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Dr Abigail Graham

Abigail Graham


Email: Abigail dot Graham at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL

Twitter: @abby_fecit


Research interests

My primary interest is the appearance and perception of monuments in the ancient world, with a specialisation in the Late Republican/Early Imperial period (ca. 80 BC- AD 250). This topic broadly includes archaeological evidence from the urban landscape as well as broad range of visual culture and historical information from art and architecture to epigraphy. The overall aim of my research is to explore the ways in which monumental inscriptions can be used within their urban contexts to inform our understanding of the urban landscape, including the representation of identity, imperial power and religion, as well as the function of public writing and literacy in the ancient world. The focus of my research has up to this point, been primarily in Roman Asia Minor at Ephesus and Aphrodisias with the plan of applying the methodologies used in these sites on an Empire wide basis, including Roman North Africa and Italy. My most recent research ( a monograph, in progress) considers the relationship between Epigraphy, the monumental context and the Roman Viewer, drawing modern parallels in topics of paratext, palaeography and the carving process (including damnatio memoriae). My interests also extend to didactic methodology, particularly in terms of how we teach and use epigraphic evidence in broader range of classical fields and media including museums, textbooks, as well as interactive websites. For example of my recent work, see the link below for "The Romans" new companion website, with timelines, detailed historical and archaeological case studies, powerpoint presentations, and links to additional bibliographies and on-line video lectures.

The Romans Companion Website 

Course Co-ordinator for British School at Rome Postgraduate course in Epigraphy. The next course will run from July 16-25th 2018. This is a 10 day course for postgraduates in a number of classic and historical fields on the use of epigraphic evidence as a source.

Practical Epigraphy Workshop: June 25th-27th 2019

After a series of successful workshops over the past 15 years, coordinated by the Centre for Study of Ancient Documents at sites all over Britain, this year's PEW (Practical Epigraphy Workshop) will be held in collaboration with Ashmolean Museum and its excellent collection of Greek and Roman Inscriptions. Taught by Prof. Roger Tomlin, Dr. Charles Crowther, and Dr. Abigail Graham, with curatorial support by Anja Ulbrich (Ashmolean Curator).

For more details on the course and an application, please download this pamphlet

This workshop has been generously supported by a grant from AIEGL.

BSR Taught Course in Epigraphy: Next course in 2021.

BSR Course Poster 2018

BSR Provisional Syllabus 2016

Teaching and supervision



Selected publications

Versions of some of the articles can be viewed through my account on

  • The Romans: An Introduction by A .Kamm and A Graham (People of the Ancient World Series), Routledge (London) pp. 278; November 2014. * (Contract signed for a 4th Edition in 2019)
  • "The word is not enough: A new methodology for assessing monumental epigraphy. A case study from Imperial Ephesos", American Journal of Archaeology (July 2013).
  • "Reappraising the value of Same text relationships: a study of inscriptions in the Monumental landscape in Aphrodisias." The Materiality of Text (ed) Petrovic A, Petrovic I, and E. Thomas, Text and Materiality: placements, presences and perceptions of inscribed text in classical antiquity (Brill 2018).
  • "The power of images at Aphrodisias: The role of digital resources in transforming our approach to palaeography in monumental inscriptions" pp 367-389- in Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context. Proceedings of the EAGLE 2016 Conference( published July 2017). This volume is published online and freely downloadable at the following link:
  • "Understanding the Roman Empire: A brief history" published by Oxford Analytica, 2008.
  • Contributor of reading, comments and photos for the online publication and database "Inscriptions of Aphrodisias" (2007) Kings College London.

Recent Papers & Public Engagement (2017/2019)

  • August 30th-31st 2019: Celebrating the Divine: Roman Festivals in Art, Religion and Literature at the University of Virginia. ""Come on Barbie Let's Go Party: The Role of Statuettes in Salutaris' Procession at Ephesos" for a conferences".
  • June 30th-July 3rd. Conference on Domitian in the East (in Greece) "Mad, Bad, or Misunderstood: Domitian's Public Image at Ephesos"
  • April 12th: TRAC 2019 Canterbury: Panel of Cognitive Approaches: "Ain't Nobody Gonna Rain on My Parade": Applying Cognitive Theory to Salutaris' Procession at Ephesos"
  • March 15th 2019: "The Ides of March: The Perils of Political Performance Culture" Paper at Ancient World Breakfast Club for Goldolphin and Latymer School
  • July 11-14th 2018: for a Panel at the Celtic Conference: ‘Reading and Writing for Rome: Literacies of Administration' (St. Andrews)
  • February 6th 2018: "Reinscribing History: Does the condemnation of monument remove a memory or immortalise a failure?" For the Hellenic Society at St. Andrews University.
  • Nov. 6th and 7th 2017 "Roman & Roman Britain" A presentation @ St. Mary's RC Primary School (Chiswick) for KS2 students about Romans and Roman Archaeology, followed the next day by a trip and activities at Butser Farm.
  • Sept 19th 2017: Interviewed for a forthcoming PBS documentary on Empire Building: The Romans.
  • June 21st: "Reading between the lines: A tutorial of reading Roman inscriptions" for 6th form students (Worksop College) as part of the CSAD "Practical Epigraphy Workshop" in Lincoln.
  • June 6th 2017: "The Lady doth Process too much methinks: Experiencing Salutaris' Foundation as a ritual event" at Fields: the Role of Memory and Sensoriality" Queens University (Belfast).
  • May 14th 2017 :"Epigraphic collection in the Digital Age: Fantastic Texts and Where to Find them" at University of Warwick Workshop on "Public Engagement in Museums using Latin Inscriptions".
  • March 30th 2017: "Applying Media Theory. Facetime: New Ways of Assessing inscriptions in a Digital Age". TRAC (Durham)
  • January 16th 2017: "The Writing is on the Wall: Veiwing Salutaris' Foundation as a monument." Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (Oxford).


  • B.A. (Colgate University)
  • M. Phil (Oxford)
  • D. Phil (Oxford)
  • Reinscribing History