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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

About

I am currently a third year 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 ancient Greek gymnasia through a social approach to space and the built environment. 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 archaeological projects in Greece and Italy, including the Emporio Hinterland Project on Chios (2021, University College London and the Antiquities Ephorate of Chios), the Halaesa Archaeological Project in Sicily (since 2019, University of Oxford and Università degli Studi di Messina), and Kastro Velika (Βελίκα) project in Thessaly (2019, University of Oxford and the Antiquities Ephorate of Larissa).

Research

My thesis presents a "socio-sensory" approach to space and the built environment in gymnasia in mainland Greece and the Aegean islands (late Classical-Imperial period). The social aspect of this approach forms a socio-historical analysis of gymnasion users in individual case studies (namely the complexes at Olympia, Amphipolis and Delos), providing a framework through which to understand the nuanced social relations between those inhabiting space. The sensory aspect then seeks to integrate the sociological data with digital and quantitative forms of spatial analysis (both on micro and semi-micro scales) which focus on establishing an individual's experience of space. This integrative approach utilises spatial theories such as those developed by Henri Lefebvre, Anthony Giddens and Amos Rapoport in eliminating "a one-to-one or punctual correspondence between social actions and social locations, between spatial functions and spatial forms.” The thesis, therefore, sheds light on how the built environment actively impacts social interactions within gymnasia and mediates the relationship of these complexes with societies in mainland Greece and the Aegean islands.

Other research interests include: athletics in ancient philosophy and literature, computational approaches in archaeology, and sensory studies as applied to Classics/classical archaeology.

Other Roles

  • Sessional Teacher, Hellenistic World Module (CX251), Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, 2020/2021, 2021/2022.
  • Co-organiser, Postgraduate Colloquium, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, 2020/2021.
  • Co-organiser, Work in Progress Seminar Series, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, 2020/2021.
  • Secretary, Postgraduate Student-Staff Liason Council (SLLC), Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, 2020/2021.
  • Co-founder and co-editor, Material Musings blog, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick, January 2021-present.

Publications

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.

Awards

  • Graduate bursary for a two-week research stay at the Fondation Hardt (Geneva, Switzerland), Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, September 2021.
  • The Hector and Elizabeth Catling Bursary, British School at Athens, 2020/21.
  • Fieldwork Bursary, British School at Athens and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, 2020/21.
  • Thomas Greene Fund (Craven Committee, University of Oxford) towards participation in the Halaesa Archaeological Project, 2019.
  • 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, 2019.
  • Cardiff University R. G. Austin Prize for “Best Final Year Performance in Ancient History” 2018/17.
  • 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.

Qualifications

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

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

Links

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Material Musings Blog