Dr Amber Gartrell

Amber Gartrell joined UCL in September 2020 and is an Associate Lecturer (Teaching) in Roman History. Her research explores the connections and interplay between ancient Roman religion and other facets of ancient life, including politics, culture and historical events. Amber’s current research project examines the roles, relationships and responsibilities of the Roman gods, investigating what underpinned these interactions between gods and mortals, how they developed, and what benefits they were thought to bestow on both parties.

Major publications

  • (2023) 'The Epiphanies of the Dioscuri: Myth or History?', Myth and History in the Historiography of Early Rome, ed. D. Miano, T. Cornell and N. Meunier, Brill. 
  • (2021) The Cult of Castor and Pollux in Ancient Rome: Myth, Ritual and Society, Cambridge University Press.
  • (2014) ‘Unequal Brothers: An Exploration of a Succession Strategy of Augustus.’ Religion, Family and Conflict - A Cross-Cultural Approach to Succession and Inheritance in the Ancient and Medieval Mediterranean, eds. S.R. Huebner and B. Caseau, Centre de Recherche d'Histoire et Civilisation de Byzance, Monographies, p179-189


Research interests

Ancient Roman history from the mid-Republic to early empire, Roman religion.