Professor Nicholas Purcell

Academic Background
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
Research Interests

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.

Research Keywords

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.

Teaching

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

Publications
  • Natural Worlds

  • ‘Unstable cities: some questions about Roman urbanism’

  • 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

  • More
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