Dr Rachel Wood

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Academic Background

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.  

Research Interests

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.

Research Keywords

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.


Full Publications: dr_rachel_wood_full_list_of_publications.docx

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