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Dr Abigail Graham

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Email: Abigail dot Graham at warwick dot ac dot uk

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

Research interests

My primary interest is the appearance and perception of monuments in the ancient world, with a specialisation in the Late Republican/Early Imperial period (ca. 80 BC- AD 250). This topic broadly includes archaeological evidence from the urban landscape as well as broad range of visual culture and historical information from art and architecture to epigraphy. The overall aim of my research is to explore the ways in which monumental inscriptions can be used within their urban contexts to inform our understanding of the urban landscape, including the representation of identity, imperial power and religion, as well as the function of public writing and literacy in the ancient world. The focus of my research has up to this point, been primarily in Roman Asia Minor at Ephesus and Aphrodisias with the plan of applying the methodologies used in these sites on an Empire wide basis, including Roman North Africa and Italy. My most recent research ( a monograph, in progress) considers the relationship between Epigraphy, the monumental context and the Roman Viewer, drawing modern parallels in topics of paratext, palaeography and the carving process (including damnatio memoriae). My interests also extend to didactic methodology, particularly in terms of how we teach and use epigraphic evidence in broader range of classical fields and media including museums, textbooks, as well as interactive websites. For example of my recent work, see the link below for "The Romans" new companion website, with timelines, detailed historical and archaeological case studies, powerpoint presentations, and links to additional bibliographies and on-line video lectures.

The Romans Companion Website 

Course Co-ordinator for British School at Rome Postgraduate course in Epigraphy. The next course will run from July 16-25th 2018. This is a 10 day course for postgraduates in a number of classic and historical fields on the use of epigraphic evidence as a source.

BSR Taught Course in Epigraphy:

BSR Course Poster 2018

Course description 2016

BSR Provisional Syllabus 2016

http://www.bsr.ac.uk/staying/taught-courses/epigraphy


Teaching and supervision

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Postgraduate:

Selected publications

Versions of some of the articles can be viewed through my account on academia.edu

  • The Romans: An Introduction by A .Kamm and A Graham (People of the Ancient World Series), Routledge (London) pp. 278; November 2014.
  • "The word is not enough: A new methodology for assessing monumental epigraphy. A case study from Imperial Ephesos", American Journal of Archaeology (July 2013).
  • "Reappraising the value of Same text relationships: a study of inscriptions in the Monumental landscape in Aphrodisias." The Materiality of Text (ed) Petrovic A, Petrovic I, and E. Thomas, Text and Materiality: placements, presences and perceptions of inscribed text in classical antiquity (Brill 2016).
  • "The power of images at Aphrodisias: The role of digital resources in transforming our approach to palaeography in monumental inscriptions" pp 367-389- in Digital and Traditional Epigraphy in Context. Proceedings of the EAGLE 2016 is on line and freely downloadable at the following link:
    http://digilab-epub.uniroma1.it/index.php/Antichistica/issue/view/38
  • "Understanding the Roman Empire: A brief history" published by Oxford Analytica, 2008.
  • Contributor of reading, comments and photos for the online publication and database "Inscriptions of Aphrodisias" (2007) Kings College London.

Recent Papers (2017)

  • June 6th "The Lady doth Process too much methinks: Experiencing Salutaris' Foundation as a ritual event" at Fields: the Role of Memory and Sensoriality" Queens University (Belfast).
  • May 14th " Epigraphic collection in the Digital Age: Fantastic Texts and Where to Find them" at University of Warwick Workshop on "Public Engagement in Museums using Latin Inscriptions".
  • March 30th 2017, "Applying Media Theory. Facetime: New Ways of Assessing inscriptions in a Digital Age". TRAC (Durham)
  • January 16th 2017 "The Writing is on the Wall: Veiwing Salutaris' Foundation as a monument." Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents (Oxford).

Qualifications

  • B.A. (Colgate University)
  • M. Phil (Oxford)
  • D. Phil (Oxford)

IATL Field Trip Powerpoints 2016

 (Powerpoint Presentation)Corinium pottery

(Powerpoint Presentation)Corinium Coins

(Powerpoint Presentation) Corinium Inscriptions

(Powerpoint Presentation) Chedworth Mosaics

(Powerpoint Presentation)Religion at Chedworth

Romans talk