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Dr Edward Bispham
MA, DPhil Oxf


Tutorial Fellow in Ancient History, Brasenose College
Associate Professor in Ancient History, Faculty of Classics


Brasenose College

Tel No: (01865) 277524

Dr Edward Bispham


I am interested in all areas of antiquity, the classical world and its interlocutors; I teach most ancient history papers. For the past decade and a bit more I have been thinking about how historians should and can use archaeological data, and vice versa. I have been very lucky to be able to go to the mountains in central Italy and think about this while other people shovel large amounts of soil around. Currently I am chairman of the Sub-Faculty of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology: my present project involves trying to find out what this means in practice.

Research Keywords:

Pre-Roman and Roman Italy (history, epigraphy, archaeology); Roman historiography

Research Interests:

My research interests fall broadly into three categories at the moment: the history, archaeology and epigraphy of Italy, especially the impact of the Roman conquest; the political and cultural history of the Roman Republic; early Roman historiography. I am Co-Director of the Sangro Valley Project (Phase II), with Prof. Susan Kane, of Oberlin College, Ohio.

Selected Publications:

Rome and Antium: Pirates, Polities and Identity in the Late Republic, in Integration and Identity in Roman Italy, Roselaar S (eds.), (EJ Brill 2013).

The 'Hellenistics of Death' in Central Italy, in The Hellenistic West, Prag JRW, Quinn J (eds.), (Cambridge University Press 2013).

The Roman Republic, 264-44 B.C., (Routledge 2012).

Time for Italy in Velleius Paterculus, in Velleius Paterculus: Making History, Cowan E (eds.), (Classical Press of Wales 2011), 17-58.

Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. with B.A. Sparkes & T.E. Harrison, paperback edn, (Edinburgh: EUP 2010).

Atessa (CH). Excavations in 2009, Co-author: Wolff N, Kane SE, Swift KP, Shelton CP, Mackinnon M, Quaderni di Archeologia d'Abruzzo, (2009), 246-249.

'What Lies Beneath: Ploughsoil Assemblages, the Dynamics of Taphonomy and the Interpretation of Field Survey Data", in G. Lock & A. Faustoferri (eds), Archaeology and Landscape in Central Italy. Papers in Memory of John A. Lloyd., Co-author: K. Swift & N. Wolff, (Oxbow 2008), 54-76.

Religions, in Roman Europe, Bispham EH (ed.), (Oxford University Press 2008), 203-233.

Roman Europe, Bispham EH (ed.), Co-author: Bradley GJ, Wells P, Salway RWB, Harlow M, Wilson AI, Bowden W, Terrenato N, (Oxford University Press 2008).

Warfare and the Army, in Roman Europe, Bispham EH (ed.), (Oxford University Press 2008), 135-169.

'The Samnites', in G.J. Bradley, E. Isayev & C. Riva (eds), Ancient Italy. Regions without Boundaries, (Exeter: Exeter University Press 2007), 179-223.

From Asculum to Actium. The Municipalization of Italy from the Social War to Augustus, (Oxford: OUP 2007).

Vita Vigilia Est. Essays in Honour of Barbara Levick. Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Supplement 100, ed. with G. Rowe and E. Matthews; 'Pliny the Elder's Italy', (London: Institute of Classical Studies 2007), 41-67.