Professor Greg Woolf

Contact details

Name:
Professor Greg Woolf
Qualifications:
MA (Oxon) PhD (Cantab)
Position:
Director, Institute of Classical Studies
Institute:
Institute of Classical Studies
Location:
Institute of Classical Studies School of Advanced Study Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
Phone:
07764212575
Email address:
greg.woolf@sas.ac.uk

Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Ancient History, Archaeology, Classics, Colonies & Colonization, emigration & immigration, History of the book
Research keywords:
Rome, Urbanism, Culture and Imperialism, Literacy, Libraries
Regions:
Europe
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Greg Woolf is a cultural historian of the Roman Empire and surrounding regions. Much of his work uses social theory to connect archaeological and historical information about antiquity.

He has written on cultural dimension of the expansion of the empire, on Roman imperialism, the Roman economy, and on Roman intellectual culture, and also on iron age hillforts, ancient ethnography and the assasination of Julius Caesar. He has coedited collections on ancient literacy, ancient libraries, encyclopaedic culture in premodern periods, the city of Rome, women in Roman cities and on ancient senses of the self. His latest monograph is Rome. An Empire's Story.

With Jason König at St Andrews he led a Leverhulme project on Science and Empire in the Roman World, and with Jörg Rüpke at Erfurt he leads a collaborative project on sanctuaries and their place in the formation of religious experience and knowledge, funded by an Annaliese Maier research prize from the Humboldt Foundation. He is also writing a book on ancient diasporas and colonization, set in the context of migration theory, and a book on the naturalness of urban life.

Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

Date Details
01-Dec-2016 Moving Peoples in the Early Roman Empire

Chapters

Woolf, G (2017) Moving Peoples in the Early Roman Empire. In E. Lo Cascio, L.Tacoma and Miriam J. Groen-Vallinga (Eds) The impact of mobility and migration in the Roman Empire, Impact of Empire 12 (Leiden: Brill), pp. 25-41.

24-Apr-2015 Ritual Traditions of Non-Mediterranean Europe

Chapters

Woolf, G. (2015). Ritual Traditions of Non-Mediterranean Europe. In Raja, R., & Rüpke, J. (Eds.), A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World. (pp. 465-477). Wiley-Blackwell

01-Apr-2015 Pliny/Trajan and the Poetics of Empire

Articles

Woolf, G. (2015). Pliny/Trajan and the Poetics of Empire. Classical Philology 110.2, 132-151

ANÁLISES DO SISTEMA-MUNDO E O IMPÉRIO ROMANO

Articles

Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture

Edited Book

 2017, Co-Editor, Cambridge University Press

Empires, diasporas and the emergence of religions, In J.Carleton-Paget and J. Lieu (Eds) Christianity in the Second Century.

Chapters

 2017 Cambridge University Press

Only Connect? Network Analysis and Religious Change in the Roman World.

Journal articles

 2016, Single Author

Movers and Stayers. In L.de Ligt and L.E. Tacoma (Eds) Migration and Mobility in the Early Roman Empire, Studies in Global Social History 23/7 , Leiden: Brill ch 17, pp.440-463

Chapters

 2016, Signle Author, Brill

Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Details
The Sanctuary Project

A programme of research funded by the award of an Anneliese Maier Prize to Professor Greg Woolf by the Humboldt Foundation on the nomination of Professor Dr Jörg Rüpke of the Max Weber Center of the University of Erfurt. This research programme asks how sanctuaries formed human experience and religious knowledge in the ancient world.Specifically the aim is to establish conversations between a range of different disciplines including prehistoric and classical archaeology, social anthropology and ancient history, art history, Jewish and early Christian studies, and the history of religions.

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Relevant Events

Related events:

Date Details
30-Jun-2015 Humboldt Foundation International Workshop: All under Heaven? The Empire's Spatial Dimensions

Paper on 'Unterritorial Empires: Putting Space in its Place' during 3-day workshop at Eisenach, Germany

17-Jun-2015 'Imapct of Empire' 12th International Workshop: Mobility and Migration in the Roman World

Keynote: 'Moving Peoples in Early Empires'

27-May-2015 London Ancient History: PhD Student Afternoon

Gave plenary lecture

27-May-2015 London Ancient History: PhD Student Afternoon

Gave plenary lecture

21-Apr-2015 Guest Lecture at University of Erfurt

Lecture on "Stabilizing belief and ritual practice with/by sanctuary building"

24-Feb-2015 Tangier Forum for Global Studies Lecture Series

Lecture on 'The Ecology of Roman Imperialism'

09-Jan-2015 Ancient Literacy Reprised

Paper on 'Ancient Illiteracy' at seminar at the Society for Classical Studies (APA) 2015 Annual Meeting in New Orleans

Defining Sanctuaries Workshop

Co-organizer of Workshop at the University of Erfurt, 27-28 April 2015

Rethinking artefacts in Roman archaeology: Beyond representation

LAURENCE SEMINAR, FACULTY OF CLASSICS, CAMBRIDGE, 28-29 MAY 2015 - gave summation

Consultancy & Media
Available for consultancy:
Yes
Media experience:
Yes
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