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Dr Stephan Faust


Departmental Lecturer in Roman Art and Archaeology , Faculty of Classics


The Ioannou Centre for Classical & Byzantine Studies
66, St. Giles'



I completed my doctoral thesis at the University of Munich, Germany, in 2009. Having subsequently taken up a teaching and research post at the University of Tübingen (2009-2010), I started an academic career that I continued as Juniorprofessor at the University of Hamburg (2010-2016). I joined Oxford in 2017 as Lecturer in Roman Art and Archaeology (standing in for Janet DeLaine).

Research Keywords:

Ancient visual cultures, Roman imperial monuments, Greek and Roman funerary culture, late antique art

Research Interests:

When working on my doctoral thesis on Roman Battle Representations (published in 2012), I was drawn into debates about forms of political and social representation in Greek and Roman cultures and, in particular, about narrative qualities of ancient images. Consequently, I further investigated these themes in several articles, in which I discuss the imagery of imperial and funerary monuments from Italy and the provinces. Furthermore, I have a special interest in the Severan Age and in Late Antiquity.

A second monograph, which was co-authored with Dr Frank Hildebrandt (Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg) and was published in the autumn of 2015, is a comprehensive study of hoard finds from the Mediterranean and Northern Europe covering the periods between the Bronze Age to Late Antiquity.

More recently, together with Prof. Nadin Burkhardt (University of Eichstätt) I embarked on an excavation project in Pithekoussai (Ischia). This project, which started in 2016, pertains to the archaeology of the Early Iron Age in the Western Mediterranean. It will provide new insights in the layout, economy, and contacts of the earliest Greek settlement in the West.

Selected Publications:

'Pagan Iconography', in The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of the Archaeology of Late Antiquity, O. Brandt, J. Magness, L. Rutgers (eds.), Co-author: T. Myrup Kristensen, (Cambridge University Press forthcoming).

'Achill in geselliger Runde. Spätantike Perspektiven auf ein griechisches Heldenleben', in Antike. Kultur. Geschichte. Festschrift für Inge Nielsen zum 65. Geburtstag, Gateways. Hamburger Beiträge zur Archäologie und Kulturgeschichte des antiken Mittelmeerraums 2, S. Faust, M. Seifert, L. Ziemer (eds.), (Aachen 2015), 51-75, Notes: (Get-together with Achilles: Late Roman Perspectives on the Life of a Greek Hero).

Antike Schätze. Faszinierende Funde der Archäologie, Co-author: Frank Hildebrandt, (Mainz 2015), Notes: (Ancient Hoard Finds).

'Prestige in der Provinz. Zum Bildprogramm des 'Partherdenkmals' von Ephesos', in Ansehenssache. Formen von Prestige in Kulturen des Altertums, Münchner Studien zur Alten Welt 9, B. Christiansen, U. Thaler (eds.), (München 2012), 319-352, Notes: (Prestige in the Province. The Imagery of the 'Parthian Monument' at Ephesus).

Schlachtenbilder der römischen Kaiserzeit. Erzählerische Darstellungskonzepte in der Reliefkunst von Traian bis Septimius Severus, Tübinger Archäologische Forschungen 8 , (Rahden 2012), Notes: (Roman Battle Representations. Narrative Strategies in the Relief Art from Trajan to Septimius Severus).

'Original und Spolie. Interaktive Strategien im Bildprogramm des Konstantinsbogens, Mitteilungen des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts', Römische Abteilung, Vol: 117, (2011), 337-408, Notes: (Originals and Spolia. Interactive Strategies in the Imagery of the Arch of Constantine).

'Zur Repräsentation des severischen Kaiserhauses im Bildschmuck des Quadrifrons von Lepcis Magna', in Repräsentationsformen in severischer Zeit , S. Faust, F. Leitmeir (eds.), (Berlin 2011), 111-145, Notes: (The Severan Dynasty in the Imagery of the Quadrifrons at Lepcis Magna).

Repräsentationsformen in severischer Zeit, (Berlin 2011), Notes: co-edited with Florian Leitmeir (Forms of Representation in the Severan Age).