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Matthew Evans

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Postgraduate Researcher

Email: matthew dot evans dot 2 at warwick dot ac dot uk

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


I am currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. My project is co-supervised by Prof. Michael Scott and Prof. Zahra Newby, and explores social identities in ancient Greek gymnasia through a sensory approach to space. I received first-class honours (with awards) in my BA in Ancient History at Cardiff University (2018) and received a distinction in my Mst in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oxford (2019). I have participated in excavations at the Halaesa Archaeological Project in Sicily since 2019 with the University of Oxford and Università degli Studi di Messina, and participated in excavations, field survey and digital 3D modelling at the Byzantine Castle of Velika (Βελίκα) in Larissa, Greece with the University of Oxford and the Antiquities Ephorate of Larissa in 2019.


My research is concerned with how the space of gymnasia in mainland Greece, the Aegean islands and Asia Minor influences and interacts with processes of social identities from the late Classical to early Imperial periods. For this, I utilise methods of digital, quantitative and three-dimensional spatial analysis alongside formal methods of sensory studies. The primary aim is to develop an understanding of how gymnasia, through both the form and function of their space, interact with not only their surrounding spatial/social environments but also with the various individuals using such facilities. Several case studies (including the gymnasia of Amphipolis, Olympia and Pergamon) will highlight the nuanced and complex relationships between gymnasia and societies.


Evans, M.P. (2020). "Architectural and Spatial Features of Plato's Gymnasia and Palaistrai." In H.L Reid, M. Ralkowski, & C. Zoller (Eds.), Athletics, Gymnastics, and Agon in Plato. Sioux City, Iowa: Parnassos Press. pp. 31-50.


  • Cardiff University Elizabeth Thomas Award for “Best Performance in Ancient History Year 2” 2017/16.

  • Cardiff University R. G. Austin Prize for “Best Final Year Performance in Ancient History” 2018/17.

  • In 2019 I was awarded a Lorne Thyssen Research Fund (Ancient World Research Cluster, Wolfson College, University of Oxford) to complete fieldwork at Pompeii. This was in aid of my Mst dissertation on cultural exchanges through leisure and athletics in late-Hellenistic Pompeii.

  • In 2019 I was awarded a grant from the Thomas Greene Fund (Craven Committee, University of Oxford) towards participation in the Halaesa Archaeological Project.


  • BA in Ancient History, Cardiff University (2018).

  • Mst in Classical Archaeology, University of Oxford (2019).