Since its commencement, in 2008, the RD Milns Visiting Professor scheme has attracted a wonderful group of leading scholars in fields of Classics and Ancient History.



Professor David Levene, New York University

David Levene is a Professor of Classics at New York University.

During his time with the School Professor Levene was involved in various events, including:

  • Friday, 21 August: Research Seminar ‘Historical Method and National Identity in the Ancient World’
  • Tuesday, 25 August: Critical Dialogues Seminar on the figure of Cincinnatus in Livy
  • Friday, 28 August: Masterclass for undergraduates and postgraduates ‘How to Study in the US’



Professor John Bodel, Brown University, Rhode Island

Professor John BodelJohn Bodel is the W. Duncan MacMillan II Professor of Classics and Professor of History at Brown University, Rhode Island USA and a fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Professor Bodel has been Director of the US Epigraphy Project since 1995, and he is a world renowned social historian and epigraphist. Professor Bodel’s research interests include Tomb gardens, life and death in Roman cemeteries, death and ‘social death’ in Ancient Rome, Roman epigraphy and literacy, slave names, the publication of Pliny’s Letters, muliones and the organisation of Roman land transport, status dissonance and dissidents in the equestrian order and the popular reception of elite taste and imperial ideology in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

During his time with the School Professor Bodel took part in many events, including:

  • Friday, 30 May: Research Seminar ‘High Culture in Low Places: The Popular Perception of Elite Taste in Pompeii and Herculaneum’
  • Monday, 2 June: undergraduate lecture (for the course ANCH2030: Myth, Magic and Religion)
  • Wednesday, 4 June: Epigraphy Seminar for Honours and Research Higher Degree Students
  • Friday, 6 June: RD Milns Antiquities Museum 2014-2015 Exhibition Opening ‘A Study in Stone: The History of Epigraphy’
  • Saturday, 7 June: Public Lecture, Museum Saturday Series ‘The Rediscovery of Rome and the Formation of the American Epigraphic Collection’



Professor Mark Golden, University of Winnipeg 

Professor Mark GoldenMark Golden is a Professor of Classics at the University of Winnipeg.

Professor Golden is a leading authority on sport in the ancient world. He is also an expert on the social history of ancient Greece and Rome.

Professor Golden is the RD Milns Visiting Professor for 2013. He visited the School for 2 weeks during September, 2013.

During his time with the School, Professor Golden was involved in various events including: 

  • Wednesday, 18 September: undergraduate lecture (for the course ANCH2040: The World of Classical Athens)
  • Thursday, 19 September: undergraduate lecture (for the course ANCH2280: Roman Society and Civilization)
  • Friday, 20 September: Research Seminar ‘The Second Childhood of Mark Golden?’
  • Thursday, 26 September: Research Seminar ‘Hierarchies of Heroism in Greek Sport’



Professor Judith M. Barringer, University of Edinburgh

Professor Judith M. BarringerJudith M. Barringer is a Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology with the University of Edinburgh.

Professor Barringer is an acknowledged leader in the fields of Greek art, archaeology and mythology. Her scholarly work centres on the archaeology, art and culture of ancient Greece, particularly the intersection between art, myth, and religion, from the Archaic through Hellenistic periods. More specifically, she is interested in why images, particularly sculpture and vase painting, appear as they do and how they acquire meaning for ancient patrons and viewers from their physical and social contexts.

Professor Barringer visited the School from 27 August - 7 September, 2012.

During her time with the School, Professor Barringer was involved in various events, including:

  • Tuesday, 28 August: undergraduate lecture (for the course ANCH3020 - War and Games in Classical Athens);
  • Tuesday, 28 August: public lecture, "The Festival of the Ancient Olympics";
  • Thursday, 30 August: public lecture, "A Cultural History of Olympia and its Monuments"; and
  • Friday, 31 August: Classics research seminar, "The Changing Image of Zeus at Olympia".



Emeritus Professor Erich Gruen, University of California, Berkeley

Emeritus Professor Erich GruenErich Gruen is an Emeritus Professor of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Gruen's areas of academic interest have changed over the years. His interests have moved from Roman to Greek to Jewish history and from a political to diplomatic to cultural perspective of history.

Professor Gruen visited the School from 9-17 September, 2011.

During his time with the School, Professor Gruen was involved in various events, including:

  • Friday, 9 September: Classics research seminar, "Jewish Appropriation of Greek Mythology";
  • Sunday, 11 September: public lecture, "Identity Theft in the Ancient Mediterranean"; and
  • Thursday, 15 September: undergraduate lecture, "Rome in the 50s BC/The Lead-up to Civil War 52-49BC".



Professor Vincent Gabrielsen, SAXO-Institute, University of Copenhagen

Professor Vincent GabrielsenVincent Gabrielsen is a Professor of Ancient History at the SAXO-Institute, University of Copenhagen.

Professor Gabrielsen is a leading international expert on ancient Greek navies, Greek warfare, Athenian political institutions, Hellenistic social history and the ancient history of the Black-Sea region. He has published extensively and is constantly in demand for public lectures across Europe.

Professor Gabrielsen visited the School from 17-28 October, 2010.

During his time with the School, Professor Gabrielsen was involved in various events, including:

  • Sunday, 17 October: public lecture, "Banking and Credit Operations in the Ancient Greek World 350-31BC";
  • Monday, 18 October: undergraduate lecture (for the course ANCH2040 - The World of Classical Athens); and
  • Friday, 22 October: Keynote speaker session at Cultural History of the Greeks Conference, "Brotherhoods of Faith: Private Clubs in the Ancient World".



Professor Donald Kyle, University of Texas, Arlington

Professor Donald KyleDonald Kyle is a Professor of History and Classical Studies at the University of Texas, Arlington.

Professor Kyle is one of the world’s experts on the Ancient Olympic Games and their relevance to modern society. He researches aspects of the history of sport in antiquity. His teaching encompasses fields such as: Ancient Sport and Recreation; Greek and Roman History and Civilisation; Greek and Roman Historians; and History and Civilisation. Professor Kyle has published widely in this field and is an award-winning teacher.

Professor Kyle visited the School from 19-28 May, 2009.

During his time with the School, Professor Kyle was involved in various events, including:

  • Friday, 22 May: Classics research seminar, "Kyniska: Sport and Politics in Sparta";
  • Sunday, 24 May: public lecture, "The New Ancient Olympics"; and
  • Wednesday, 27 May: undergraduate lectures, "Roman Blood Sports" and "Roman Beast Spectacles" (for the course ANCH2230 - Pax Romana: The Early Roman Empire).



Emeritus Professor Beryl Rawson, Australian National University

Emeritus Professor Beryl Rawson

Beryl Rawson was a Professor Emerita of Classics at the Australian National University.

Professor Rawson was an historian of Ancient Rome. Her pioneering work in the systematic analysis of mass funerary inscriptions built a new picture of family life in Ancient Rome. Professor Rawson's research was critical in establishing the new field of studies of the family in the Ancient World. She was the first woman to serve as President of the Australian Historical Association.

Professor Rawson visited the School from 2-9 April, 2008.

During her time with the School, Professor Rawson was involved in various events, including:

  • Friday, 4 April: Classics research seminar, "Concepts of Slavery and Freedom in Roman Imperial Society";
  • Sunday, 6 April: public lecture, "Visualising the Roman Family: Finding Families and Children in Public and Private in Ancient Roman Society"; and
  • undergraduate lecture (for the course ANCH2400 - Society & Culture of the Ancient World).

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