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Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies


Council Members

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 Christina Kuhn

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).

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.  

Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

Elected June 2017

Dr Dario Calomino, PhD, British Academy Newton International Fellow, is a Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is currently working on a collaborative research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust, which investigates the meaning and materiality of the Greek Festivals in the Roman provinces. He previously worked for five years in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum on the Roman Provincial Coinage Project. Before moving to London he collaborated with universities and museums in Italy for many years, including the Archaeological Museum of Venice and the Roman National Museum in Rome. His main fields of interest rest within Greek and Roman numismatics and the history and archaeology of the Roman world. He is specialized in Roman provincial coinage and his main area of research is the economic, political and cultural life of the provincial cities of the Roman Empire. Before joining the council of the Roman Society he served on the council of the Royal Numismatic Society for three years.

Sophie Jackson is Director of Research and Engagement at MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology), leading the team of archaeologists, specialists, researchers and community archaeologists who analyse and present the results of archaeological fieldwork. With a great deal of experience in archaeological project management and consultancy, Sophie has designed and managed programmes of archaeological work for some of the most complex development projects in the UK, including most recently Bloomberg London.  She has managed excavation and post-excavation work on some of Roman London’s most significant sites, including the Forum, Cripplegate Fort, city defences  and the site of the ‘Governor’s Palace’.

Dr George Maher

Dr Katherine McDonald is a Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. She studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and from 2013-2016 she was a Research Fellow in Classics at Gonville and Caius College. She was a Rome Awardee at the British School at Rome in 2015. Her research interests include the languages of ancient Italy,  historical sociolinguistics, multilingualism, language contact and gender linguistics.

Professor Andrew Poulter

Dr Victoria Rimell teaches Classics at the University of Warwick and is a specialist in Latin literature. Her research, which spans many different authors and genres, engages with major themes in Roman literature and culture and aims to promote dialogue between classical philology and modern philosophical and political thought. She has published monographs on Petronius’ Satyricon, Martial’s Epigrams and Ovid’s erotic poetry. Her latest book, The Closure of Space in Roman Poetics (Cambridge 2015) won an Honorable Mention in the 2016 Prose Awards, in the Classics category. Victoria gave the W.B.Stanford Memorial Lectures at Trinity College Dublin in 2009, and is a member of the editorial board for Classical Philology. She is currently working on a commentary of Ovid’s Remedia Amoris for the Lorenzo Valla series, and is writing a book on Senecan philosophy.

Dr Ben Russell

Dr Mantha Zarmakoupi is  Birmingham Fellow and Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture of Classical Antiquity at the University of Birmingham. She has published widely on Roman luxury villas, including the monograph Designing for Luxury on the Bay of Naples (c. 100 BCE – 79 CE): Villas and Landscapes (Oxford UP 2014) and edited volume The Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum: Archaeology, Reception, and Digital Reconstruction (De Gruyter 2010), as well as on the architecture, harbour infrastructure and urban development of late Hellenistic Delos. She currently co-directs the underwater survey around the islands of Delos and Rheneia. She has been a Fellow at Freie Universität in Berlin (TOPOI), New York University (ISAW), the University of Cologne (Humboldt Stipendium), the Getty Research Institute (Visiting Scholar), the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies and the National Hellenic Research Foundation (Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship).