Staff Profile:Dr Emma Aston

Dr Emma Aston
Job Title:
Associate Professor

Associate Professor of Classics; On leave Autumn 2020

UG Teaching

I teach on a wide range of topics, including: Greek Religion; ancient Macedon between Alexander I and Alexander III ('The Great'); Archaic Greek history. I also teach Latin and Greek.
PGT Teaching

I offer a number of MA Special Options, depending on student choice: ‘Embodying Gods’, ‘The Greeks and the Natural World’; ‘Ancient Thessaly’.

Areas of Interest:
I have previously worked chiefly within the area of ancient religion, my book on Greek animal hybrid deities came out in 2011. My current monograph project, however, is on the history and culture of Thessaly in the Classical and Hellenistic periods, with a particular focus on relations between Thessalian and non-Thessalian communities.  I spent a term as a Fellow of the British School at Athens working on research for this book and have also travelled extensively in the area. With its rich and much-exploited plains, Thessaly also allows me to work further on another long-standing area of interest: the Greeks' relationship with the natural world, both actual (through agriculture and animal husbandry) and imaginary (through myth).
Research groups / Centres:

Research interests

In spring 2021 I hold a Fellowship from the Centre for Health Humanities to work towards a project entitled ‘Monstrous Bodies in Ancient Culture and Contemporary Art’.
Current projects

I am currently completing a book on the culture and identity of Thessaly from the 7th to the 2nd century BC. 

Postgraduate supervision

I am especially interested in supervising doctoral projects on northern Greece, Greek religion, and ancient attitudes towards the natural world.

  • Current PGR projects

I am currently primary supervisor to three doctoral researchers working on aspects of Thessalian coinage, Archaic epic and Plutarch’s Boiotian identity.

  • Recently Completed 

I have supervised five projects completed to date, on a range of aspects of ancient religion, political history, art and material culture.

I have also been both an internal and an external PhD examiner

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  • Aston, E. M. M. (2014) Part-animal gods. In: Campbell, G. L. (ed.) Oxford handbook of animals in classical thought and life. Oxford University Press, pp. 366-383. ISBN 9780199589425








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Emma Aston

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+44 (0) 118 378 6994
+44(0) 118 378 6994

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