Jane Masséglia

Lecturer in Ancient History

MA, MSt, MPhil, DPhil (Oxford), PGCE

Email Address: jeam2@le.ac.uk

I am currently on Maternity Leave, and will return in March 2020. If you are a current student with a question regarding a module I usually co-ordinate, please contact Dr Nikki Rollason (nkr4@le.ac.uk). If you are a potential student enquiring about postgraduate supervision, please see the information below.


Personal details

MA, MSt, MPhil, DPhil, PGCE

After a first degree in Lit. Hum. (Classics) at Oxford University, I studied for a PGCE and taught Latin, Greek and Classical Civilization for several years in schools before returning to university.  At Lincoln College, Oxford, I read for a doctorate in Classical Archaeology, and then spent several years both teaching (for the Classics Faculty, and at various colleges) and engaged on major research projects. The first was the The Emotions Project: The Greek Paradigm, a five-year, ERC-funded funded programme under Prof. Angelos Chaniotis, and the second was the Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project (AshLI), a three-year AHRC project under Warwick's Prof. Alison Cooley. I joined Leicester as a lecturer in February 2016.


Research Interests

I have a wide range of interests in the history of social interaction and, with a background in both languages and archaeology, am especially interested in combining art and text, and working with inscribed objects. My recent book, Body Language in Hellenistic Art and Society (OUP) examines how the body can be used to create and enforce social stereotypes.

I am currently Senior Scientist for the ERC-funded project LatinNow (Latinization of the north-western provinces: sociolinguistics, epigraphy and archaeology) working alongside a team based at the University of Nottingham and the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents at Oxford, and led by Principal Investigator Alex Mullen. I have particular responsibility for the Project's Public Engagement, including a touring exhibition of the UK and Europe, planned for 2019.

I also have a interest in the history and archaeology of Asia Minor, and for three years was a member of the excavation team at Pessinus, in central Anatolia, headed by the University of Melbourne. In 2014-15, I received a John Fell Fund award for a joint project 'Roman Life in Old Bones: rural history in the skeletons of Pessinus', with co-investigator Prof. Lana Williams from the University of Central Florida, which investigated the lives of grape farmers in Roman Phrygia. This combined my own interest in Anatolian funerary monuments with Prof. William's expertise in ancient skeletal remains.

In 2014, I was part of the Oxford team who carried out new imaging of the inscriptions of the great Philae Obelisk at Kingston Lacy a National Trust property in Dorset, and I edited the resulting volume. Since then, I have been increasingly interested in the application of Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) technology, and in 2017 was awarded a Teaching Development Fund award from the University of Leicester to enable the SAAH to acquire its own 'highlight' kit and organise training for colleagues and students.



I primarily teach topics in Greek history, material culture and language. I devised and co-ordinate the new first-year module Approaching Ancient Evidence: Greek (AH1008), as well as the second-year module Greek History in 40 Lives (AH2044) and third-year module Great Greek Monuments (AH3082). I also lecture in the first-year core module An Introduction to Greek History (AH1010), and teach classes on Greek art and archaeology in our Taught Masters Programmes.



I would be happy to hear from potential PhD-candidates with an interest in Greek art and archaeology - including (but not limited to) sculpture, painting, inscriptions, RTI, and funerary monuments - as well as in the study of emotions and identity in the Eastern Mediterranean. If you are considering a research degree, please see our guidance on how to apply.




In preparation: Women of the Hellenistic World: Themes and Variations with Aneurin Ellis-Evans

2016: The Philae Obelisk (Oxford CSAD, The Classics Conclave), as editor and contributor.

2015: Body Language in Hellenistic Art and Society, (OUP, Oxford Studies in Ancient Culture and Representation).

2014: Ancient Theaters of Anatolia, with Ahmet Ertug and R.R.R. Smith, (Istanbul).


Chapters and Articles

In press: ‘Quintilian and the Arts (visual arts)’, in M. van der Poel and J.J. Murphy (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Quintilian, (OUP, ~2016).

In press: 'The ‘Wool Basket’ stelai from Pessinus: relics of a lost landscape’, with Simon J. Young, in G. Tsetskhladze (ed.), Pessinus in its Regional Setting, (Oxford, ~2018).

2016:  ‘The island of Philae’, in J. Masséglia (ed.), The Philae Obelisk, (Oxford CSAD, The Classics Conclave).

2016:  ‘Rome’s Walking Dead: Resurrecting a Roman funeral at the Ashmolean Museum’, Journal of Classics Teaching, (Cambridge, online): DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S2058631016000088

2013: ‘Phrygians in relief: trends in self-representation’ in P. Thonemann (ed.) Roman Phrygia: Culture and Society (CUP, Greek Culture in the Roman World), 95-123. Reviewed by Christopher Jones in Times Literary Supplement, 26th Feb 2014.

2013: ‘Feeling Low: The relationship between social status and emotional display in Hellenistic Art’ in A. Chaniotis, P. Ducrey (eds), Emotions as Historical Factor: Perceptions and Feelings in the Ancient World (Stuttgart, HABES), 314-330.

2012: ‘Emotions and Archaeological Sources: a methodological introduction’ in A. Chaniotis (ed.), Unveiling Emotions: Sources and Methods for the Study of Emotions in the Greek World (Stuttgart, HABES), 131-150.

2012: ‘Make or Break Decisions: The Archaeology of Allegiance in ancient Ephesos’ in A. Chaniotis (ed.), Unveiling Emotions: Sources and Methods for the Study of Emotions in the Greek World (Stuttgart, HABES), 329-355.

2012: ‘Reasons to be Cheerful? The Drunken Old Woman of Munich and Rome’ in A. Chaniotis (ed.), Unveiling Emotions: Sources and Methods for the Study of Emotions in the Greek World (Stuttgart, HABES), 413-440.

2012: ‘Sculpture, Greece and Rome’ and ‘Nurses, Nursing’ in R. Bagnall, K. Broderson, et al. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Oxford, 2012).

2007: ‘Two sides to every story: a tale of love and hate on a Lakonian stele’ in Sparta: Journal of Spartan and Ancient Greek History 3.2, 23-28 (as Jane E.A. Anderson).


Conference Proceedings

In press: ‘Imaging inscriptions: The Kingston Lacy obelisk’, in A. Bowman, C. Crowther (eds.), Greek and Bilingual Inscriptions of Ptolemaic Egypt): Proceedings of the CPI Conference, 1-2 April 2016 (Oxford).

2015: 'The Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project (AshLI): Bringing epigraphic research to museum visitors and schools’, in S. Orlandi, R. Santucci, et al. (eds), Information Technologies for Epigraphy and Cultural Heritage: Proceedings of the First EAGLE International Conference 2014, (Sapienza Università Editrice), 221-232: http://www.eagle-network.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Paris-Conference-Proceedings.pdf

2015: ‘Imaging the Egyptian Obelisk at Kingston Lacy’, with Lindsay MacDonald, Charles Crowther, Ben Altshuler, Sarah Norodom, Andrew Cuffley  and James Grasby, in EVA London 2015: Electronic Visualisation and the Arts, 7-9 July 2015 (Swindon), 252-60. http://ewic.bcs.org/category/18483.



2015: ‘Tending the Vines: Biomechanical evidence of laterality and gendered labor division in viticulture at Pessinus, Turkey’, with Prof. Lana Williams, University of Central Florida, at Society for American Archaeology 80th Annual Meeting, San Francisco.

2014: ‘Home and Abroad: Roman Soldiers and Celtic Gods in the Ashmolean Museum’, at FERCAN Annual Conference, University of Wales, Lampeter.


Magazines and Newspapers

2016: ‘The Lost Boys: Did the Romans love their children?’, Omnibus 71, 24-26.

2013: Review (by commission) of Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum, The Art Newspaper (International Edition), online: http://old.theartnewspaper.com/reviews/Ancient-Romans-Folks-just-like-us/29514

2013: Opinion piece (by commission), Snap Decisions (on copyright of images in academic publications), in Times Higher Education, in print (23rd May 2013) and online: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/comment/opinion/snap-decisions/2003969.article


Book Reviews

2017: Review of F. Queyrel, La Sculpture Hellénistique vol. 1 (Picard, 2016), in The Sculpture Journal 2016

2017: Review of M. Stansbury-O’Donell, A History of Greek Art (Wiley Blackwell, 2015), in Classical Review, pp.1-3.

2016: Review of M. Hamiaux, L. Laugier and J-L Martinez, The Winged Victory of Samothrace: Rediscovering a Masterpiece (Paris, 2015), in Journal of Hellenic Studies 136, p. 277.

2013: Review of L. Bodiou, F. Gherchanoc, et al.(eds), Parures et artifices: le corps exposé dans l'Antiquité (Paris, 2011), in Journal of Hellenic Studies 133.

2013: Review of M. Bettini The Ears of Hermes. Communication, Images, and Identity in the Classical World. Translated by William Michael Short (Ohio State UP, 2012), in The Classical Review 63.1, 106-108.



2013: 11-point technical illustration of indirect lost wax process in the production of bronze sculpture, with detailed caption, in J. Ma, Statues and Cities: The Honorific Statue Habit in the Hellenistic period, (OUP, 2013).


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