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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.

September coin of the month: The lead tokens of Roman Egypt: Thoughts on Function

As part of the initiative to put the tokens of the Ashmolean Museum online (generously funded by the Humanities Research Fund and the European Research Council), Denise Wilding explores The Lead Tokens of Roman Egypt: Thoughts on Function.

Masters funding for Warwick Alumni

Are you interested in pursuing an MA in ANCIENT VISUAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE, or ANCIENT LITERATURE AND THOUGHT after your degree in the CLASSICS AND ANCIENT HISTORY Department? Applications for our MA programmes are still open. You might be interested to hear about the university's new Graduate Award Scheme, offering up to 200 awards to be allocated according to academic merit; this gives a 30% reduction of the academic fee for our Masters courses. All alumni will also benefit from a 10% discount on the fee (unless recipients of the Award).

Both our MA provide extensive in depth-training for further research (PhD) and various professional careers such as museum and heritage sectors. The ANCIENT LITERATURE AND THOUGHT course will provide you with a unique opportunity to explore ancient literature in more depth, and an intensive introduction to literary theory through an interdisciplinary approach. The ANCIENT VISUAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE course will open up several areas of specialism such as numismatics and epigraphy, in close contact with major collections and museums from the UK. The ‘Ancient Rome’ and ‘Ancient Greece’ options will take you to the BSR and the BSA respectively for part of your training over the summer (COVID-19 permitting).

Information on the available programmes and options are available here. We will hold a Q/A session via Teams on Thursday 18 June, 11-12 am. Please register your interest with Caroline Petit ( by Tuesday 16 June if you wish to attend.


For more information and informal queries, please contact Dr Caroline Petit, DGS for Classics and Ancient History



General information on Master's loans can be found here (to be updated for 2020 entry).

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