Having completed a BA and MA at Royal Holloway (with a dissertation on Roman Republican religion) John Bradley is now postgraduate PhD student carrying out research in interpreting third century AD wall frescoes in Rome. The frescoes, from the Hypogeum of the Aurelii, have been studied for nearly a century since their discovery, but current explanations of their meaning leave many questions unanswered. John's research combines the disciplines of art history, archaeology and epigraphy to provide a comprehensive interpretation that will throw light on social structures within Rome in the period before Christianity became dominant.
Ruth is in the final year of her PhD which is entitled: ‘Classical Reception, Feminist Theory and Creative Practice: Rethinking the Homeric Hero Through Contemporary British Women’s Writing’. Her thesis engages with receptions of Homeric masculinity in the work of Elizabeth Cook, Gwyneth Lewis and Kate Tempest and examines the ways in which their responses to the Classics are underpinned by a renewed confidence in the body as displayed by contemporary feminist thinking. Her research thus simultaneously explores the literary tropes and philosophical inspirations of fourth-wave feminism, while also mapping the increasing contemporary trend to rework the Classics.
Interested in ideas of connectedness, marginality and intersubjective relationship, Joscelyn is in the fourth year of her PhD entitled 'Spaces of Intimacy: a psychogeographical reading of the Thebaid'. By taking a close textual approach and combining it with spatial theories from the disciplines of psychoanalysis, geography, sociology and philosophy her thesis seeks to define and explore the interstitial thirdspaces that form the backbone of Statius' great epic.
Tim is in the second year of his PhD, entitled ‘Impudence and Indiscipline: Changing Perceptions of Soldiers in the Works of Roman Historians’, which examines how Roman historians write about soldiers as social individuals. By considering how these elites thought about their fellow Romans, the research aims to explore ideologies of military service and citizenship in the period of transition from late Republic to early Empire.