Associate Professor (Lecturer)
Email: M dot C dot Scott at warwick dot ac dot uk
Personal website: www.michaelscottweb.com
Room H234, Humanities Building, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Before coming to Warwick, Michael completed his training at Cambridge, where he was also the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow in ancient history at Darwin College, as well as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics. He has taught widely in the UK and Greece, and his research is focused on using inter-disciplinary approaches to the literary, epigraphic and material evidence to investigate ancient Greek and Roman society. Michael also believes passionately in making the ancient world as accessible as possible to a wider audience. He regularly talks in schools around the country, writes books intended for the popular market as well as articles for national and international newspapers and magazines, takes part in radio programmes, and has written and presented several TV series about the ancient world for History Channel, National Geographic, BBC and ITV. To see these programmes, and find out more, visit: www.michaelscottweb.com
In January 2015, Michael was awarded the Warwick University Staff Award for Outstanding Community Contribution. See here for more details.
In July 2015, Michael was appointed a Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy
In Febrary 2016 Michael was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
In June 2016 Michael won a Warwick Award in Teaching Excellence (WATE)
Michael is President of Lytham Saints Anne's Classical Association branch, a co-Director of the Sidney Stringer School Classics Hub in Coventry, and a member of the Centre for Television History, Heritage and Memory Research, University of Warwick
His latest book, Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West was published 1st July 2016 and in paperback in January 2017. His latest TV documentaries, Italy's Invisible Cities (BBC1) and Sicily (BBC2) aired in early 2017 to a combined audience of over 5 million in the UK.
In 2017-8, Michael has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for a project investigating the socio-political impacts of ancient global trade in luxury goods.
You can watch a short video here, in which Michael discusses links between his research and teaching, bringing his work to a wider audience through outreach activities and what's special about Warwick.
My principal research interests lie in the intersection of ancient history and archaeology within the Mediterranean and more widely across the ancient world. Previous topics of study include the interrelationships between art and text, the changing perception and experience of sacred space, the political uses of architecture, the impact and use of epigraphic documents as both text and monument and the reception of the ancient world in the modern. My PhD, now published with Cambridge University Press, focused on the spatial development of monumental dedications at Delphi and Olympia. My book with Princeton University Press in 2014 brought the literary, epigraphic and archaeological evidence for the development, perception and role of Delphi from its inception through to the 21st century. My most recent book, Anicent Worlds, is a study of the growing connections between ancient civilisations from the Mediterranean to China. I am continuing this research during 2017-8 as a Leverhulme Research Fellow. For my current research interests, see my Research page.
Teaching and supervision
- Greek Culture and Society
- Democracy and Imperialism in Classical Athens
- Greek Religion
- Hellenistic World
- From Confucius to Constantine: Ancient Global History
- Taught MA in Material and Visual Culture
- Research MA Supervision
- PhD Supervision
In 2013-4, I was awarded an IATL Pedagogic intervention grant for teaching in the Greek Culture and Society module, and an IATL Academic Fellowship for my Democracy and Imperialism in Classical Athens module. In 2014-5, I was awarded an IATL Pedagogic intervention grant for my Greek Religion module.
In 2014-5, I have also been awarded an HRF Impact Award and an IAS Public Engagement Award for the organisation of the Department of Classics Ancient Drama Festival for Schools, at which over 560 school children will be enjoying a day of lectures and seminars surrounding a performance of Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae by the Warwick Undergraduate Classics Society.
In 2015-6, I was awarded a IATL Pedagogic intervention grant for teaching in my Democracy and Imperialism module.
In 2015 and 2016 I won Strategic and Departmental Impact grants to develop a new portal Oiko.world to facilitate the study of ancient civilisations and their connections, which will be incorporated into my new Undergraduate Ancient Global History module in 2018-9.
- Impact Officer (Department of Classics, Warwick) 2016-
- Admissions Officer (Department of Classics, Warwick) 2013-6
- Widening Participation and Outreach Officer (Department of Classics, Warwick) 2013-6
- Faculty of Arts representative on the Committee on the Admission of Students to Courses of Study, University of Warwick 2014-
- Foundation Fellow of the Warwick International Higher Education Academy 2015-
- Member of IATL Management Committee, University of Warwick 2015-
- Member of the Teaching, Search and Development Committees of the British School at Athens 2016-
- President of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association branch 2014-
- Co-Director of the Sidney Stringer Academy Classics Hub 2014-
- Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West 2016 (Penguin Random House)
- M.I Finley: An Ancient Historian and his Impact 2016 (Cambridge) eds. R. Osborne, D. Jew and M. Scott
- 'The Spatial Indeterminacy and social life of athletic facilities (other than stadia)', in P. Christesen and D. Kyle (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Sport and Spectacle (Malden, 2013).
- Space and Society in the Greek and Roman World (Cambridge, 2012).
- 'Displaying lists of what is (not) on display: the uses of inventories in Greek sanctuaries' in M. Haysom and J. Wallensten (eds.), Current Approaches to Greek Religion (Athens, 2011) 239-52.
- with L. Skinns and A. Cox (eds.), Risk: the 25th Darwin Lecture Series (Cambridge, 2011).
- Delphi and Olympia: the spatial politics of panhellenism in the archaic and classical periods (Cambridge, 2010).
- From Democrats to Kings: the story of how the Greek world changed from Athens to Alexander the Great (London, 2009).
- 'Constructing identities in sacred interstate space: the case of the Arkadian monument at Delphi', BAR 1739 (2008) 431-8.
- 'Architectural sculpture in its archaeological context: the Siphnian treasury at Delphi', BABESCH 82 (2007) 23-33.
- External adjudicator for ancient history project proposals to the Council for the Humanities of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research
- External Adjudicator for Austrian Science Fund
- Reader for Cambridge University Press, Journal of Hellenic Studies and Hesperia
- Member of the Classical Association, British Epigraphic Society, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, Society for the Promotion of Modern Greek Studies, British School at Rome, British School at Athens
- M.A., MPhil, PhD. (Cantab.)
Dr Scott is on research leave during 2017-8 with a Leverhulme Research Fellowship.