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Dr Michael Scott

profile.jpgAssociate Professor (Lecturer)
Impact Officer

Tel: 0247 615 0408

Email: M dot C dot Scott at warwick dot ac dot uk
Personal website:

Room H234, Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


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, BBC and ITV. To see these programmes, and find out more, visit:

In January 2015, Michael was awarded the Warwick University Staff Award for Outstanding Community Contribution. See here for more details.

In July 2015, Michael was appointed a Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy

In Febrary 2016 Michael was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In June 2016 Michael won a Warwick Award in Teaching Excellence (WATE)

Michael is President of Lytham Saints Anne's Classical Association branch, a co-Director of the Sidney Stringer School Classics Hub in Coventry, and a member of the Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Research, University of Warwick

His latest book, Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West was published 1st July 2016 and in paperback in January 2017. His latest TV documentaries, Italy's Invisible Cities (BBC1) and Sicily (BBC2) aired in early 2017 to a combined audience of over 5 million in the UK.

In 2017-8, Michael has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project investigating the socio-political impacts of ancient global trade in luxury goods.

Research interests

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 book with Princeton University Press in 2014 brought the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence for the development, perception and role of Delphi from its inception through to the 21st century. My most recent book, Anicent Worlds, is a study of the growing connections between ancient civilisations from the Mediterranean to China. For my current research interests, see my 'Research' page.

Teaching and supervision



In 2013-4, I was 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. In 2014-5, I have been awarded an IATL Pedagogic intervention grant for my Greek Religion module.

In 2014-5, I have also been awarded an HRF Impact Award and an IAS Public Engagement Award for the organisation of the Department of Classics Ancient Drama Festival for Schools, at which over 560 school children will be enjoying a day of lectures and seminars surrounding a performance of Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae by the Warwick Undergraduate Classics Society.

In 2015-6, I have been awared a IATL Pedagogic intervention grant for teaching in my Democracy and Imperialism module.

In 2015 and 2016 I have won Strategic and Departmental Impact grants to develop a new portal to facilitate the study of ancient civilisations and their connections.

Administrative roles

  • Impact Officer (Department of Classics, Warwick)
  • Admissions 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
  • Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy
  • Member of IATL Management Committee, University of Warwick
  • Member of the Teaching, Search and Development Committees of the British School at Athens
  • President of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association branch
  • Co-Director of the Sidney Stringer Academy Classics Hub

Selected publications

Professional associations

  • External adjudicator for ancient history project proposals to the Council for the Humanities of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
  • External Adjudicator for Austrian Science Fund
  • Reader for Cambridge University Press, Journal of Hellenic Studies and Hesperia
  • Member of the Classical Association, British Epigraphic Society, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, British School at Rome, British School at Athens


  • M.A., MPhil, PhD. (Cantab.)

Office hours

Summer Term 2016-7
Week 1: Monday 24th April 10-11am and Thursday 27th April 2-3pm
Week 2: Thursday 4th May 10-11am and Friday 4th May 4-5pm
Week 3: Monday 8th May 12-1pm and Thursday 11th May 12-1pm
Weeks 4-10: Email me for an appointment.


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Delphi and Olympia