The Roman Society

Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies

Council Members

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 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.

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 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).

Dr George Maher is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He holds a PhD in the economy of the Roman Empire from Kings College, London, a first class honours BA and an MA with distinction both in Classics from Birkbeck College, University of London and a first class honours BA in Special Honours Mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin. Dr Maher was a Partner at Tillinghast Towers Perrin, the international firm of management consultants and actuaries, now part of Willis Towers Watson, where he advised governments and corporations worldwide. He continues to practice as a consulting actuary. 

Professor Andrew Poulter

Dr Ben Russell


Elected June 2018

Dr Simon Corcoran is Lecturer in Ancient History at Newcastle University. Having completed his doctorate on the era of the tetrarchs and Constantine, his current principal area of interest is Roman legal history across both antiquity and the early Middle Ages, on which he has published widely in print and on-line, especially as part of work for the Volterra Roman law projects [] based at University College London. He also has strong interests in palaeography and the manuscript transmission of ancient texts, as well as Greek and Latin epigraphy.

Dr James Corke-Webster is a Lecturer in Roman History at King's College, London. Previously, he studied Classics and Theology as Oxford, Cambridge, and Manchester, was a Fulbright Scholar at Berkeley in California, and held lectureships at Edinburgh and Durham. He has particular interests in early Christian and late antique history and literature. His first book, Eusebius and Empire, investigates the first narrative history of early Christianity, the fourth century Ecclesiastical History.

Prof. Serafina Cuomo has worked at Imperial College, Birkbeck and Durham. Her research focusses on the social and cultural history of Greek and Roman science and technology. She has published on mathematics, land-surveying, catapults and military technology, and is currently writing a book on numeracy, and editing and translating an anthology of Greek and Roman STM sources for Penguin Classics. She is Area Editor for the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

Dr Sophie Hay FSA is a Post-doctoral Research Associate in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge University. Her current research focuses on the publication of the British School at Rome and University of Reading’s joint Pompeii Project. The research for her doctoral thesis was born out of this project and aimed to understand the chronological development of a group of non-elite houses in Pompeii by studying the standing structures. Between 2003 and 2017, she worked for the University of Southampton as an archaeological geophysicist and was based in Italy collaborating with the British School at Rome. She has project managed and conducted over 100 geophysical surveys throughout Italy as well as further afield in Sudan, Libya, Turkey and Tunisia.

Dr Helen Lovatt is Professor of Classics at the University of Nottingham, where she has taught since 2003. She studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, where she wrote a PhD on the Latin epic poet Statius. She now works on Greek and Latin literature and its reception, and is currently writing a cultural history of the Argonaut myth. She has published books on Classics and Children’s Literature (edited with Owen Hodkinson, I.B. Tauris 2018), The Epic Gaze (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and Statius and Epic Games (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Dr Ross I. Thomas is a curator within the Dept of Greece and Rome, The British Museum, with responsibility for the Roman collections. He specialises on the Hellenistic and Roman Eastern Mediterranean, and Red Sea regions, with a particular focus on maritime archaeology and port communities. He has undertaken fieldwork on land or underwater in Britain, Egypt, Italy, Jordan, Sudan and UAE, most recently directing or coordinating four BM fieldwork projects. Current projects include the port site of Naukratis in the Egyptian Delta, and in the ‘Pantanello’ at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli. He is keen that such research reaches both academic and general audiences through publication, presentation, exhibition, display and other media.

Elected June 2019

Siobhan Chomse is Lecturer in Latin Language and Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London. She completed her PhD in 2015 at the University of Cambridge, where she taught for two years before joining the Department of Classics at Royal Holloway in September 2017. Siobhan’s research focuses particularly on the idea of the sublime and its role in the literature of early imperial Rome. Her work has explored expressions of sublimity found in architecture, technology and the natural world, from monuments to ruins, siege engines to earthquakes. At present, she is completing revisions to her doctoral thesis (on the sublime in Virgil, Lucan and Tacitus) for publication and will shortly begin work on a new project on perceptions and representations of the emperor as a sublime being.

Dr Mairéad McAuley is a Lecturer in Classics at University College London. Her research focuses on early imperial Latin literature, from the Augustan to Flavian periods,  which she combines with a broader interest in gender, literary theory and the Classical tradition. Her first monograph is a study of motherhood in Roman literature, entitled Reproducing Rome: Motherhood in Virgil, Ovid, Seneca and Statius (Oxford 2016).  Prior to joining UCL, she has held a Junior Research Fellowship at King's College Cambridge, alongside postdoctoral research fellowships in South Africa (at UKZN and the University of Johannesburg). She subsequently took a career break to raise a family and returned to academia in 2017.   She is currently working on a study of the significance of hands and touch in Roman literature and culture.

Dr Donncha O'Rourke is Lecturer in Classics at the University of Edinburgh.  He holds degrees in Classics from Trinity College, Dublin, and came across the water in 2010 to take up a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. His research focusses primarily on Augustan poetry, especially elegy, and didactic poetry, especially Lucretius.

Dr Bobby Xinyue is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin Literature and Renaissance Studies at the University of Warwick. He completed his doctoral degree at UCL, held a lectureship in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter from 2014 to 2015, and between 2015 and 2017 he was a Teaching Fellow in Latin Literature at the University of Warwick. He is currently one of the editors for the Bloomsbury Neo-Latin Series. His research interests include Augustan poetry and Roman political thought, humanist Latin literature, Renaissance reception of Ovid, and the reception of Graeco-Roman antiquity in modern China.

Dario Calomino

Sophie Jackson

Katherine McDonald

Victoria Rimell

Mantha Zarmakoupi

Simon Corcoran

James Corke-Webster

Serafina Cuomo

Sophie Hay

Helen Lovatt

Ross Thomas

Siobhan Chomse
Siobhan Chomse

Mairéad McAuley
Mairéad McAuley

Bobby Xinyue
Bobby Xinyue

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