Fellows working on Ancient World topics

Dr Nicholas Allen

(Emeritus Fellow)

Indo-European cultural comparativism. While Indo-European languages clearly have a common origin, how far the cultures do is controversial, but comparison suggests that (e.g.) Homer and the Sanskrit Mahābhārata both derive from a vanished oral proto-epic.

Dr Imre Bangha

University Lecturer in Hindi (GBF)

The emergence of Hindi as a literary dialect in various scripts; textual transmission and Hindi manuscript culture

Dr James Benson

University Lecturer in Sanskrit (GBF)

Dr Henriette van der Blom

Research Fellow, Wolfson College (RF) and University of Glasgow

Classics and Ancient History

Dr Sebastian Brock

Emeritus Reader in Syriac Studies (EF)

Aramaic and Syriac, especially Syriac literature and translations from Greek

Dr Jacob Dahl

University Lecturer in Assyriology (GBF)

Assyriology; Early Writing; Late 3rd Millennium BC Social History of southern Mesopotamia

Dr Janet DeLaine

University Lecturer in Roman Archaeology (GBF)

Dr Philip Kay

(Supernumerary Fellow)

The economy of the Roman Republic and ancient banking

Mr Michael Macdonald

Research Associate of the Khalili Research Centre, Academic Director of the ‘Online Corpus of the Inscriptions of Ancient North Arabia’ and ‘Ancient Arabia: Languages and Cultures projects’ (SF)

Languages and scripts of ancient Syria, Jordan and Arabia, ancient literacy in the Near East, pre-history of the Arabic language, rock art, ancient nomads of Syria and Arabia.

Dr Wolfgang de Melo

University Lecturer in Classical Philology (GBF)

Professor Martin Goodman

Reader in Jewish Studies; Professor of Jewish Studies (GBF)

Professor Christopher Howgego

Keeper of the Heberden Coin Room; Professor of Greek and Roman Numismatics (GBF)

Greek and Roman coins, coins and history (especially economic and cultural)

Dr Marek Jankowiak

Research Associate of the Khalili Research Centre (RF)

early Byzantine and early Islamic history; the Monothelete controversy; economic history of the early Middle Ages; slavery and slave trade; Islamic coinage

Professor Jeremy Johns

University Lecturer in Islamic Archaeology; Professor of the Art and Archaeology of the Islamic Mediterranean (GBF)

Dr James Lewis

University Lecturer in Korean History (GBF)

Prof Philomen Probert

University Lecturer in Classical Philology and Linguistics (GBF)

Dr Ellen Rice

Senior Research Fellow, Ancient History and Archaeology (GBF)

Prof Ulrike Roesler

University Lecturer in Tibetan and Himalayan Studies (GBF)

Cultural exchanges between India and Tibet; narrative literature in a cross-Asian perspective; early Tibetan biographies

Professor Richard Sorabji

(Honorary Fellow)

Ancient Philosophy and Science, 600 BCE-600 CE, its transmission to Islam and Europe, influence, utility, and comparison with other philosophies

Dr Peter Stewart

University Lecturer in Classical Art and Archaeology (GBF)

Dr David Taylor

University Lecturer in Aramaic and Syriac (GBF)

Dr Elizabeth Tucker

Jill Hart Senior Research Fellow in Indo-Iranian Philology; teaching member of the Faculty of Oriental Studies and the Faculty of Linguistics (SF)

The earliest languages and texts which document the Indo-Iranian branch of the Indo-European family: Vedic Sanskrit, Avestan and Old Persian.

Dr Susan Walker

Keeper of Antiquities, Ashmolean Museum (GBF)

Professor Oliver Watson

Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture (GBF)

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23 October 2017
Imagining the Divine: Exhibition

Wolfson scholars collaborate on a unique exhibition on the art of major world religions at the Ashmolean Museum.

23 October 2017
The College Record 2017

The Wolfson College Record is a formal account of the past year and includes the final President's Letter from Professor Dame Hermione Lee.

Philomen Probert
9 October 2017
Message from the Acting President

A warm welcome to those new to Wolfson, and a warm welcome back to those who have been travelling during the summer or hiding away in libraries or...

Our upcoming events

Concert and Plays
24 - 24
Oct Oct
Staging the Modernist Life: Auto/biography, performance, and H.D.
Tuesday 24 October -
1:30pm to 2:30pm

In this lecture/performance, Sasha Colby will discuss the process of transforming auto/biographical materials into biographical drama in her recent book project Staging Modernist Lives: H.D., Mina Loy, Nancy Cunard, Three Plays and Criticism (McGill-Queen's UP, 2017). With an emphasis on the poet, novelist, and memoirist H.D.

Networking
24 - 24
Oct Oct
Slanguages exhibition: launch party
Tuesday 24 October -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

Our Creative Multilingualism Languages in the Creative Economy exhibition will feature the work, archives and ephemera related to the work of three Birmingham-based artists who use different languages in their musical and artistic work.

Lectures and Seminars
25 - 25
Oct Oct
Tennyson, Celebrity and Portraiture
Wednesday 25 October -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

This lecture will explore how publishers became responsible for promoting authors through portraiture in the mid-Victorian period. In particular it will focus on Edward Moxon and his role in expanding the readership of both William Wordsworth and Alfred Tennyson. While portraits of Wordsworth were relatively scarce, Tennyson was surrounded by sculptors, painters and photographers, which led to a new and disturbing experience of literary celebrity that had a major impact on his career.