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New blog - Material Musings

We are pleased to announce a new monthly blog which will feature a variety of subject matter related to material culture from the ancient world. It aims to highlight and showcase some aspects of research work done in the Department of Classics and Ancient History and bring these to a wider audience. We hope that you will find the posts interesting, informative and enjoyable!

Congratulations to Dr Caroline Petit!

We are delighted to announce that Dr Caroline Petit has been awarded the prestigious Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

The award recognises Dr Petit’s excellent academic achievements, and she will be invited to carry out a new research project of her choosing in collaboration with colleagues in Germany.

Dr Petit’s research interests lie in the textual transmission, translation and interpretation of ancient medical texts. This includes the many ways they have been appropriated up to modern times.

Her recent projects include ‘Medical Prognosis in Late Antiquity’ (Wellcome Trust University Award, 2013-2018) and ‘Rethinking Ancient Pharmacology' (British Academy - Leverhulme 2017-2019).

In 2019 she was awarded the prestigious Médaille de Chénier by the French Académie des Inscriptions et des Belles Lettres for her recent book on the Greek physician and philosopher Galen of Pergamum (Galien de Pergame ou la rhétorique de la Providence. Médecine, littérature et pouvoir à Rome, Brill 2018). This medal is a distinction awarded only to one scholar every five years in recognition of outstanding scholarship in ancient Greek.

Find out more about Dr Petit’s research.

Coin of the Month: Glorification and personification on the Judaea Capta coinage

For the first of this year's series, undergraduate Rebecca Preedy explores the Judaea Capta coinage of the Flavians. Read it here.

Opportunities for International PhD scholarships at Warwick

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick welcomes applications from strong post-graduate students for the 2021 round of Chancellor's International Scholarships. The scheme is aimed at students from outside the UK and includes Overseas applicants, including students from the EU.
We are inviting applications from students whose research interests connect with our fields of expertise in:
• Ancient History
• Numismatics
• Greek and Latin Literature
• Reception studies
* Ancient Rhetoric
• Ancient Medicine
• History of Art
And more! See our current and recent projects here.
The deadline for Chancellor's International Scholarships applications is 21 January 2021, by which time applicants must have applied for a place to study at Warwick.

For full details of eligibility, funding, etc, please visit:

Students interested in applying for a doctoral programme in our department are encouraged to identify potential supervisors and contact them as soon as possible in order to discuss their research proposal. Further information about the Department’s research staff can be found on our webpage
Research proposals (about 1 side of A4), together with a CV and transcripts, should reach the department by 4 December 2020 at the latest to allow for timely submission. A live Q/A will take place on 2 December (9am, repeated at 3pm).
For any enquiries, please contact the Department’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Caroline Petit (
Thu 05 Nov 2020, 09:05 | Tags: Applying Faculty of Arts Postgraduate Show on homepage

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