Category: Classics & Archaeology

  1. Rabati 2023: Report on Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology

    The Georgian-Australian Investigations in Archaeology (GAIA) project is a research collaboration between the Georgian National Museum and the University of Melbourne. GAIA was established by the late Emeritus Professor Antonio Sagona and Dr Claudia Sagona. SHAPS’s Andrew Jamieson reports here on the 2023 season of the GAIA dig at Rabati, with contributions from Brian Armstrong, Giorgi Bedianashvili, Catherine Longford, Abby Robinson, Claudia Sagona and Martin Tomko.

  2. Celebrating Student Successes in History & Ancient World Studies

    As the year draws to a close, we look back on the achievements of our students, awarded prizes in 2021 for their outstanding work in History and Ancient World studies. Winner of the 2021 Gyles Turner Prize, Maya Del Rio Reddan The Gyles Turner Prize is awarded annually for an undergraduate essay in Australian history. […]

  3. Martin Carnovale

    Martin Carnovale (PhD in Classics & Archaeology, 2023), The Language of Archaeological Investigations The thesis explores whether methods based upon analogical reasoning can be used to interpret culture if there are difficulties of translating other culture’s beliefs. The kind of cultural interpretation that I will discuss is that which pertains to social, artistic and religious […]

  4. Birds in Roman Life and Myth

    Dr Ashleigh Green recently published her first book, Birds in Roman Life and Myth. In 2020, her PhD thesis in Ancient World Studies passed examination without corrections. She went on to hold a La Trobe Society Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria in 2022 and is now a Teaching Associate in the School of […]

  5. Robyn Cooper

    Robyn Cooper, (MA in Classics & Archaeology, 2023) ‘Romans, Religion, and Residences: Investigating the Relationship of Domestic Spaces and Roman Homes throughout Pompeii, Herculaneum, and the Iberian Peninsula’ Using domestic cult spaces as a source material, this project explores how the nature of space within Roman residences interacted with and influenced on the expression of religious […]

  6. Beauty, Wine and Death in the Ancient World

    Picture a woman gazing at her face in a small mirror of highly polished brass. She has never seen her whole body – no mirror is that large in the Greek and Roman worlds. She whitens her face with powdered chalk and reddens her cheeks with a dye made from the madder plant. Her fingers […]

  7. Policing Women’s Drinking in Ancient Rome

    SHAPS PhD Candidate Lily Moore (Classics & Archaeology), explores the consequences of imbibing alcohol for Roman women in this article, republished from The Conversation. The ancient Romans venerated wine. It was accessible to the masses, a fundamental staple of mainstream life, and an indispensable part of the Roman economy and trade. It was utilised in […]

  8. Happy Ancient Roman Mother’s Day

    SHAPS Honorary Tamara Lewit explores the celebration of Mother’s Day in ancient Rome, in this article, republished from Pursuit. Although the words ‘ancient Rome’ might evoke marching armies or gladiatorial combats, those armies and gladiators would never have existed without their mothers. Like us, the Romans celebrated a Mother’s Day. But never mind breakfast in […]

  9. Revisiting Frazer’s Golden Bough

    In February 2023, Dr Caroline Tully, archaeologist and honorary fellow in SHAPS, and Dr Stephanie Budin, ancient historian and independent scholar, hosted the international conference Shaking the Tree, Breaking the Bough. Designed to interrogate the influence of Sir James G Frazer’s (1854–1941) magnum opus, The Golden Bough: A Study in Comparative Religion, first published in […]

  10. All Rivers Lead to Rome

    SHAPS Honorary Fellow Tamara Lewit explores the rivers of the Roman Empire and their river craft in this article, republished from Pursuit. The expression ‘All roads lead to Rome’ encapsulates the might of the Roman Empire, but the arteries which carried its lifeblood – food, fuel, livestock and luxuries – were not roads, but rivers. […]

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