Dr Michael Scott
Assistant Professor (Lecturer)
M.A., MPhil, PhD. (Cantab.)
Email address, available through email search.
Office hours Term 2 2013-4:
Week 1: Monday 6th Jan (10-11am) and Thursday 9th Jan (12-1)
Week 2: Wednesday 15th Jan (11-12) and Friday 17th Jan (11-12)
Week 3: Thursday 23rd Jan (12-1) and Friday 24th Jan (11-12)
Week 4: Thursday 30th Jan (12-1) and Friday 31st Jan (2-3)
Week 5: Thursday 6th Feb (10-11) and Friday 7th Feb (5-6pm)
Week 6: Wednesday 12th (2-3pm) and Thursday 13th (4-5pm)
Week 7: Monday 17th Feb (11-12) and Thursday 20th Feb (4-5pm)
Week 8: Wednesday 26th Feb (9-10) and Friday 28th Feb (1-2)
Week 9: Wednesday 5th March (4-5pm) and Thursday 6th March (12-1)
Week 10: Wednesday 12th March (11-12) and Thursday 13th March (4-5)
Before coming to Warwick, Michael completed his training at Cambridge, where he was also the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow in ancient history at Darwin College, as well as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics. He has taught widely in the UK and Greece, and his research is focused on using inter-disciplinary approaches to the literary, epigraphic and material evidence to investigate ancient Greek and Roman society. Michael also believes passionately in making the ancient world as accessible as possible to a wider audience. He regularly talks in schools around the country, writes books intended for the popular market as well as articles for national and international newspapers and magazines, takes part in radio programmes, and has written and presented several TV series about the ancient world for History Channel, National Geographic and the BBC. To see these programmes, and find out more, visit www.michaelscottweb.com
NEWS: My new series for BBC Radio 4 aired on Tuesday 12th November 4pm. 'Spin the Globe' and took the most famous dates in history and asked what else was happening around the globe apart from the event that has made that date so important. Episode 1: Tuesday 12th November 4pm: 1605 and the Gunpowder plot. Episode 2: Tuesday 19th November 4pm: 1066 and the Battle of Hastings. Episode 3: Tuesday 26th November 4pm: 1914 and the outbreak of WW1. Episode 4: Tuesday 2nd December 4pm: 4/3 BC and the life of Christ.
- Greek Culture and Society
- Democracy and Imperialism in Classical Athens
- Hellenistic World
In 2013-4, I have been awarded an IATL Pedagogic intervention grant for teaching in the Greek Culture and Society module, and an IATL Academic Fellowship for my Democracy and Imperialism in Classical Athens module.
- Taught MA in Material and Visual Culture (Convenor in Term 2)
- Research MA Supervision
My principal research interests lie in the intersection of ancient history and archaeology. Previous topics of study include the interrelationships between art and text, the changing perception and experience of sacred space, the political uses of architecture, the impact and use of epigraphic documents as both text and monument and the reception of the ancient world in the modern. My PhD, now published with Cambridge University Press, focused on the spatial development of monumental dedications at Delphi and Olympia. My second book with Cambridge University Press examined the complex relationships between space and society across the Greek and Roman worlds and the usefulness of spatial analysis as a tool for both archaeologists and historians. My current research interests include luxury in the ancient world, representations of death, and a longer-term research project on the archaeology of ritual practice and experience.
Positions of Responsibility
Admissions Officer (Department of Classics, Warwick)
Erasmus Officer (Department of Classics, Warwick)
Widening Participation and Outreach Officer (Department of Classics, Warwick)
Faculty of Arts representative on the Committee on the Admission of Students to Courses of Study, University of Warwick
Committee Member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
External adjudicator for ancient history project proposals to the Council for the Humanities of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
Reader for Cambridge University Press
- 'The Spatial Indeterminacy and social life of athletic facilities (other than stadia)', in P. Christesen and D. Kyle (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Sport and Spectacle (Malden, 2013).
- Space and Society in the Greek and Roman World (Cambridge, 2012).
- 'Displaying lists of what is (not) on display: the uses of inventories in Greek sanctuaries' in M. Haysom and J. Wallensten (eds.), Current Approaches to Greek Religion (Athens, 2011) 239-52.
- with L. Skinns and A. Cox (eds.), Risk: the 25th Darwin Lecture Series (Cambridge, 2011).
- Delphi and Olympia: the spatial politics of panhellenism in the archaic and classical periods (Cambridge, 2010).
- From Democrats to Kings: the story of how the Greek world changed from Athens to Alexander the Great (London, 2009).
- 'Constructing identities in sacred interstate space: the case of the Arkadian monument at Delphi', BAR 1739 (2008) 431-8.
- 'Architectural sculpture in its archaeological context: the Siphnian treasury at Delphi', BABESCH 82 (2007) 23-33.
- 'Temples and Sanctuaries', in E. Eidinow and J. Kindt (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Greek Religion (Oxford, 2014).
- Delphi: Center of the Ancient World (Princeton, 2014).
- 'How we think about life in the ancient Greek world', in W. Brown and A. Fabian (eds.), Life: Darwin Lecture Series 2012 (Cambridge, 2014).
- 'Prestige in Greek sanctuaries', in M. Miles (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Greek Architecture (Malden, 2014).
- 'Delphi' in P. Cartledge & P. Christesen (eds.), The Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World (Oxford 2016)