Mary Harlow

Mary Harlow

Associate Professor of Ancient History

BA, PhD (Leicester)

Subject: Roman History


Tel: 0116 252 3010



Mary Harlow read Classical Studies and Ancient History at Leicester in the 1980s where she also studied for her PhD. In 1995 she commenced teaching and after a brief stint at St Andrews moved to Birmingham where she remained until 2012. At the same time she was also an Associate Lecturer for the Open University (1995-2000). In 2000-2002 she held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to study Dress and Identity in Late Antiquity, and in 2011 began a short residency as Guest Professor at the Danish National Research Foundation’s Centre for Textile Research at Copenhagen which ended up becoming a 2 year secondment (2011-2013). She also has strong research interests in the field of Roman life course studies, age and ageing and the Roman family.


See current project on Traditional Textile Craft. 


Podcast on Roman Dress and Traditional Textile Craft, June 2014.








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