Professor Nicholas Purcell

Undergraduate at Worcester College, Oxford, 1973-77
Fellow by Examination, All Souls' College, Oxford 1977-79
Official Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, St John's College, Oxford, 1979-2011
Camden Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford, 2011-present

Ancient social, economic and cultural history, especially of peninsular Italy and the city of Rome; Mediterranean history and its place in larger historical and global contexts.

Wine, viticulture, gardens, Campania, apparitores, scribes, water, hydrology, geography, cities, urbanism, Roman populace, sale, exchange, villas, games, fisheries, ports, rivers, Capitol, Mediterranean history, mobility, maps, roads.

I teach most Roman history topics at PGT level, and my supervision and lecturing fall particularly in the fields of research mentioned above.

  • Mediterranean Perspectives on Departure, Displacement, and Home

  • MOUNTAIN MARGINS POWER, RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL INEQUALITY IN ANTIQUITY

  • The non-polis and the game of mirrors: Rome and carthage in ancient and modern comparison

  • A second Nature? The riverine landscapes of the Romans

  • 'Such is Rome': Strabo on the imperial metropolis

  • More
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