About this Fellow
Roland Smith is from Edinburgh and studied Classics and then Classical Archaeology at Oxford University. He was a Fellow by Examination in Ancient History at Magdalen College, Oxford (1981-1986), a Harkness Fellow at Princeton University (1983-85), and an Alexander von Humbolt Fellow at the Institut fÃ¼r Klassische ArchÃ¤ologie in Munich (1991-2). He taught at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University from 1986-95. In 1995 he took up his present position as Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art at Oxford University. He is also the Curator of the Cast Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum and (since 1991) Director of the New York University Excavations at Aphrodisias in Turkey Smith's main research interests are in the art and visual cultures of the ancient Mediterranean world, with a strong focus in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. His work is mainly directed at the historical interpretation of ancient visual representation and its relationship with contemporary social and political culture. In connection with his work at Aphrodisias he also has a particular interest in the art and archaeology of the Greek cities of the Eastern Roman Empire.
- Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art, University of Oxford
Ancient History, History of Rome, Italy and the Roman Provinces, Roman Epigraphy
History of the Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique Near East; Graeco-Roman Egypt; Papyrology; Epigraphy
Ancient History of the Mediterranean world: Greek inscriptions and coinages focused on central Greece; Greek onomastics; archaeological excavations at Eretria-Amarynthos.
The history of medicine from the ancient Greeks to the 17th century, especially Galen (129-216 C.E.) and the Galenic tradition, including editions and translations of Latin and Greek texts