Dr Eleri Cousins

Lecturer in Roman History


I work on the role played by ritual and religion (broadly defined!) in the construction of provincial society and identity in the Roman Empire, in particular Britain, Gaul, and Germany. My research sits at the intersection of ancient history and archaeology, and I am especially interested in the connections between ritual and landscape in the Roman world. My previous work focused on the Roman sanctuary at Bath and my first book, The Sanctuary at Bath in the Roman Empire, was published by Cambridge University Press in January 2020. My current major research project explores religious practices in the Alps during the Roman period. In this work, I combine an emphasis on the lived experience of ancient religion with archaeological approaches to landscape to explore how Alpine populations used, and were affected by, the mountains in their engagement with the divine. In addition to this project, I also have active research interests in the dynamics of religion and society on Hadrian’s Wall, in Roman provincial art, and in 18th and 19th century antiquarian culture in Britain.

The Sanctuary at Bath in the Roman Empire
Cousins, E. 1/02/2020 Cambridge : Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 9781108493192. Electronic ISBN: 9781108694735.

EMPEROR WORSHIP IN THE PROVINCES - G. McIntyre A Family of Gods. The Worship of the Imperial Family in the Latin West. Pp. xii + 179. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016. Cased, US$60. ISBN: 978-0-472-13005-4.
Cousins, E. 1/04/2018 In: Classical Review. 68, 1, 2 p.
Book/Film/Article review

The Rudston Mosaics
Cousins, E. 1/11/2017 In: Thwing, Rudston and the Roman-period exploitation of the Yorkshire Wolds. Yorkshire Archaeological Society p. 260-266. 7 p. ISBN: 9780993238376.

Julia Budei, Gallorömische Heiligtümer: neue Studien zur Lage und den räumlichen Bezügen. Studia archaeologica Palatina, 2. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz Verlag, 2016. Pp. 137. ISBN 9783447106252. €24.00.
Cousins, E. 24/07/2017 In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review.
Book/Film/Article review

An Imperial Image: The Bath Gorgon in Context
Cousins, E. 1/11/2016 In: Britannia. 47, p. 99-118. 20 p.
Journal article

Votive Objects and Ritual Practice at the King's Spring at Bath
Cousins, E. 2014
Conference contribution/Paper