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Kathryn Lomas

  • MA, PhD, FSA
  • Honorary Senior Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Career Summary

  • Part-Time Lecturer and Tutor in Classics, University of Edinburgh (2010-11)
  • Research Fellow, Institute of Archaeology (2002-8)
  • Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Newcastle (1997-2002)
  • Leverhulme Research Fellow, University of Newcastle (1994-6)
  • Research Fellow, Department of History, UCL (1989-94)

Research Interests

  • Urbanisation in pre-Roman and Roman Italy
  • Cultural and ethnic identities in the ancient Mediterranean
  • Literacy in the ancient Mediterranean
  • Colonisation and Migration in the Greek and Roman world

Current Projects and Research

  • Developmental Literacy in Early Italy’ and ‘Etruscan Literacy’: two interconnected AHRC-funded research projects on literacy in pre-Roman Italy
  • Research on the urbanisation of Italy
  • Completion of a book on cultural and ethnic identities in the ancient Mediterranean

Educational Background

  • 1989: PhD in Ancient History, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1989: Diploma in Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • 1982: MA (Hons) in Ancient History and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh

Edited volumes

  • E. Herring and K. Lomas (Eds), Gender Identities in Ancient Italy. BAR International Series S1893. Oxford: Archaeopress (2009). ISBN 9781407305158
  • A. Gardner, E. Herring and K. Lomas (Eds), Constructing Identities: Culture and Ethnicity in the Roman World (Institute of Classical studies: In press)
  • K. Lomas, R. Whitehouse and J. Wilkins (Eds) Literacy and the State in the Ancient Mediterranean. London, Accordia Research Institute (2007)
  • K. Lomas (Ed) Greek Identity in the Western Mediterranean. Papers in honour of Professor B.B. Shefton (2003)
  • T.J. Cornell and K. Lomas (Eds) Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Ancient Italy. London (2002)
  • E. Herring and K. Lomas (Eds) The Emergence of State Identities in Italy in the 1st Millennium BC (Accordia Specialist Studies on Italy, 8) London (2000)
  • T.J. Cornell and K. Lomas (Eds) Gender and Ethnicity in Ancient Italy. (Accordia Specialist Studies on Italy 6) London (1997)
  • K. Lomas Roman Italy: A Sourcebook. London (1996)
  • T.J. Cornell and K. Lomas (Eds) Urban Society in Roman Italy. London (1995)
  • K. Lomas Rome and the Western Greeks, 350 B.C. - A.D. 200: Conquest and Acculturation in Southern Italy. London (1993)


  • ‘Language, identity and culture in ancient Italy’ in A. Gardner, E. Herring and K. Lomas (Eds), Constructing Identities: Culture and Ethnicity in the Roman World (London: Institute of Classical Studies. In press)
  • ‘Hidden writing: epitaphs within tombs in early Italy’ in M.-L. Haack (Ed), L'écriture et l'espace de la mort (École française de Rome, Paris/Rome. In press)
  • ‘Cultures of commemoration in north-east Italy: Greeks, Etruscans, Veneti and the stelae patavinae’ in M. Gleba and H. Horsnaes (Eds), Communicating Identities in Iron Age Italy. (Copenhagen, Museum Tusculanum Press. In press)
  • ‘Space, boundaries, and ethnicity in the ancient Veneto’ in G. Cifani and S. Stoddart (Eds) Landscape, Ethnicity, Identity in the archaic Mediterranean Area (Oxford, Oxbow. In press)
  • ‘Rome, Latins and Italians in the Second Punic War’ in D. Hoyos (Ed), Blackwell Companion to the Punic Wars: 339-56. Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell (2011)
  • ‘Gender identities in the Veneto in the 1st millennium BC’ in E. Herring and K.Lomas (Eds), Gender Identities in Ancient Italy: 13-26. Oxford, Archaeopress (2009)
  • ‘Italy beyond Rome’ in A. Erskine (Ed) A Companion to Ancient History: 248-60. Oxford, Blackwell (2009)
  • ‘Script obsolescence, writing and power in pre-Roman and early Roman Italy’ in J. Baines, J. Bennet and S. Houston (Eds) The Disappearance of Writing Systems: perspectives on Literacy and Communication: 109-138. London: Equinox Publishing (2008)
  • 'Ethnicity and statehood in northern Italy: The ancient Veneti' in G. Bradley, E. Isayev and C. Riva (Eds) Ancient Italy: Regions without Boundaries: 21-24. Exeter: Exeter University Press (2007)
  • 'Beyond Magna Graecia: Greeks and non-Greeks in France, Spain and Northern Italy, 500-300 BC' in K.H. Kinzl (Ed) The Blackwell Companion to the Classical Greek World, 478-323 BCE: 174-96 Oxford: Blackwell (2006)
  • 'Ostiala Gallenia: Funerary Commemoration and Cultural Identity in North-East Italy' in I. Lemos, F. Lo Schiavo, L. Vagnetti, E. Herring, R. Whitehouse and J.B. Wilkins (Eds), Across Frontiers. Papers in honour of David Ridgway and Francesca R. Serra Ridgway: 429-440. London: Accordia Research Institute (2006)
  • 'Tyrants and the Polis: Migration, identity and urban development in Greek Sicily'  in S. Lewis (Ed), Ancient Tyranny: 95-118. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press (2006)
  • Funerary Epigraphy and the impact of Rome on Italy in L. de Ligt, E.A. Hemelrijk, L. de Ligt and H. Singor (Eds), Roman rule and civic life: Local and regional perspectives (first to fourth centuries AD): 179-98. Amsterdam, Gieben (2004)
  • A Volscian Mafia? Cicero and his Italian Clients in the Forensic Speeches in J.J. Paterson and J.G.F. Powell (Eds) Cicero the Advocate. Oxford, Oxford University Press: 96-116 (2004)
  • The Mysterious Deity of Lagole: Ritual and Writing in Ancient Italy Archaeology International 7, 27-30 (2004)
  • Italy in the Roman Republic, 338 31 BC' in H. Flower (Ed) Cambridge Companion to the Roman Republic. Cambridge University Press: 199-224 (2004)
  • 'Hellenism, Romanisation and cultural identity in Massilia' in K. Lomas (Ed) Greek Identity in the Western Mediterranean. Leiden (2003)
  • 'Personal identity and Romanisation: funerary inscriptions from southern Italy' in J. Wilkins (Ed) Symbolism and Iconography in the Ancient World. London: Accordia Research Institute (2003)
  • 'Euergetism and Urban Renewal in Italy, 90 B.C. - A.D. 100' in T.J. Cornell and K. Lomas (Eds) Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Ancient Italy: 28-45. London (2002)
  • 'Between Greece and Italy: An outside perspective on Roman Sicily' in C.J. Smith and J. Serrati (Eds) Sicily from Aeneas to Cicero: New approaches in history and archaeology: 161-73. Edinburgh (2000)
  • 'Cities, States And Ethnic Identity In South-East Italy' in E. Herring and K. Lomas (Eds) The Emergence of State Identities in Italy in the 1st Millennium BC: 79-90 (2000)
  • 'The polis in Italy: Ethnicity and citizenship in the western Mediterranean' in R. Brock and S. Hodkinson (Eds) Alternatives to Athens: Varieties of Political Experience and Community in Ancient Greece: 167-85 Oxford (2000)
  • 'Crossing boundaries: ethnicity and urban development in Italy' Proceedings of the XVth International Congress of Classical Archaeology: 236-39. Amsterdam (1999)
  • 'Graeca urbs? Ethnicity and culture in early imperial Naples' Accordia Research Papers 7: 113-30 (1997-8)
  • 'Roman imperialism and the city' in R. Laurence and J. Berry (Eds), Cultural Identity in the Roman Empire: 64-78. London (1998)
  • 'The Idea of a City. Elite Ideology and the Evolution of Urban Form in Italy, 200 BC - AD 200' in H. Parkin (Ed), Roman Urbanism: Beyond the Consumer City: 21-41. London (1997)
  • 'Greeks, Romans and Others: problems of colonialism and ethnicity in southern Italy' in J. Webster and N. Cooper (Eds), Roman Imperialism: Post-Colonial Perspectives, Leicester Archaeological Monographs 3: 135-44 Leicester (1996)
  • 'Kar[is] Brit[tius]. A reinterpretation of Vetter No.112' Classical Quarterly 45.2: 481-4 (1995)
  • 'The Greeks in the West and the Hellenisation of Italy' in C.A. Powell (Ed), The Greek World: 347-67 London (1995)
  • 'The City in South-East Italy. Ancient topography and the evolution of urban settlement, 600 - 300 BC' Accordia Research Papers 4 : 63-77 (1993)
  • 'Local Identity and Cultural Imperialism: Epigraphy and the Diffusion of Roman Influence in Italy.' in Herring, E., Whitehouse, R. and Wilkins, J. (Eds) Papers of the Fourth Conference of Italian Archaeology. Vol.1 : 231-9 (1991)

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