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Prof. Teresa Morgan
MA PhD Camb, MA Oxf


Nancy Bissell Turpin Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Oriel College
Professor of Graeco-Roman History, Faculty of Classics


Oriel College

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Prof. Teresa Morgan


I have been a Fellow and Tutor at Oriel since 2000, having studied classics at Cambridge, theology at Oxford, and violin and viola at the Royal Academy of Music. I teach Greek and Roman history from the eighth century BCE to the fourth century CE. Among my particular interests are theoretical approaches to the writing of history, the history of sex, sexuality and gender, the history of religions, papyrology and all forms of social history.

Research Keywords:

Ancient history, cultural history, ethics, early Church, historiography

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the cultural history of the later ancient Greek world and Roman Empire and the history of early Christianity. In Literate Education in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds (CUP, 1998), I explore the role of education in the expanding, fast-changing, socially and culturally complex worlds of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the early Roman Empire. Popular Morality in the Early Roman Empire (CUP, 2007) uses proverbs, fables, gnomic sayings and exemplary stories to argue that below the level of philosophical schools, there was a web of remarkably coherent moral ideas in use in the society of the early principate. I am now working on a study of faith in early Christianity.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  T-Morgan-publications-Jul-2014.pdf

Selected Publications:

Roman Faith and Christian Faith, (OUP 2014 in press).

'Divine-human relations in the Aesopic corpus', JAH, Vol: 1, (2013), 3-26.

'Encyclopaedias of virtue? Collections of sayings and stories about wise men in Greek', in Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance, J. Koenig and G. Woolf (eds.), (Cambridge 2013).

'Is trust an emotion?', in Emotions in the Ancient World, A. Chaniotis (ed.), (Princeton 2013).

Popular Morality in the Early Roman Empire, (CUP 2007).

Literate Education in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds, (CUP 1998).