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  • Baron Thyssen Lecturer in Classical Studies
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • ursula.rothe

Professional biography

Although originally from Australia, I studied for my undergraduate degree in Ancient History in Germany, after which I went to the University of Manchester to do my doctorate in Classics. From 2007-2011 I was in the Classics department at the University of Edinburgh, first as temporary lecturer, then as Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow. In January 2012 I took up a post at the Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen in Mannheim, Germany as project manager of the EU project DressID: Clothing and Identities in the Roman Empire which ended in September 2012. I had been involved in the project since 2008 as a Study Group spokesperson and played a key role in the development of the exhibition Die Macht der Toga in Hildesheim. I joined Classical Studies at the Open University as Baron Thyssen Lecturer in October 2012.

Research interests

My research looks mainly at dress in the Roman Empire, especially in the provinces, and the way that clothing and appearance was used to assert and negotiate cultural identities. As the main source for this are the Roman-style portrait gravestones that were adopted by local people in many parts of the empire, I also have an interest in funerary art and epigraphy in general. Related to this work, I am also interested in cultural theory and the way we interpret cultural interaction in the Roman provinces, especially in regions where material culture plays a central role due to a lack of textual sources.

I am also interested in rural settlement in the Roman Near East, and am involved in an excavation project investigating the remains of a Roman and Byzantine-era farmhouse and village on Tall Zira’a in north-western Jordan.

I have run or been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Italy, Jordan, the Netherlands and Portugal.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who would like to work in any of the above areas.

 

 

Teaching interests

My teaching experience is mainly in Roman history and archaeology, but have also taught a wide range of other subjects such as Greek history and Classical art. At the Open University I have contributed to the new Roman Empire course (A340) and have chaired the production team for one of the modules iin the new MA in Classical Studies

Impact and engagement

I am a regular blogger and contributor to public fora. Check out my most recent contributions below:

Prince Philip may well be Caligula’s horse”: blog post, Rogueclassicism  

What the Romans can teach us on immigration and integration”: article in The Conversation

        Translated for Napi Gazdaság Hungarian newspaper

Exploring Roman dress”: video interview on Classics Confidential 

I am also a regular advisor to television programmes broadcast on the BBC and the German channels ARD and ZDF

I am co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Archaeological Textiles Review based at the University of Copenhagen.
I am involved in peer-reviewing project proposals for the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the Romanian Research Council's Archaeology Section as well as a range of journals and publishers. 

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Ancient Material Culture Research ClusterClusterFaculty of Arts

Publications

Dress in the middle Danube provinces: the garments, their origins and their distribution (2012-11)
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Jahreshefte des Österreichischen Archäologischen Instituts, 81 (pp. 137-231)
The “Third Way”: Treveran women’s dress and the “Gallic Ensemble” (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
American Journal of Archaeology, 116(2) (pp. 235-252)
Der Grabstein der Severina Nutrix aus Köln: eine neue Deutung (2011)
Rothe, Ursula
Germania, 89 (pp. 191-214)
Gallische Frauenkleidung in römischer Zeit (2010)
Rothe, Ursula
Mannheimer Geschichtsblätter , 19 (pp. 65-80)
Dress and Cultural Identity in the Rhine-Moselle Region of the Roman Empire (2009)
Rothe, Ursula
British Archaeological Reports
ISBN : 9781407306155 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford
Ethnicity in the Roman north-west (2014-08-15)
Rothe, Ursula
In: McInerney, Jeremy ed. A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean . Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World (pp. 497-513)
ISBN : 9781444337341 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell | Published : Oxford
Whose fashion? Men, women and Roman culture as reflected in dress in the cities of the Roman north-west (2013-07)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Hemelrijk, Emily and Woolf, Greg eds. Women and the Roman City in the Latin West. Mnemosyne Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity (360) (pp. 243-268)
ISBN : 9789004255944 | Publisher : Brill | Published : Leiden
Das norische Frauengewand (2013-04-15)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Tellenbach, Michael; Schulz, Regine and Wieczorek , Alfried eds. Die Macht der Toga: Dresscode im römischen Weltreich (pp. 189-193)
ISBN : 978-3-7954-2590-6 | Publisher : Schnell und Steiner | Published : Mannheim
Die norisch-pannonische Tracht: gab es sie wirklich? (2013)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Grabherr, G.; Kainarth, B. and Schierl, T. eds. Relations Abroad? Brooches and Other Elements of Dress as Sources for Reconstructing Interregional Movement and Group Boundaries from the Punic Wars to the Decline of the Western Empire. Ikarus (pp. 33-48)
Publisher : Innsbruck University Press | Published : Innsbruck
Whose fashion? Men, women and Roman culture as reflected in dress in the cities of the Roman north-west (2013)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Hemelrijk, Emily and Woolf, Greg eds. Women and the Roman City in the Latin West. Mnemosyne Supplements, History and Archaeology of Classical Antiquity. (pp. 243-268)
ISBN : 9789004255951 | Publisher : Brill
Rome, resistance to (cultural) (2012-11)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Bagnall, Roger S.; Broderson, Kai; Champion, Craige B.; Erskine, Andrew and Huebner, Sabine R. eds. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (pp. 5950-5953)
ISBN : 9781405179355 | Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
Dress and cultural identity in the Roman Empire (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Harlow, Mary ed. Dress and Identity . University of Birmingham IAA Interdisciplinary Series: Studies in Archaeology, History, Literature and Art (2) (pp. 59-68)
ISBN : 9781407309422 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford
Romanization (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Bagnall, R.S.; Brodersen, K.; Champion, C.B.; Erskine, A. and Huebner, S. eds. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (pp. 5875-5881)
Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
Roman Empire, regional cultures (2012)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Bagnall, R.S.; Brodersen, K.; Champion, C.B.; Erskine, A. and Huebner , S. eds. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (pp. 5866-5870)
Publisher : Wiley-Blackwell
The comparative and interdisciplinary approach and Romanisation studies (2007-09-01)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Schroeder, H.; Bray, P.; Gardner, P.; Jefferson, V. and Macaulay-Lewis, E. eds. Crossing Frontiers: The Opportunities and Challenges of Interdisciplinary Approaches to Archaeology. Proceedings of a Conference held at the University of Oxford, 25-26 June 2005. Oxford University School of Archaeology monograph (66) (pp. 99-110)
ISBN : 978-0954962777 | Publisher : Oxford University School of Archaeology | Published : Oxford
Die Anfänge der Romanisierungsforschung (2005)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Schoerner, Günther ed. Romanisierung - Romanisation. Theoretische Modelle und praktische Fallbeispiele. British Archaeological Reports (BAR) (S1427) (pp. 1-13)
ISBN : 1841718661 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford
Kleidung und Romanisierung: der Raum Rhein-Mosel (2005)
Rothe, Ursula
In: Schörner, Günther ed. Romanisierung - Romanisation. Theoretische Modelle und praktische Fallbeispiele. British Archaeological Reports (B.A.R.) (S1427 ) (pp. 169-178)
ISBN : 1841718661 | Publisher : Archaeopress | Published : Oxford