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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies


Council Members

Elected June 2014

Mr Stephen Bird read archaeology at the University of Leicester, receiving his BA in 1976. He started work at the Roman Baths in Bath in 1980, was elected a Fellow of the Museums Association in 1993 and awarded a Diploma in Management in 2007. He is currently Head of Heritage Services with Bath & North East Somerset Council. Stephen has been a member of the Roman Society for over thirty years. He serves as a professional mentor for the Museums Association, sits on the advisory board of the Alexander Keiller Museum, Avebury, and is a trustee of Glastonbury Abbey. He is a regular contributor to the Joint Association of Classics Teachers annual Latin summer school, and is a frequent speaker on aspects of Bath history and archaeology, and on strategic and sustainable business planning in a heritage context. Relevant publications include The Essential Roman Baths (with Barry Cunliffe; 2006, revised 2013), and Prehistoric and Roman contributions to two Pevsner Architectural Series volumes: North Somerset: an architectural guide, Foyle A (2011), and Bath: an architectural guide, Forsyth M (2003).

Dr Terry Edwards graduated from the University of Kent At Canterbury and completed his PhD on Euripides and Menander. He joined a Grammar School in Kent where he taught Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Classical Civilisation at all levels for 37 years.  Since retirement he has continued to be involved in teaching at a variety of institutions. He has examined Classical Civilisation GCSE and Ancient History A level since the 1980s, being Chief Examiner for Ancient History since 2000.  He was involved in the work on both Curriculum specifications in 2000 and 2009 from the outset.  He has been involved in training for OCR Ancient History since 2000.  He has been Principal examiner for AS level and A2 level.  He is a member of the JACT Ancient History Committee and has taken part in JACT inset days. He is also a member of the Examinations Committee. He is at present deputy Chair for a number of Classical subjects at OCR. He is honorary Secretary for Lactors and is involved in the publication and distribution of Lactor publications. He has contributed to the recent publication Classical Literature (Ed. N. Croally and R. Hyde).

Elected June 2015

Mr Robert Lister read Classics at New College, Oxford and then worked for 23 years for two different Investment Banks. He now works part-time for three different financial service companies.
He has an MA in The History of the Book and has just started a PhD at King's College, London trying to read Polybius as an exile.

Dr Dunstan Lowe is Lecturer in Latin Literature at the University of Kent. His main areas of research are Roman poetry, especially Virgil and Ovid, and how classical antiquity continues to entertain mass audiences in video games and other entertainment media. He recently published a book called Monsters and Monstrosity in Augustan Rome (University of Michigan Press, 2015), and his current main project is a study of ugliness as a social construct in ancient Rome.

Professor Annalisa Marzano, FRHistS, FSA is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Reading and currently Head of the Department of Classics. Her main fields of research interest rests within the sphere of Roman social and economic history and include: Republican and imperial Rome and Italy, the economy of the Roman world, Roman villas, agriculture and rural settlements, and the exploitation of marine resource in antiquity.


Mr Julian Spencer has been Head of Classics at Winchester College since 2009. He read Classics at Queens’ College, Cambridge, from 1975 to 1978 and then spent 25 years as an investment banker with Citibank and UBS. In 2004 he became a teacher, completing a PGCE in Classics at King’s College London.

Elected June 2016

Professor Simon James BSc PhD FSA is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Leicester School of Archaeology and Ancient History. His main area of specialisation is the archaeology of the Roman military, although he has also worked in European Iron Age and Partho-Sasanian archaeology. He has conducted fieldwork at Dura-Europos in Syria, and now in Cyprus.

Dr Jerome Mairat is curator of the Heberden Coin Room in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in charge of the digitisation of the collection. His research focuses on the Roman coinage of the third century AD, both imperial and provincial. He is a joint author of Roman Imperial Coinage, volume V.2, AD 268–276 and of Roman Provincial Coinage, volume IX, AD 249–254 (London, Paris, 2016) and director of Roman Provincial Coinage Online (http://rpc.ashmus.ox.ac.uk).

Caroline McDonald - Following a first degree in English Literature and Drama and a prior career in television media, Caroline graduated from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 2003. That same year she joined Colchester Museums as Finds Liaison Officer for Essex, working for the Portable Antiquities Scheme for the next three years. Then working for the newly created Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service, she went on to lead a mobile museum project centred around Colchester’s archaeology collections before becoming Curator of Archaeology based at Ipswich Museum. In 2011 Caroline joined the Museum of London as Senior Curator of Prehistory and Roman. In February 2016 Caroline took up the position of Museum Manager for the Great North Museum Hancock, part of Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums. She is an Associate of the Museums Association and has served on its Ethics Committee. She was secretary of the Society of Museum Archaeologists for six years.

Dr Roberta Tomber, FSA.  Roberta is an Honorary Researcher in the Department of Science at the British Museum.  Specialising in pottery, her current research centres on the trade between the Roman Mediterranean and the western Indian Ocean.  She served on the Archaeology Committee of the Roman Society for eight years before joining Council.