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Dr Matthew Skuse

Lecturer in Ancient History

mls29@st-andrews.ac.uk

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Contacts between Greece and Egypt, especially in the Early Iron Age and Archaic Period;
  • Greek sanctuaries and ritual practices;
  • Archaic Greek material culture;
  • terracotta figurines of the Early Iron Age to Hellenistic Period;
  • Ptolemaic kingship and the Ptolemaic kingdom. 

Most of my research seeks to understand changes in the culture and society of Greece during the Early Iron Age and Archaic Period, with a focus on material evidence as a reflection or agent of change. My work aims to situate the production, distribution, and use of objects within local socio-political contexts as well as within their regional and Mediterranean contexts. This is especially reflected in my work on the significance of materials and crafts and on understanding Greek connections with surrounding cultures through the study of a broad range of material and textual sources produced in Egypt, the Levant, and Mesopotamia.

Current Research

Currently, my efforts are concentrated on the preparation of a monograph discussing the production and uses of aegyptiaca in the Mediterranean during the Archaic Period. This project focuses on the analysis and detailed publication of 900+ aegyptiaca from the Sanctuary of Hera at Perachora. I am also engaged in the study and publication of Daedalic terracotta figurines from Perachora and a significantly larger body of terracotta figurines and related material from the Canadian Institute in Greece’s Stymphalos Project, dating from the Late-Classical to Roman Period. My published work has addressed themes in Laconian art and Ptolemaic administration, and I plan to return to these topics in future.

Teaching

I teach on the following sub-honours and MLitt modules:

  • AN1001 – The Greeks in a Wider World
  • CL5001 – Themes and Methods in Classical Research
  • CL5011/5111 – Greek History and Material Culture

I also organise the following sub-honours and honours modules:

  • AN2003 – Mediterranean Communities
  • AN4429 - Early Greece between Egypt and Anatolia.

Academic Career

I completed my PhD at the University of Exeter in 2015 and moved to Greece to join the British School at Athens, where I held the Macmillan-Rodewald Postdoctoral Studentship for 2015-16 and 2016-17. Returning to the UK, I was a Teaching Fellow in Greek History at the University of Edinburgh for 2017-8 before taking up my current position at St Andrews.

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