Email: eris dot williams-reed at warwick dot ac dot uk
Honorary Research Fellow
I gladly left school with vocational qualifications and then later completed an Open University course in ancient history. I went on to study for a BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilisations (2012) in the Department of Archaeology at Durham University, before moving across the city to Durham’s Department of Classics and Ancient History, where I studied for a MA in Greece, Rome and the Near East (2013) and then a PhD in Classics (2018). I stayed in Durham during 2018/19, where I was a Teaching Assistant and an Impact Assistant in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, as well as Research Coordinator to the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture. I spent two much-loved years at Warwick, firstly as a Teaching Fellow in Roman History (2019/20) and then as a Senior Teaching Fellow in Roman History and Epigraphy (2020/21). In summer 2021, I joined the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University as Research Impact Officer, although I am delighted to remain associated with Warwick as an Honorary Research Fellow. I am also a Disability Liaison Officer for the Women's Classical Committee and a member of the CUCD EDI Committee.
My research focuses on the different ways that ancient communities perceived and interacted with the environment. My doctoral research, funded by the AHRC, centred on how the diverse religious communities of the Roman Near East engaged with water in the characterisation of gods, the organisation of sacred spaces and the development of patterns of worship. Click here for an open access copy of my thesis. My current monograph project is The Nature of the Near East: Environments and their Religious Communities in the Roman Empire. Using the methodology of environmental history, this book will aim to offer a new history of the religious communities of the Near East and their position in the Roman Empire.
I am also currently working on an article-length project that explores expressions of environmental loss in the Safaitic inscriptions of ancient northern Arabia through the concept of ‘ecological grief’, a contemporary model adopted by social scientists to analyse the impact of experienced or anticipated ecological losses on the mental health of affected communities. Click here for a video of me discussing this project in 2020 as part of Warwick's Faculty of Arts at Home video series.
(2020) 'Environments and gods: creating the sacred landscape of Mount Kasios’ in Haüssler, R. and Chiai, G.F. eds. Sacred Landscapes in Antiquity: Creation, Manipulation, Transformation, Oxbow Books, Oxford.
(2020) 'Contextualizing the sacred in the Hellenistic and Roman Near East' Bibliotheca Orientalis 77.5/6, pp.429-445.
(forthcoming) ‘Religious Life’ with Ewins, A. in Kaizer, T. ed. A Companion to the Hellenistic and Roman Near East, Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World. Wiley Blackwell, Malden, MA .
- BA; MA; PhD (Durham)