Department of Greek & Latin


The Ancient World at UCL: staff

Department of Greek and Latin

Study of the Ancient World is interdisciplinary, and universities often have different ways of organising it. At UCL Ancient History is in the History Department, Ancient Art and Archaeology in the Institute of Archaeology. We also work closely with the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Department of Philosophy, and others. We collaborate to provide an unparalleled range of teaching and supervision in all aspects of the ancient world and its reception in the modern world.

Peter Agócs

Greek lyric song, especially Pindar and Bacchylides; genre in ancient literature; narrative in Greek lyric; collective memory.

Valentina Arena

Roman history, especially the Republican period from the foundation of Rome to the principate of Augustus, with a particular emphasis on the study of politics and political concepts.
Georgina BarkerClassical literature and culture; their reception in Russia; Russian literature and culture.
Paola CeccarelliClassical Greek History; space and identity in the ancient world; ancient performance culture; and Greek historiography.
Olivia Cockburn Latin and Romance historical linguistics; Spanish historical sociolinguistics; translation and bilingualism in the ancient Mediterranean.
Stephen ColvinGreek language, dialect and literature; Mycenaean Greek; historical linguistics and sociolinguistics.
Paul DavisTranslation and reception of the classics in England from the Civil War to the turn of the nineteenth century; the literature and culture of the Restoration; and ideas of poetic vocation and career between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment.
Elena Cagnoli FiecconiAncient Philosophy, Virtue Ethics, Moral Psychology.
Andrew Gardner

Archaeology of the Roman empire; archaeological theory.

Amber GartrellAncient Roman history from the mid-Republic to early empire, Roman religion.
Mark GellerSumerian, Akkadian, Ugaritic; ancient magic and medicine; Hebrew and Jewish studies.
Nikolaos GonisDocumentary and literary papyrology; Egypt from Augustus to the Abbasids; later Greek poetry; early Christian literature
Andrew GregoryAncient and early modern science, ancient philosophy; the relation of magic and science.
Rosie HarmanGreek historiography and ethnography; identity; the politics of representation.
Yağmur HeffronThe history of the Anatolia and the ancient Near East.
Maddalena ItaliaSanskrit language and literature; Greek and Latin literature.
Lily KahnHebrew, Yiddish, Ugaritic; comparative Semitic linguistics.
Borja Legarra HerreroAegean Prehistory; the later prehistory of South East Spain; landscape archaeology and survey methods.
Fiona LeighAncient philosophy; the relation between structure and cause in Plato's later metaphysics; art in Platonic moral psychology.
Miriam LeonardGreek literature and philosophy; reception; history of modern European thought; critical theory,
Kris LockyearLate Iron Age and Roman archaeology, including numismatics; East European (especially Romanian) history and archaeology; ethnicity and nationalism; field methods; statistics in archaeology; typesetting and publication.
Fiachra Mac Góráin Augustan poetry, especially Virgil; Virgilian exegesis; Dionysus in Latin poetry; intertextuality; the reception of Virgil in Ireland.
Mairéad McAuley

Early imperial Roman literature, especially Neronian and Flavian, tragedy and epic; gender and genre in Latin poetry.

Antony MakrinosHomer; scholarship in Byzantium (esp. reception of the Homeric text with emphasis on allegorical interpretation); modern receptions.
Gesine ManuwaldLatin literature; Roman drama; Roman epic; Cicero's speeches; reception studies, especially Neo-Latin.
Richard MarshallRoman Republican Antiquarians: the scholarship of Republican and early Imperial Rome. Ancient historiography and pedagogy, the history of the book, and ancient mathematics.
Victoria MoulClassics and English; the translation and reception of Latin and Greek lyric poetry in English poetry from the sixteenth century to modernity; Renaissance and early modern ('neo'-) Latin literature.
Marigold NorbyeMedieval manuscripts; medieval chronicles; the history of history writing; medieval libraries; the transmission of ancient history.
Stephen QuirkeProfessor of Egyptology.
Corinna RivaPre-Roman Italy and the central Mediterranean; east-west interaction and comparative archaeology of the 1st-millennium BC Mediterranean; theoretical approaches to cultural contact; Mediterranean 'marginal' landscapes and connectivity; archaeological survey and settlement studies.
Eleanor RobsonScience, technology and medicine in the ancient and medieval Middle East, history of mathematics, Assyriology and Middle Eastern archaeology.
Benet SalwayLater Roman history, Greek and Roman epigraphy and onomastics, Roman law, and travel and geography in the Graeco-Roman world.
Rachel SparksMaterial culture of the Bronze and Iron Age Levant; Egypt; the archaeology of empire.
Sacha SternJewish history in Antiquity; calendars in Antiquity (Babylonian, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian).
Julietta SteinhauerReligion, religious minorities and migration in the Aegean during the Hellenistic period.
​​​​​​​Jeremy TannerGreek and Roman art and architecture; sociology of art; art theory and criticism; comparative historical studies of art and religion.
​​​​​​​Hans van WeesThe social and economic history of early Greece, archaic and classical Greek warfare, and the use of iconographical and comparative evidence in the study of the ancient Greek world.
Phiroze VasuniaGreek literature and culture; imperialism and colonialism; the Classical tradition; conceptions of Greek prose; cross-cultural interaction in antiquity.
​​​​​​​Todd WhitelawAegean archaeology, landscape archaeology, ethnoarchaeology, complex societies, ceramics.
Mark WeedenHittite, Luwian, Akkadian, Sumerian; Anatolian hieroglyphs and the history and literature of the cuneiform world.
Karen WrightInterdisciplinary approaches to archaeology (anthropology, history, materials science); Near Eastern archaeology; the Levant, Anatolia, Mesopotamia.
Maria WykeLatin literature, especially Roman love poetry; ancient gender and sexuality; reception studies, especially Julius Caesar, Rome on film, classics and popular culture.