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Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

Lecturer
Equality & Diversity Co-Chair

aipd@st-andrews.ac.uk

Research profile

Research Interests

I work on the cultural history of spaces and objects, using both texts and archaeological remains as sources. My primary focus is the Hellenistic and Roman periods, particularly marginalised, non-elite voices in the areas of religion, travel and the body. I am interested in intimate, small scale encounters with objects. These can tell us about the ‘texture’ of ancient life, but they can also change our understanding of bigger cultural trends which are gathered largely from elite male-authored texts. In addition I work on Classical reception of material culture in Europe c.1760-1830, with an emphasis on ancient Greek ceramics and Ottoman Greece.

Current Research

I am currently working on two volumes of collected papers based on conferences I convened on the Reception of Greek Vases:

(With Edith Hall, King’s College London) Classical Pots and Class in Britain (BICS themed issue). The volume explores the reception of Classical Greek pots through the lens of social class and brings to prominence hitherto marginalized working-class and middle-class engagements with this area of classical material culture.

(With C. Meyer, Bard Graduate College, New York) Picturing the Greek Vase: Classical Reception between Art and Science Visual Conversations in Art and Archaeology Series ed. J. Elsner (OUP). The volume investigates the way that two-dimensional images of Greek vases have shaped our understanding of these objects. Greek vases are used as a case study to show that graphic images, including drawings, photographs and digitised reproductions, play a determining role in the production of archaeological knowledge.

 

My longer term projects are: 

Research Students

I am happy to supervise students working on any of the areas listed above under ‘Research Interests’. Please email me to discuss possible projects.

Publications

Truly beyond wonders: Aelius Aristides and the cult of Asklepios: Ancient Culture and Representation Series
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2010, Oxford University Press (India). 315 p.
Research output: Book/ReportBook

 

Engagements with ancient Greek vases in Ottoman and revolutionary Greece c.1800-1833
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., Oct 2018, Classics in Extremis: The Edges of Classical Reception. Richardson, E. (ed.). Bloomsbury Academic, p. 35-58 (Bloomsbury Studies in Classical Reception).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Undressing for Artemis: Sensory approaches to clothes dedications in Hellenistic Epigram and in the Cult of Artemis Brauronia
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2018, Gaze, Vision and Visuality in Ancient Greek Literature: Trends in Classics. Kampakoglou, A. & Novokhatko, A. (eds.). de Gruyter, Vol. 54. p. 418-463 45 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Palimpsest and Virtual Presence: A Reading of Space and Dedications at the Amphiareion at Oropos in the Hellenistic Period
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 3 Feb 2017, Excavating Pilgrimage: Archaeological Approaches to Sacred Travel and Movement in the Ancient World. Taylor and Francis, p. 106-129 24 p. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315228488
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Between the Body and the Divine: Healing Votives from Classical and Hellenistic Greece
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2016, Ex-Voto. Votive Giving Across Cultures. Weinryb, I. (ed.). New York: Bard Graduate Center, p. 49-75 26 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Body in the Landscape: Aristides' Corpus in Light of the Sacred Tales
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2008, Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome, and the Gods. Brill, Vol. 33. p. 131-150 20 p. (Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition; vol. 33).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Landscape, Transformation, and Divine Epiphany
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2007, Severan Culture. Swain, S., Harrison, S. & Elsner, J. (eds.). Cambridge University Press, p. 250-289 40 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Amphiaraos Present: Images of Healing Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2006, Images and Presence: Essays on the ‘Presence’ of the Prototype within the Image. Shepherd, R. & Maniura, R. (eds.). Ashgate, p. 205-229 13 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Sacred Writing, Sacred Reading: the Function of Aelius Aristides’ Self-Presentation as Author in the Sacred Tales
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2006, The Limits of Ancient Biography. Mossman, J. & McGing, B. (eds.). Classical Press of Wales, p. 193-211 19 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

The Body in Space: Visual Dynamics in Graeco-Roman Healing Pilgrimage
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2005, Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity: Seeing the Gods. Oxford University Press (India) https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237913.003.0008
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

 

Equality and diversity in Classics teaching in St Andrews
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 18 Mar 2019, Bulletin of the Council of University Classics Departments, 48.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Classics and Politics
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2003, Omnibus, 46, p. 8-10 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Twenty-first century perspectives on The Parthenon
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2003, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 123, p. 191-196 6 p. https://doi.org/10.2307/3246268
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Narratives of transformation: pilgrimage patterns and authorial self-presentation in three pilgrimage texts
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2002, In : Journeys. 3, 1, p. 84-109 26 p. https://doi.org/10.3167/146526002782487855
Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

 

The reception of Homer and Troy in the late Ottoman empire - (G.) Uslu Homer, Troy and the Turks. Heritage and Identity in the Late Ottoman Empire, 1870-1915 (Amsterdam, 2017)
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 8 Oct 2018, In : Classical Review. 69, 1 https://doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X18001889
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of J. Downie, 2013. At the Limits of Art: A Literary Study of Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi. Oxford: Oxford University Press
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2015, In : Journal of Hellenic Studies.
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of R. Osborne, 2011. The History Written on the Classical Greek Body. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., Jan 2014, Journal of Hellenic Studies, 134, p. 231-232 2 p. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075426914002134
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Review of I. Israelowich, 2012. Society, Medicine and Religion in the Sacred Tales of Aelius Aristides. Leiden: Brill.
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2014, In : Journal of Hellenic Studies. 134, p. 230-231
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of C. Rowan, 2012. Under Divine Auspices: Divine Ideology and the Visualisation of Imperial Power in the Severan period, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2014, In : Journal of Roman Studies. 104, p. 280-281
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Review of C. Green and J. M. Daehner (eds.), 2011. Modern Antiquity. Picasso, De Chirico, Léger, Picabia. Los Angeles: The J. Paul Getty Museum.
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2012, Anglo-Hellenic Review, 46, p. 30-31.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Review of M. Squire, 2011. The Art of the Body: Antiquity and its Legacy. London; New York: I. B. Tauris.
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2012, Anglo-Hellenic Review, 45, p. 33.
Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Review of V. Kolocotroni and E. Mitsi (eds), 2008. Women writing Greece. Essays on Hellenism, Orientalism and Travel. Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi.
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., Feb 2010, In : Studies in Travel Writing . 14, 1, p. 104-107 4 p. https://doi.org/10.1080/13645140903465100
Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

 

Greek and Roman sections: Pilgrims and Pilgrimage. Journey, Spirituality and Daily Life through the Centuries Interactive CD-ROM
Petsalis-Diomidis, A., 2007
Research output: Non-textual formDigital or Visual Products

 

Teaching

I teach mainly in the undergraduate programmes of Classical Studies and Greek in the following modules:

Sub-Honours Classical Studies:

  •  CL1004 Myth and Community in ancient Greek Literature and Culture
  •  CL2004 Culture and Thought in the Late Roman Republic
  •  CL1005 Images of Augustan Rome

Sub-Honours Greek:

  • GK1005 Greek Language and Literature
  • GK1006 Greek Pastoral and Passion
  • GK2001/GK2003 The Landscape of Greek Prose

Honours Classical Studies:

  • CL4605 Classical Bodies
  • CL4463 Travels and Marvels in the Graeco-Roman World

Honours Greek:

  • GK4119 Texts and Objects in the Greek World

I contribute to the following MLitt modules in the areas of Classical material culture and Reception:

  • CL5001/5002 Themes and Methods in Classical Research
  • CL5022/5222 Greek Literary Culture
  • CL5021/5121 Latin Literary Culture

Academic Career

I studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (MA 1995) and Art History (Byzantine and Classical) at the The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (MA 1996 and PhD 2001). I taught Roman Archaeology for a year at University College Dublin, and was then offered a permanent lectureship in Classics at the University of Nottingham, which I deferred to take up a Special Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2002-2005). Between 2005 and 2012 I took a career break bringing up my three children. During this time I worked part time, as a Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (2005-2017) while also doing some teaching stints at the University of Warwick (2008-2009) and at Birkbeck College (2011). From 2012-2016 I was lecturer in Classical Greek Art at King’s College London in addition to my position at Corpus Christi College. In 2017 I resumed full time work and joined the School of Classics at St Andrews.

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