late Antique Rome.||Professor Barbara Borg|
|Antonio Leonardis||Professor Elena Isayev|
|Giulia Zulian||Embodying Empire. Rulership, Ceremonial Life and Symbolic Agency – Augustus to Commodus (31 BCE-193CE)||Professor Barbara Borg|