Dr Dominic Dalglish

Academic Background

I studied Ancient History and Classics at Durham University, before coming to Oxford for a Masters and DPhil in Classical Archaeology. Since my undergraduate I have had a strong interest in the Near East (Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel) particularly from the late Hellenistic period into Late Antiquity, and in ancient religion. My doctoral thesis, 'Making Gods, Moving Gods Material and Textual Propositions of the Divine from first century BC Commagene to the Roman Empire in the third century AD,' was a study of the ways in which the divine were objectified in the ancient Mediterranean, and the importance of objectification for our understanding of ancient religion. 

From 2013-18, I was part of the 'Empires of Faith' project, based jointly at the University of Oxford and the British Museum, working on the 2017-18 exhibition, 'Imagining the Divine: Art and the Rise of World Religions' hosted by the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Since 2018 I have been involved with the joint Oxford-Messina archaeological mission at Halaesa, Sicily.

Research Interests

My work currently focuses on the study of the past, in particular religion in antiquity, through the visual and material record. I am interested in how we use this evidence in relation to texts in terms of how we analyse it, what we allow it to do and to challenge, how we teach from it, and how we propose answers from it. Whilst I remain involved in the study of the Near East, I am increasingly developing an approach in relation to Sicily, particularly through archaeological work carried out at the Hellenistic and Roman site of Halaesa Arconidea.

Research Keywords

Roman History, Roman Art and Archaeology, History of the Mediterranean, Ancient Religion, iconography, Late Antique History, Epigraphy, Early Church


Full Publications: Dr Domonic Dalglish Publications 2019


Selected Publications: