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Dr. Dominic Dalglish

Dr. Dominic Dalglish

Sessional Tutor

Email: Dominic dot Dalglish at warwick dot ac dot uk

FAB 2.14
Faculty of Arts Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


I studied Ancient History (2008) and Classics (2009) at Durham University, followed by a Masters (2011) and DPhil (2017) in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford. I have taught at Oxford, King’s College London, and the Open University. I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Open University, working as part of the The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion. Since 2018 I have been an Assistant Director of the joint Oxford-Messina archaeological excavations at Halaesa, Sicily under the direction of Prof. Jonathan Prag (Oxford) and Prof. Lorenzo Campagna (Messina).

    Research interests

    My work focuses on the study of the ancient world, in particular religion, through the visual and material record. I am interested in how people communicate through 'stuff' and in turn, how this effects how people live, think and interact with each other. This raises a lot of questions about how we analyse material culture and how we, in turn, communicate what we find.

    I have a strong interest in the Near East (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel/Palestine) from the late Hellenistic period into Late Antiquity, and in ancient religion. My current research project focuses on the ways that gods were made to exist in the world through a wide array of devices, from naming practices to architectural constructions. I am particularly interested in how practices of communicating belief constituted an important part of religious behaviour in antiquity in their own right.

    As well as working on this topic, I have been working in Sicily in an archaeological capacity for several years, carrying out out excavations at the Hellenistic and Roman site of Halaesa Arconidea with the University of Oxford and University of Messina.

    Teaching and supervision

    • Taught MA in Ancient Visual and Material Culture
    • Hellenistic World


    • Forthcoming ‘Images and Objects of Greek Prayer,’ in W. Furley (ed.) Prayer in the Ancient World. Brill.
    • 2023 ‘God and Sanctuary: the invention of Jupiter Heliopolitanus and the temple at Baalbek,’ in I. Bultrighini, C. Norman & G. Woolf (eds.) Sanctuaries and Experience: Knowledge, Practice and Space in the Ancient World. CUP.
    • 2020 ‘Writing the Art, Archaeology and Religion of the Roman Mediterranean,’ with P. Adrych in J. Elsner (ed.) Empires of Faith in Late Antiquity: Histories of Art and Religion from India to Ireland. CUP.
    • 2020 ‘Mystery Cult and Material Culture in the Graeco-Roman World’, with P. Adrych in J. Elsner (ed.) Empires of Faith in Late Antiquity: Histories of Art and Religion from India to Ireland. CUP.
    • 2017 Images of Mithra, co-written and co-edited with P. Adrych, R. Bracey, S. Lenk & R. Wood.


    • BA Durham
    • MA, PhD (Oxford)

    Drop in hours

    Term 2 2024