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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/MPhil 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 examines the space of Greek gymnasia (form, function and their interrelationships) in the Hellenistic and early Roman Imperial periods through a multisensory approach. For this, I utilise formal methods of sensory studies and three-dimensional techniques of spatial analysis in the framework of spatial theories such as Amos Rapoport's Nonverbal Communication Approach. The primary aim is to develop an understanding of how gymnasia interact with not only their surrounding spatial/social environments but also with the various individuals using such facilities. Through this approach, I wish to reveal the role of space in the formation of social identities, something which past scholarship on gymnasia has overlooked. Several case studies (including the gymnasia of Amphipolis, Olympia and Pergamon) will highlight the nuanced and complex relationships between gymnasia and societies.


  • 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).