Amber Gartrell

Amber Gartrell
Ancient History Postgraduate, April 2013

Prior to beginning my D.Phil at Oxford, I completed my BA and MA at the University of Warwick. I am now in the second year of my D.Phil and my thesis examines the developing significance of the Cult of the Dioscuri in Rome between the first century BC and the second century AD.

Undertaking postgraduate research at Oxford has been a wonderful experience. Alongside your supervisor, the extensive faculty ensures that you have the opportunity to meet experts in a range of fields. The large postgraduate community also means there is always someone to discuss your work with who can provide a different perspective. There is a fantastic variety of seminars, lectures and workshops to attend, providing the chance to explore aspects of the ancient world outside your own topic. Such lectures are often followed by a drinks reception which allows informal discussion to continue between faculty members, postgraduate students and speakers. The postgraduate work in progress seminars are a particularly useful place to try out your ideas as well as to meet other students at different stages in their research.

The collections of the libraries at Oxford are excellent, not only is the Classics Faculty close to the Sackler library and the Ashmolean museum, but the resources of the Bodleian library as well as college libraries are also available to you. All together these create a wonderfully diverse and stimulating environment for postgraduate research at Oxford.

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