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Olivia Webster

PhD Classics

Religious Mentality and Civic Identity: the Evidence of City Coinages of Roman Phoenicia

 

Coins were an ideal medium for cities to advertise, promote and celebrate what made them unique, and thus effectively provide us with snapshots of places and events long lost to us today. My thesis will focus on the cities of coastal Phoenicia, from the founding of Berytus in the first century B.C., to when coin production essentially ceases in the mid third century A.D. With the massive risk to cultural heritage threatening the region today, this thesis will engage with the variety of religious practices which coexisted alongside each other in the past. 

With Phoenicia serving as mediating point between Rome and the East, I will examine the array of cultural influences experienced in the region and how they impacted on local (religious) traditions. Religion united the community, and was used to emphasise civic heterogeneity. This allows me to engage with the question of Roman influence and Romanisation - which tends to value cultural homogeneity - and provincial identity will be a significant focus throughout this study. 

Supervisors and Institutions: Dr Andreas J.M. Kropp (Department of Classics, University of Nottingham).

                                                   Professor David Mattingly (Department of Archaeology, University of Leicester).


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2016/2017

  • PubhD, Nottingham, 18th January 2017.

  • (Upcoming) "Looking for Astarte: representations of the supreme goddess in Roman Phoenicia", AMPAH Conference 2017, King's College London, 25th March 2017.

2015/2016

  • The Floating Rocks of Tyre: Local Identity and Civic Coins” at Rome in Bloomsbury Seminar Series, University of Birbeck, London, 11th February 2016. http://www.bbk.ac.uk/history/documents/RiB2016Flyer.pdf 

  • "Civic Foundation Myths: Art and Self-Promotion in Berytus and Tyre" Workshop for Q-Kolleg Programme between University of Nottingham and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, University of Nottingham, 19th February 2016. 
  • Fact and Fiction: Re-interpreting two coin types from Roman Phoenicia” at AMPAH Conference 2016, University of Newcastle, 19th March 2016. 

  • "Poseidon and Beroe: the religious landscape of Roman Berytus" at Water and Religious Life in the Roman and Late Antique Near East, University of Durham, 22nd-23rd March 2016.

2014/2015

2010 to Present

  • Nottingham Classics Out and About (NoCout) - Since my first year of undergraduate study I have been involved with Nottingham Classic's Outreach programme, which seeks to engage local schools with the study of classical antiquity and languages. I have taught Latin and Roman history in two primary schools during this time, and have organised a day trip to campus to promote further education and Classics. 


Teaching Experience:

Teaching Affiliate 2015/16

  • Extended Source Study (Level 2, 20 Credits).
  • Hellenistic Italy: Art and Culture from Etruria to Sicily 300 B.C. to 30 B.C. (Level 3, 20 Credits).

Teaching Affiliate 2016/17

  • War in Roman Art (Level 3, 20 credits).
  • Interpreting Ancient Art (Level 1, 20 credits).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University email: abxow1@nottingham.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/O_WebsterUoN

Other Social Media: https://nottingham.academia.edu/OliviaWebster 

Olivia Webster

PhD Classics

Religious Mentality and Civic Identity: the Evidence of City Coinages of Roman Phoenicia

Olivia Webster

PhD Classics

Religious Mentality and Civic Identity: the Evidence of City Coinages of Roman Phoenicia


Thesis Description:

 

Supervisors and Institutions: Dr Andreas J.M. Kropp (Department of Classics, University of Nottingham).

                                                   Professor David Mattingly (Department of Archaeology, University of Leicester).


Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2014/2015

Supervisors and Institutions: Dr Andreas J.M. Kropp (Department of Classics, University of Nottingham).

                                                   Professor David Mattingly (Department of Archaeology, University of Leicester).




Scholarly / Public Engagement Activities:

2014/2015

 

Teaching Experience:

Teaching Affiliate 2015/2016

  • Q82ESS - Extended Source Study (Level 2, 20 Credits).
  • Q83HIT - Hellenistic Italy: Art and Culture from Etruria to Sicily 300 B.C. to 30 B.C. (Level 3, 20 Credits).

 

 

 

University email address: abxow1@nottingham.ac.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/O_WebsterUoN

Other Social Media: https://nottingham.academia.edu/OliviaWebster 

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