Our Experts - Ancient History
The Department of History is part of the AHRC’s Classics and Ancient History pathway and invites applications for AHRC postgraduate studentship in Classics and Ancient History.
The staff who teach and supervise courses and modules can vary due to staff changes including research and other types of leave.
Dr Eleri Cousins
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, will be published with Cambridge University Press in February 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.Dr Eleri Cousins