Head of History and Archaeology of Youth and Childhood at the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies.
I specialise in:
Ancient children, demography, sex;
Roman social history.
Current AHRC project, co-Investigator: 'Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Understanding Society and Culture'
We focus on interactive learning with ancient documents, artefacts and modern digital resources. My advanced undergraduate classes focus on student-led projects, supported by guided independent reading and research.
PhD Ancient History (University of Manchester), 2007
MA Ancient World Studies (University of Manchester), 2001
BA (Hons.) Ancient History and Archaeology (University of Manchester), 2000
I have taught and held research positions at the following institutions:
Newcastle University, Lecturer in Ancient History, 2014/15
Birkbeck, University of London, Lecturer in Ancient History, 2011-14
Universitet i Oslo, Visiting Professor, May 2013
University of Liverpool, Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow, 2009-11
University of Edinburgh, Teaching Fellow in Ancient Greek History, 2008/9
University of Birmingham, Visiting Lecturer in Ancient History, 2007/8
University of Manchester, Teaching Assistant, 2003-07
I have served as Branch Secretary for the Manchester and District Classical Association. I currently serve as:
Ancient History allows us an opportunity to explore human behaviours, cultures, literature and thought, which help shape our view of the world around us. We explore: genders; sexualities; ethnicities; urbanism; multiculturalism; uses of the past for political and ideological purposes; religious life; and philosophical and political thought.
Students at ManMet are now offered the opportunity to learn Latin from scratch, using a range of historical texts, inscriptions, graffiti and other writing.
(1st year) Latin for Beginners (15 credits)
(2nd year) Latin Sources for Historians: From the Ancient to the Medieval Worlds (30 credits) / Threshold Latin (15 credits)
(3rd year) Intermediate Latin (15 credits)
(MA) Latin Sources (15 credits)
I have a dedicated Latin Reading Office Hour on Fridays at 3pm.
Latin Sources (Unit Leader) MA
I have co-supervised a number of PhDs across Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman history at a number of institutions. Current PhD supervisions/co-supervisions:
I would be delighted to offer supervision on:
AHRC project (June 2017-June2019): Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Undersanding Society and Culture with Dr Ellen Swift, Dr Jo Stoner (Canterbury Kent) and Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL
Growing Up in an Ancient Metropolis: Children in Roman Oxyrhynchos with Dr Ville Vuolanto, Oslo/Tampere
This is the first study of its kind: a systematic analysis of thousands of papyri from the metropolis of Oxyrhynchos in Roman Egypt, reconstructing children's lives, concerns and environments. Co-authored monograph in progress.
Between Words and Walls. Textual and Material Approaches to Ancient Housing with Dr Jennifer Baird, Birkbeck, University of London
We are editing a volume on the relationship between housing as it was expressed in words and how it materialised in walls. The volume features Classicists, Ancient Historians and Archaeologists, building on our recent conference reviewed here. Volume currently under review.
Material Cultures of Infant Feeding in the Classical World with Dr Sally Waite, Newcastle University
We are publishing details and analysis of infant feeding bottles from Antiquity, across collections in the UK and internationally, starting with publication of feeding cups in the Great North Museum: Hancock. Article in progress.
Children's Cultures in the Past and Present, with various
A network that brings together specialists on children across a range of academic disciplines: History, Classics, Archaeology, Social Sciences, English Literature, and Education. We have held two international colloaquia at MCYS and are planning future events.
AJ. Pudsey, V. Vuolanto (2018). Child and the City in Antiquity. Growing Up in Graeco-Roman Oxyrhynchos (under review/in preparation).
AJ. Pudsey (2018). Birth, Death and Taxes. Population, Society and Family in Roman Egypt (under review/in preparation).
J. Baird, A. Pudsey (2017). Between Words and Walls. Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing (under review). AJ. Pudsey.
C. Holleran, A. Pudsey (2011). Demography and the Graeco-Roman World New Insights and Approaches. Cambridge University Press.
AJ. Pudsey (2017). Children’s cultures in Graeco-Roman Egypt. L. Grig. In: Popular Culture in the Ancient World. Cambridge University Press, pp.208-234.
AJ. Pudsey (2016). Disability and infirmitas in the ancient world: demographic and biological facts in the longue durée. C. Laes. In: Disability in Antiquity. Routledge, pp.22-34.
AJ. Pudsey House as community: structures in housing and kinship in Tebtynis. J. Baird, A. Pudsey. In: Between Words and Walls. Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing.
AJ. Pudsey, J. Baird Introduction: Between Words and Walls. J. Baird, A. Pudsey. In: Between Words and Walls. Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing.
AJ. Pudsey, V. Vuolanto (2016). Being a Niece or Nephew in an Ancient City. Children’s Social Environment in Roman Oxyrhynchos. C. Laes, V. Vuolanto. In: Children and Everyday Life in the Roman and Late Antique World. pp.79-96.
AJ. Pudsey (2015). Children and families in late Roman Egypt: family and everyday life in monastic contexts. C. Laes, K. Mustakallio, V. Vuolanto. In: Children and Family in Late Antiquity. Life, Death and Interaction. Peeters, pp.215-234.
AJ. Pudsey (2013). Children in Roman Egypt. TG. Parkin, J. Evans Grubbs. In: Handbook of Children and Education in the Classical World. Oxford University Press, pp.484-509.
AJ. Pudsey (2012). Death and the family: widows and divorcées in Roman Egypt. L. Larsson Lovén, M. Harlow. In: Families in the Imperial and Late Antique Roman Worlds. Continuum, pp.157-180.
AJ. Pudsey (2011). Nuptiality and the demographic life cycle of families in Roman Egypt. C. Holleran, A. Pudsey. In: Demography and the Graeco-Roman World. New Insights and Approaches.. Cambridge University Press, pp.60-98.
AJ. Pudsey, C. Holleran (2011). Introduction: Studies in Ancient Historical Demography. C. Holleran, A. Pudsey. In: Demography and the Graeco-Roman World. New Insights and Approaches. Cambridge University Press, pp.1-13.
2017/18 & forthcoming
Reading University, MOISA International conference: ‘Reconstructing musical instruments from Roman and Late Roman Egypt in the Petrie Collection’ (& Creese, D., Swift, E., Stoner, J.)
British School at Rome, ‘Maternitas’ conf.: ‘Mothers and infants in Roman Egypt: The papyrus evidence'
Cornell University, New York “Better to Dwell in Your Own Small House”: Households of Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt in Context conference: 'If These Walls Could Talk: The Changing House in Marriage, Parenting and Kinship Strategies'
London, IHR and Raphael Samuel Centre, Seminar Series in the History of Sexuality: 'Wet-nurses, sexual restrictions and wage labour in Roman Egypt'
(with Ville Vuolanto) Gothenburg, Keynote Lecture at Arachne Gender Conference: 'How to Become an Adult in Roman Egypt'
British School at Rome, Maternitas: Fertility, Pregnancy, and Maternal Health in the Classical World: 'Experiences of mothers and infants in Roman Egypt: The papyrological evidence'
Universitet i Oslo: ‘Children’s Cultures in Egypt’
Sheffield, Classical Association: 'Child in the Ancient City'
(with Ville Vuolanto) Barcelona, 28th International Congress of Papyrology: 'Gymnasium and Identity: Youth and Adolescence in Oxyrhynchos'
(with Ville Vuolanto) Turku 'The VII Conference on Childhood Studies. Childhood in Everyday Life: 'Agency and the Children in the Past: the Case of Roman Egypt'
(with Ville Vuolanto) Helsinki, European Association of Urban Historians Congress: 'Childhood spaces in Roman Oxyrhynchos'
Manchester Classical Association Meeting 'Growing Up in Roman Egypt'
University of Basel: ‘The Cultural Economics of Breast-Feeding in Roman Egypt’
(with Ville Vuolanto) University of Tampere, Finland: ‘On the road: children’s travel around Oxyrhynchos’ On the Road: Travels, Pilgrimages and Social Interaction. Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages VI
Newcastle University: ‘ “…and all the troubles of nursing, to which their station condemns them”: mothers, wet-nurses and the economics of breastfeeding in Roman Egypt’
Universitet i Oslo : ‘Children’s experience and environment: the case of aunts and uncles in Oxyrhynchos’
London, Institute of Classical Studies: ‘Population, Society and Family in Roman Egypt’
Birkbeck, London Between Words & Walls conf.: ‘Social and housing structures in 2nd c. rural Egypt’
(with Ville Vuolanto) Manchester: ‘Children in Roman Oxyrhynchos: everyday life in a metropolis’
Gothenburg, Arachne Gender Studies con.: ‘A truth universally acknowledged? Elite marital and social status in Roman Egypt’
Rome (Institutum Romanum Findlandiae) Roman Family VI con.: ‘Egyptian monastic children’
Birkbeck, London: ‘Dealing with death in Roman Egypt’
Manchester, Colloquium on Childhood in Antiquity: ‘Children and families in Roman Egypt’
Cardiff, Classical Association Annual Meeting: ‘Family life cycles in Graeco-Roman Egypt’
Gothenburg, Oikos - Familia: Family in the Ancient Greco-Roman World: ‘Death and the family: widows and familial networks in Roman Egypt’
New York, Institute for Study of the Ancient World: ‘Household life-cycles in Roman Egypt’
(2016) 'Trauma and Changing Circumstances in Youth' Network Colloquium, MCYS, ManMet University
(2016) 'Mates, Mischief and Make-Believe. Children's Peer Cultures, Past and Present' Network Colloquium, MCYS, ManMet University
(2013) Institute of Classical Studies and School of Advanced Studies Ancient History Seminar Series (with Prof R Alston), Senate House London
(2013) Between Words and Walls: Material and Textual Approaches to Ancient Housing conference (with Dr J Baird) Birkbeck, University of London
(2012/13) Rome in Bloomsbury Public Lecture Series, Birkbeck, University of London
(2005) Manchester, Pre-modern Populations and Economies: the Case of Greece and Rome conference (with Dr C Holleran)
Historical Methods journal
AHRC co-Investigator on £380,000 project with Canterbury, Kent, 2017-2019 (Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Undersanding Society and Culture)
I am Chair of Ancient History for the Classical Association Teaching Board. The work of the Teaching Board supports U.K. teachers of Classics & Ancient History G.C.S.E.s and A Levels, providing INSET days, materials and networking opportunity between teachers and academics.
The next Ancient History INSET day will be in Novemeber at ManMet: please contact me for details.
AHRC co-Investigator on £380,000 project with Canterbury, Kent, 2017-2019
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 2009-11
AHRC Studentship, 2003-6
AHRC Studentship, 2001/2
The Wellcome Trust
The National Research Foundation, South Africa
May 2014 Visiting Professor, Institut for filosofi, ide-og kunsthistorie og klassiske språk, Universitet i Oslo
Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Egypt Exploration Society