Department of Classics and Archaeology

Academic profiles

Meet some of the staff in the Department of Classics and Archaeology with our academic profiles. If you would like to learn more, why not  join us at an open day?

Disclaimer: The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislative changes. The modules mentioned in this piece are examples of typical modules that we offer but not guaranteed to be available.


Dr William Bowden

What's your favourite archaeological site and why?

Too hard to choose. I’ve liked (almost) all of them. Caistor Roman town in Norfolk because I’m working on it at the moment, but also San Vincenzo al Volturno in Italy where I worked for about 6 years. It was idyllic. I’m also fond of Butrint in Albania because it really shaped a lot of my ideas about the past and how we use it. It’s also fabulously picturesque. Aside from the sites I’ve worked at, I love Vindolanda on Hadrian’s Wall – you go into the museum and the first thing you see is about 100 Roman leather shoes. It exemplifies the way that archaeology opens a window onto the everyday lives of the people who often get left out of history.

What is your favourite module to teach and why?

I like teaching the first year introductory modules but I really like my 3rd year Rome and the Mediterranean module. It’s quite intensive so I see a lot of the students and really get to know them. It’s also the one where I deconstruct everything I told them in the 1st year, which is quite fun. I want to equip them with the means to question everything they read and hear.

What inspired you to teach/take your subject?

I got into archaeology by accident but I was quickly hooked because you meet a huge variety of people and it gave me the chance to travel and to experience places in a way that is completely different from visiting as a tourist. I enjoy teaching, because I get the chance to talk about amazing stuff to people who are interested in it. What’s not to like?

What's not so hot about being an archaeologist?

A lot of practical archaeology is about basic management. You deal with issues like the lorry delivering the site toilets not fitting through the gate. You also deal with local politics a lot, and the odd bit of armed insurrection, but it’s seldom dull.

WIll Bowden
Mark Bradley

Dr Mark Bradley 

If you could travel to any period in history, which would it be and why?

I would like to travel to Rome at the end of the Republic. I’d like to meet Cicero and see if he is as much of a creep as he comes across in his writings, and to see if Caesar is the political wizard that history makes him out to be. I would also like to see if the city really was as run down, crowded and smelly as it’s sometimes made out to be, and if it really felt like you were living in the end of the Republic.

Who's your favourite classical figure and why?

Catiline – the Republic’s most maligned and misunderstood ‘bogey man’, and a prototype for the modern terrorist, the ‘enemy within’.

Greek or Roman?

Roman: the Romans offer the best of all possible worlds for classics, because there’s so much Greek in them, as well as so much reaction and resistance to Greekness.

What inspired you to teach/take your subject?

Reading historical novels and watching documentaries and dramas set in the classical world when I was a teenager. Donna Tartt’s The Secret History was mesmerizing, and I was completely hooked on Robert Graves’ I, Claudius.

What is your favourite module to teach and why?

Early Rome: Myth, History and Archaeology – because this subject has so many academics at each other’s throats, since nobody can really agree about anything in the murky early history of Rome.



Department of Classics and Archaeology

University of Nottingham
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