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Dr Stuart McKie

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Profile summary

  • Research Student in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies

Professional biography

I was awarded my BA in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Leicester in 2010. I then went on to complete an MA in Classics (City of Rome) at the University of Reading, graduating in 2012. My MA dissertation focussed on the ways in which third century emperors used traditional religion as a tool to strengthen their positions.

I have done archaeological fieldwork at Silchester Roman town and Leicester Abbey. For two and a half years I was a volunteer and member of staff at the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading.

Research interests

Thesis subject: The Social Significance of Curse Tablets in the Latin West
Supervisors: Prof Phil Perkins, Dr Ursula Rothe, and Dr E-J Graham

I am interested in the ways religious expression influenced, and was influenced by, the wider society of the Roman Empire. For my doctoral research I am looking at this through the lens of curse tablets. These small inscriptions, usually written on lead and then deposited in a significant place, can be connected to wider facets of life in the Roman period – from the legal process, family life, and entertainment to deeper concepts of the body or relationships with the dead.

The focus of my PhD is on the evidence from the second to fourth centuries in the north-western provinces of the empire.

Teaching interests

For two years I have been teaching courses on Roman religion and magic with the Brilliant Club. I have also done sessional teaching for the University of Reading Department of Classics.