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Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis
MA (Oxf), MA PhD (Lond)


Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology (part-time), Corpus Christi College
Lecturer in Classical Art (part-time), King's College London
Member, Faculty of Classics


Corpus Christi College


Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis


I studied Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1991-1995) and then undertook postgraduate studies at the The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, an MA in Byzantine Art (1996) and a PhD on pilgrimage in the Graeco-Roman world (2001). I have taught Classical Art and Archaeology at University College Dublin (2001-2002) and at Nottingham University, where I was a Special Leverhulme Research Fellow (2002-2005). Since 2005 I hold a part-time Lectureship in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. I am also part-time Lecturer in Classical Greek Art in the Classics Department at King’s College London since in 2012. I live in London; I am married with three children.

Research Keywords:

materiality and religion of the Graeco-Roman world, the body, travel and landscape, pilgrimage, the reception of Classical art, especially Greek Vases

Research Interests:

My research is located at the nexus between literature, materiality and reception. I combine close readings of texts with ancient spaces and art, using one to illuminate the other, resulting in multi-layered cultural history. These are the areas of my research:
• Materiality and religion of the Graeco-Roman world
• The body, travel and pilgrimage
• Sensory approaches to the experience of religion, wonders and the human body
• The Reception of Greek Vases from the C18th to the present


Literae Humaniores Mods / CAAH Prelims
Texts and Contexts
Greek Sculpture c. 600 - 300 BC
Greek Vases

Literae Humaniores Mods
Texts and Contexts

Literae Humaniores / CAAH Finals
Greek Art and Archaeology from c.500 to 300 BC
Art under the Roman Empire AD 14-337

Expertise and Public Engagement:

I have given talks on aspects of Classical Art and Archaeology to young people, including a study day on the Ancient Greeks and Archaeology at a Primary School and at the British Museum Classical Civilisations Study Day for AS and A-level students. Recently I have also participated in a ‘Classics for All’ Fundraising event, as Interlocutor with Dr Ian Jenkins, on British Museum’s exhibition ‘Defining Beauty: the Body in Ancient Greek Art’.

Selected Publications:

'Between the body and the divine: healing votives from Classical and Hellenistic Greece', in Ex-Voto. Votive Giving Across Cultures, I. Weinryb (ed.), (New York: Bard Graduate Center forthcoming 2016).

'The virtual and the palimpsest: space and votives at the Hellenistic Amphiareion at Oropos', in Excavating Pilgrimage, T. Myrup Kristensen (ed.), (Ashgate forthcoming 2015).

Truly beyond Wonders: Aelius Aristides and the cult of Asklepios, Ancient Culture and Representation Series, S.R.F. Price, R.R.R. Smith and O. Taplin (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2010).

'The Body in the landscape: Aristides' corpus in the light of The Sacred Tales', in Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome and the Gods, W. Harris and B. Holmes (eds.), (Leiden 2008), 131-50.

'Landscape, transformation and divine epiphany', in Severan Culture , S. Swain, S. Harrison and J. Elsner (eds.), (Cambridge University Press 2007), 250-89.

'Amphiaraos present: images of healing pilgrimage in ancient Greece', in Presence: The Inherence of the Prototype within Images and Other Objects, R. Shepherd and R. Maniura (eds.), (Ashgate 2006), 205-29.

'Sacred writing, sacred reading: the function of Aelius Aristides' self-presentation as author in the Sacred Tales', in The Limits of Ancient Biography, J. Mossman and B. McGing (eds.), (Classical Press of Wales 2006), 193-211.

'The body in space: visual dynamics in Graeco-Roman healing pilgrimage', in Seeing the Gods: Patterns of Pilgrimage in Antiquity, I. Rutherford and J. Elsner (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2005), 183-218.

'Narratives of transformation: pilgrimage patterns and authorial self-presentation in three pilgrimage texts', in Pilgrim Voices: Narrative and Authorship in Christian Pilgrimage, S. Coleman and J. Elsner (eds.), (2003), 84-109.