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Biography

I completed both my BA and MA at University College London before working in a variety of museum and commercial archaeology roles in London, York, and Ipswich. I returned to the world of academia in 2017 to undertake a PhD project examining the role played by Spartan monuments in the construction of the Spartan image.

Research Summary

My research project is an examination of the appearance, location, and impact of visual monuments (triumphant and commemorative) built by (or, occasionally, for) the Spartans from the Archaic through… read more

Current Research

My research project is an examination of the appearance, location, and impact of visual monuments (triumphant and commemorative) built by (or, occasionally, for) the Spartans from the Archaic through to the late Classical period. By developing and applying an interdisciplinary methodology drawing on landscape archaeology, visual semiotics and cultural memory studies in conjunction with literary and archaeological evidence, the form and placement of Spartan visual monuments will be evaluated with regard to intended audiences, anticipated response and political and cultural impact. Comparisons from other Greek city states and beyond will allow determination of whether and to what extent the Spartans were unique, innovative, or reactionary in their use and possible manipulation of visual monuments. Finally, the 'Spartan' quality of the material and practices will be analysed to see to what extent they add to, or challenge, the developing view of Sparta and the 'Spartan mirage'.

Conference Papers:

Athens and Sparta: A monumental confrontation, at 'Meaning, Memory and Movement: Ancient and Medieval Spaces', University of Birmingham.

Projecting Power by Offering Nothing: The apparent refusal of the Spartans to dedicate captured arms, at 'UWICAH 2019 - Narratives of Power', Swansea University. (Publication forthcoming 2020)

Lakedaimonians in the Kerameikos: A subversive invasion of a conspicuous deathscape, at ' UNISA Classics Colloquium 2019 - Anniversaries, Celebrations and Commemorations in the Ancient World, and their Reception', University of South Africa. (Publication forthcoming 2020)

The Greek Trophy, A Monument to Shame? at 'AMPAH 2019', University of Cambridge.

Department of Classics and Archaeology

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