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Prof. Greg Woolf

Professor of Ancient History

gdw2@st-andrews.ac.uk

Research profile

Research Interests

The cultural, social, religious and economic history of the Roman world, broadly understood. Much of my work involves applying ideas from the social sciences to the material, documentary and literary evidence from antiquity. Currently most of my work is on religious history, but I maintain interests in European prehistory, in ancient literacy, in ethnographic writing and in the comparative history of imperialism.

Current research projects

My main current project is a study of the origins of religious pluralism in the Roman empire. I am also engaged in editing various collections, some arising from the recent Leverhulme sponsored project School of Classics co-directed with Jason König. Future projects include a short book on diasporas and colonization in classical antiquity.

Publications

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Research students

I am glad to supervise students working in any of the above fields, and in many other areas. Former students have written theses on the North Italian Gauls, epigraphy and society in Roman Italy, on Velleius Paterculus, Roman Narbonensis, Cyprian of Carthage, Culture and Identity in Lycia, the economy of Roman Britain and various topics in Roman Religion and Roman Culture.

Teaching

I am currently on research leave until the end of academic year 2013-14.

Otherwise I teach on a range of ancient history, classical studies and archaeology modules. At St Andrews I have taught Honours modules on the Roman Economy, on Roman Leisure, on Greece under Roman Rule, on Roman Religion, on Ancient Slavery and on Archaic Greece. I have taught on a postgraduate taught courses, in St Andrews and abroad.

Academic career

After graduating from Oxford in 1985 I wrote a doctorate in Cambridge where I was fortunate to be supervised by Peter Garnsey and Keith Hopkins in ancient history, and Ian Hodder and Sander van der Leeuw in archaeology. I also spent some time as a CNRS chercheur at the Laboratoire d'Archéologie of the École Normale Supérieure in the rue d'Ulm in Paris, taught part-time at the University of Leicester for three years and was a research fellow of Christ's College. In 1990 I returned to Oxford to teach ancient history and archaeology as a fellow of first Magdalen and then Brasenose Colleges before being elected in 1998 to a chair at St. Andrews.

I have served on the Councils of the Roman Society, the Classical Association and the Classical Association of Scotland. I have chaired the HEA subject centre advisory committee for Classics and served on various national and international committees, including RAE 2008 subpanel 59. I currently chair the CUCD ( the Council for University Classics Departments) and am a member of the AHRC Advisory Board and the Research Awards Advisory Committee of the Leverhulme Trust.

I have contributed to various reference works including the Cambridge Ancient History, the Barrington Classical Atlas, the Neue Pauly and the Oxford Classical Dictionary. I have held visiting appointments in Rome, Paris, Erfurt and Campinas and have also been lucky enough to give a number of invited lectures around the world.

I have been a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Roman Studies and the American Journal of Archaeology. I am a member of the editorial boards of Classica et Mediaevalia, of Gallia, of the International Journal of Euro-Mediterranean Studies, and New Voices in Classical Reception Studies.