Andrew Connor is a historian and papyrologist. He is currently Lecturer in Ancient History in the Centre for Ancient Cultures at Monash University, and the head of Orion College. His research explores religion, culture, and empire in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt. His current project examines the evidence for religious persecution in the Egyptian temples under Augustus.
Dr Hamish Cameron
Hamish is an ancient historian at Victoria University of Wellington where he studies borderlands, the representation of geographical space in texts and the experience of lived space in urban and religious environments. His regional focus is the intersections between the Southwest Asian/Near Eastern and Mediterranean empires of the Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman periods. He also studies the representation of the ancient world in digital and analog games.
Dr Amelia Brown
Dr Amelia R. Brown is a Senior Lecturer in Greek History and Language at UQ. She teaches and researches in the Classics and Ancient History discipline of the School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry. Her interests span Archaic to Byzantine Greek History, Archaeology and Art History. She is writing a book on cults of ancient Greek seafarers, and just completed a DECRA fellowship from the Australian Research Council. Her monograph Corinth in Late Antiquity: A Greek, Roman & Christian City was published by IB Tauris in 2018, and is now a Bloomsbury paperback. She received her PhD in 2008 from the University of California at Berkeley in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, where she focused on Greek Religion, Roman Sculpture and Late Antiquity. She has published numerous articles on Ancient Greek Art, Archaeology and History, particularly in the era of Late Antiquity, and is a scholar of ancient to medieval urban history at Corinth, Thessalonike and Malta.
Dr Jeremy Armstrong
Jeremy Armstrong is an Associate Professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. He received his BA from the University of New Mexico and his MLitt and PhD from the University of St Andrews. He works primarily on early Rome and archaic Italy, with a particular interests in the spheres of warfare and technology. He is the author of War and Society in Early Rome: From Warlords to Generals (CUP, 2016), as well as editing several volumes on related topics.
Dr Gijs W Tol
Gijs Tol is senior lecturer in Roman Archaeology at the University of Melbourne. He obtained his PhD from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) in 2012, and subsequently worked as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer at the same institution. His main research interest lies in the study of Graeco-Roman (rural) society and economy. He currently leads landscape archaeological fieldwork in the Pontine Plain (southern Lazio, Italy), investigating the role of villages in the Roman economy and co-directs excavations at the Early Imperial period artisanal centre of Podere Marzuolo in Tuscany.
Dr Melanie Filios
As an archaeologist and anthropologist, I am interested in the ways in which humans adapt and interact with their changing environments. I use the human-animal-environmental nexus to address changes in subsistence, socio-economic organization and environmental change, and have current research projects in Cyprus and Australia. I have worked in the Mediterranean for over 20 years, as both a field archaeologist and zooarchaeologist at a variety of archaeological sites throughout Greece, including Early Bronze Age Halai, the Archaic Sanctuary to Apollo at Kato Phana, Chios, and Geometric Zagora, Andros. I direct the Australian Centre for Domesticate and Commensal research (ACDCr), and I am an Associate Director of the Paphos Theatre Project with the University of Sydney, where my focus has been on understanding the way in which animals can provide a clearer picture of the activities on the site of the ancient theatre. I also coordinate and run a zooarchaeology field school at Paphos which provides students with an opportunity to engage in current archaeological research.
History Honours prepared me for a doctorate on the transition from Late Roman Gaul to Early Mediaeval Francia, by using both the idea and the reality of the villa in the Roman province of Aquitanica Prima as a thermometer for cultural change into the post-Roman period. How, why and at what point did the concept of the villa segue into the core of the mediaeval village? This research required me to endure summer field trips to the warm and sunny heartland of France, roaming the wine-growing countryside in search of villa remains which were mostly excavated in the 19th century. Apart from being a dirt (and sometimes dirty) archaeologist, I specialise in the analysis of glass in the ancient Near East - how it was used, in what proportions to other media of utensils, and how those uses changed over time and across regions. Most of this work is centred upon the Roman-Byzantine and early mediaeval periods in Jordan, Syria, southern Turkey and now central Greece. Occasionally, I am given the opportunity to study earlier material, and have published on glass in the Iron Age.
Here in the University of Adelaide, I am also the Director of our Departmental Museum of Classical Archaeology.
Dr Ray Laurence
Ray Laurence is Professor of Ancient History at Macquarie University (Sydney, Australia). His book Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (1994) provided the disciplines of Ancient History and Archaeology with a fully developed analysis of streets and public space. Over the last two decades, he has sought to develop the study of space in Roman Italy and has published extensively on the subject. Publications include a second edition of Roman Pompeii: Space and Society (2007); Rome, Ostia, Pompeii: Movement and Space (2011); The City in the Roman West (2011) and Written Space in the Latin West (2013). In addition to this, he has worked on the role of movement in the development of the Roman landscape exemplified by his book: The Roads of Roman Italy: Mobility and Cultural Change (1999). His work based in Archaeology, History and Classics is characterised by a cross-disciplinary aspect that causes it to be accessible to architects, landscape historians, geographers and urbanists. He is the editor of the Routledge series: Studies in Roman Space and Urbanism.
Dr James H Richardson
James H. Richardson is Associate Professor of Classics at Massey University. He is the author of The Fabii and the Gauls: Studies in Historical Thought and Historiography in Republican Rome and Kings and Consuls: Eight Essays on Roman History, Historiography and Political Thought, and the co-editor of a number of volumes, including Priests and State in the Roman World and Ruin or Renewal? Places and the Transformation of Memory in the City of Rome.
Dr Dan Osland
I am a Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Otago, where I teach papers in classical languages, history, and archaeology. My primary research interest is in how the lives of ordinary people were affected by major historical events, using the archaeological record as a lens through which to examine living conditions the Roman and late antique periods. I have worked on excavation projects in Portugal and Spain, most recently in the city of Mérida (Augusta Emerita). I am currently working on a book that investigates church and state relations in late antiquity at the local level.
Dr Gillian Shephard
Gillian Shepherd is the Director of the A.D. Trendall Research Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies and a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University. Gillian studied Classics and Fine Arts at the University of Melbourne before going on to complete a PhD in Classical Archaeology at Trinity College, Cambridge, followed by a research fellowship at St Hugh’s College, Oxford. Until her return to Australia in 2012 to take up her position at La Trobe University, Gillian was Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her research interests include the ancient Greek colonisation of Sicily and Italy, burial customs, the archaeology and art of Greece and Magna Graecia, and childhood in antiquity.