Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at Corpus Christi College and Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College. Formerly a researcher with the British Museum and Oxford University research project 'Empires of Faith' (2013-2017), funded by the Leverhulme Trust and led by Prof. Jaś Elsner, which explored the role of objects and formation of iconography in religions across Eurasia during Late Antiquity. As part of this project, we curated the Ashmolean Museum exhibition 'Imagining the Divine: art and the rise of world religions' (Oct 2017-Feb 2018). After studying Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at Lincoln College, my doctorate was supervised by Prof. R.R.R. Smith and Dr Rachel Mairs.
Broadly speaking, my research interests concern the use and transformation of iconography in pre-Islamic Iran. My current work is on the relationship between art and religion in the Sasanian Persian Empire, and I am also preparing my doctoral thesis, on cultural interactions in Babylonia, Iran, and Bactria during the Hellenistic period, for publication as a monograph with OUP.
Sasanian art and religion; art in pre-Islamic Iran; art and archaeology of the Hellenistic East.
Greek Art & Archaeology 500-300 BC; Greek Vases 800-300 BC; Greek Sculpture 600-300 BC; Hellenistic Art & Archaeology 330-30 BC; Art under the Roman Empire 14-337; Texts & Contexts.
Wandering hero, wandering myth? The image of Heracles in Iran
Wandering Myths Transcultural Uses of Myth in the Ancient World
Highlighting the fact that ancient societies were linked by their shared use of mythological narratives, Wandering Myths aims to advance our understanding of the mechanisms by which such tales were disseminated cross-culturally and to ...
Images of Mithra
This work presents six case-studies of objects from different periods and regions of antiquity that are labelled by variations of the name Mithra, including the Roman Mithras, Persian Mihr, and Bactrian Miiro.