My specialism is Graeco-Roman Egypt and the history of demography, childhood and youth, family, and gender in the classical past. I have published widely on these topics and regularly organise and participate in international conferences, workshops and public events relating to them.
New project: I'm working as co-Investigator on an AHRC funded project 'Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Understanding Society and Culture' http://bit.ly/2xdEYHk and http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/egypt-artefacts/
We focus on interactive face to face learning using documents, artefacts and digital resources. My specialist units centre on student-led project and presentation, in addition to independent reading and research. Every student has a huge potential to shape their own learning; it is my job to help you get the most from that potential.
PhD Ancient History (Manchester)
MA Ancient World Studies (Manchester)
BA (Hons.) Ancient History and Archaeology (Manchester)
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 worked as Branch Secretary for the Manchester and District Classical Association. I currently serve as:
I use classical languages in my research (Greek, Latin, Coptic) and encourage students to consider learning classical languages ab initio.
Students at ManMet are now offered the opportunity to learn Latin from scratch with accredited units in each year (including postgraduate). Students learn Latin hands on, from a range of historical texts, inscriptions, graffiti and other writing.
1st year: UniWide Latin for Beginners (15 credits)
2nd year: Latin Sources for Historians: From the Ancient to the Medieval Worlds (30 credits)
3rd year: UniWide Intermediate Latin (15 credits)
MA: Latin Sources (15 credits)
Ancient History gives you an opportunity to explore human behaviours, cultures, literature and material culture which are relevant to historical and contemporary societies. We engage with topics and themes such as: gender norms; sexuality; ethnicity; urbanism; national identities and multiculturalism; uses of the past for political and ideological purposes; written and visual propaganda; religious life; and philosophical and political thought.
Latin Sources (Unit Leader) MA
Supervising MA dissertations relating to Ancient History
I have supervised a number of PhDs across Greek, Hellenistic, Roman and Late Roman history.
Currently I am Co-Supervisor of PhD topics at ManMet, including 'Reactions to Combat in Classical Antiquity' and Co-Supervisor of students in the AHRC NWCDTP Classics Pathway, which I co-ordinate (Classics & Ancient History at ManMet, University of Manchester, University of Liverpool).
I would be delighted to offer supervision on PhD topics in the following areas:
• Ancient demography and health
• Ancient children, household and family
• Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, social and cultural history
My primary research stems from two questions about the ancient past: what were the experiences of childhood and family for those who inhabited the ancient world? And how were these influenced by population-wide patterns of birth, death and mobility, and by local cultural and social factors? To begin to answer these questions I use documentary papyri and archaeological material from Roman Egypt (1st – 6th centuries AD) to examine the place of children and the operation and cultures of the family in relation to other social, economic and cultural institutions and processes.
AHRC funded: Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Undersanding Society and Culture with Dr Ellen Swift and 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
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 and concerns.
Material Cultures of Infant Feeding in the Classical World with Dr Sally Waite, Newcastle
Along with Dr Sally Waite, I am preparing to publish 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.
Between Words and Walls. Textual and Material Approaches to Ancient Housing with Dr Jennifer Baird, Birkbeck
We are editing a volume on the relationship between housing as it was expressed in words and how it materialised in walls; this volume features Classicists, Ancient Historians and Archaeologists working with varied sets of material relating to ancient housing. The work builds on our recent conference reviewed here.
Children's Cultures in the Past and Present, with various
I have established a research grouping that brings together specialists on children across a range of academic disciplines: History, Classics, Archaeology, Social Sciences, English Literature, and Education. The study of children in the past contributes to our understanding of childhood experience and agency across contemporary societies across a range of socio-economic, political, educational and other contexts; it can also help us understand what factors invite and instigate change in how children live their lives, engage with their environment, and form their own cultures.
We have held two fruitful international colloaquia at ManMet this academic year, through our Manchester Centre for Youth Studies (MCYS) and plan 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, S. Waite Material cultures of infant feeding in Classical Antiquity: bottles, strainers and cups in U.K. museum collections. In: Material cultures of infant feeding in Classical Antiquity.
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, 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 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 (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, 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.
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, Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, Manchester Metropolitan University
(2016) 'Mates, Mischief and Make-Believe. Children's Peer Cultures, Past and Present' Network Colloquium, Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, Manchester Metropolitan 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)
I have been invited to act as Peer Referee for:
Historical Methods journal
Co-Investigator on AHRC project, June 2017-May 2019
Roman and Late Antique Artefacts from Egypt: Undersanding Society and Culture with Dr Ellen Swift and Dr Jo Stoner, Canterbury Kent and Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL
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.
BBC World Service 'Newsday' programme interview, November 2014
Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship, 2009-11
AHRC Studentship, 2003-6
AHRC Studentship, 2001/2
I have been invited and acted as reviewer for:
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