Ancient History and Archaeology The focus of my PhD and my research at Birmingham is on the relationship between religion and the city and transformations in that relationship during the late antique period, particularly in Roman Africa.
I am committed to using both literary material and archaeological evidence in my work and I have co directed archaeological projects in both Croatia and Libya. I teach on a wide range of modules on Roman history and culture at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. These modules include both core Roman history lectures on Republican and Imperial history for first, second and third year students, which examine the basic chronology and key debates on Roman history and historiography. For first years I also teach a small group module that teaches basic academic skills whilst examining the late Roman world as presented by the historian Ammianus Marcellinus. My two specialist small group coach outlet gaffney sc teaching modules for second and third years both consider the region of North Africa in Antiquity. One module examines Phoenician colonisation, the Carthaginian state and its religion, native kingdoms in the second century BC and the takeover of the region by Rome from the second century BC onwards. The module also considers the evolution of Roman Africa to the reign of Septimius Severus, the first Roman emperor who was born in Africa. My other specialist module considers Africa in the late fourth and early fifth century and assesses the religious debates, societal changes and urban life as demonstrated through the writings of Saint Augustine of Hippo. I also teach on the Empire and Identity module that examines the city in the Roman West in the mid late Republic and the early Imperial period; it examines theoretical approaches to the ancient city as well as the production, re production and the abandonment of the urban form. At UG and MA level I supervise dissertations on all areas of Roman history and culture and I am particularly interested in supervising work on urbanism and city life and religious evolution. I am committed to delivering innovative, high quality teaching incorporating a wide variety of teaching types and using trips, objects and literary material to help students better understand the ancient world. In 2014 15 I was nominated for the inaugural University of Birmingham Outstanding Teaching Awards by CAHA students and selected as the prize winner for the College of Arts and Law. The award remains one of my proudest achievements in higher education. There are several areas that I have and would consider supervising MPhil and PhD students on. Urbanism in the Roman Empire and in particular North Africa The evolution of the late Roman city Christianity and Christians in North Africa (pre AD. 450); in particular heresy and schism and their sociological background and the relationship between Christians and non Christians in the African cities. Paganism and syncretism in the later Roman Empire Aspects of the history of the later Roman Empire I am always more than happy to talk to prospective students about their projects. Most of my work is connected with the late Roman city, particularly in Africa, both as a construct in its own right but also as the prime venue for the production of the literary and epigraphic texts that comprise a key aspect of our evidence for late Roman and late antique life. I also study it as the location of the religious conflicts that, at times, dominate the literature of the coach outlet atlanta 02 era. I am currently doing research on religion and religious change in the cities of late Roman Africa, considering issues around the survival of traditional religious practice and belief into the fifth and sixth centuries AD and syncretism between traditional beliefs and Christianity. Recent publications include two books. One, The Cities of Roman Africa considers the evolution of urban space from the pre Roman period until the fall of Carthage to the Vandals in AD 439 and also explores issues of social, economic and religious change and continuity. The second book, co written with Prof. Ray Laurence (Kent) and Prof. Simon Esmonde Cleary (Birmingham), examines the evolution of the city across the provinces of the western Roman Empire during the Roman Republic and early Empire. The City in the Roman West: 250 BC to AD 250 not only compares the processes occurring in the different regions of the West but explores the changes through an examination of different building types and, more importantly, the activities that took place in them. Along with Dr Peter Keegan (Macquarie) and Prof. The volume explores the creation of spaces' through the accretion of monumental inscriptions and non official graffiti in the Latin speaking West. The volume includes new approaches to the study of political entities, social institutions, graffiti and painting, and the differing trajectories of written spaces in the cities of Roman Africa, Italy, Spain and Gaul. I am a co director of the Birmingham team with Professor Vince Gaffney in a project in Split and the Cetina Valley in Croatia. This project undertook a field mission in and around Split in June July 2009 investigating the subsurface remains of rural sites in the Cetina valley with ground penetrating radar and magnetometry. Two seasons have taken place so far. In June July 2006 a team from the University of Birmingham (Professor Vince Gaffney, Dr Helen Goodchild, Richard Cutler, Dr Gareth Sears) and the University of Alberta in Edmonton undertook a topographical survey using a differential GPS in the CAP concession area around the extramural Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone in the Wadi Bel Gadir. In June 2007 a team from the University of Birmingham (Professor Vince Gaffney, Dr Chris Gaffney, Dr Andy Howard, Dr Helen Goodchild, Richard Cutler, Dr Gareth Sears) again travelled to Libya to undertake 3D laser scanning and panoramic photography in the Sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone and in the upper coach outlet coupons best town and to use a Foerster ferex magnetometer on the Acropolis and other intramural areas. The results of these seasons are being prepared for interim publication but Birmingham Archaeology reports are already available (see below). In 2007 I published a book on the cities of North Africa during the later Roman Empire stemming from my PhD research in 2007. Late Roman African Urbanism considers the development of the cities of North Africa during the Later Roman Empire (AD 284 439). This work considers the evolution of the city away from the Roman city in the region as well as the maintenance of the urban tradition and compares these developments to those occurring elsewhere in the Roman Empire in this period. Sears, G., Keegan, P., and Laurence, R. (eds.) 2013. Written Space, Bloomsbury. Laurence, R., Esmonde Cleary S. and Sears, G. 2011. The City in the Roman West 250 BC to 250 AD, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. Sears, G. Sears, G. Sears, G. 2014. 'Cities in the Roman World', Oxford Bibliographies Project Sears, G. 2013. 'A New Era? Severan Inscriptions in Africa', in Sears, G., Keegan, P., and Laurence, coach outlet purses 75% R. (eds.) 2013. Written Space, London, Bloomsbury: 201 16. Gaffney, V., Sears, G, Gaffney C. et al. 2013. 'Visualising Urban Change: The Mausoleum Of Diocletian and 3D Laser Scanning', in Ch'ng, E. (ed.) Visual and Spatial Technologies and Computational Archaeology Sears, G., Gaffney, V., Gaffney, C., Cuttler, R. Goodchild, H. and Kane, S. 2012. urban landscapes at Cyrene in Christie, N. (ed.) Vrbes Extinctae, Aldershot Sears, G. 2011. Fate of the Temples in North Africa in Lavan, L. and Mulryan, M. (eds.) The Fate of the Temples, Late Antique Archaeology series, Brill Cuttler, R., Gaffney, C., Gaffney, V., Goodchild, H., Howard, A.
and Sears, G. 2009. perspectives on the city of Cyrene, Libya: Remote sensing and the management of the buried archaeological resource Arch 65 7.
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