About this Fellow
I was born in India of mixed British and Russian parentage, and mostly brought up in England. I took degrees at Cambridge and then Oxford, and held a fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, before moving to Bristol University in 1981. I have remained there ever since. I started my career as a historian of early modern Britain, and remain one, but have branched out to acquire interests in the history of paganism, witchcraft and magic and of attitudes to them. I am presently at work on a study of the witch figure.
- Professor of History, University of Bristol
Ancient Greek and Roman art and visual history; marble sculpture and portraits; late antiquity; archaeology of Greek cities of Eastern Roman Empire
Prehistory in Europe, the Near East and Central Asia; the beginnings of sedentary life and domestication of plants and animals; early metallurgy; nomadism and cultural contacts in the Eurasian steppes in the 1st millenium BC
Egyptology: art, archaeology, writing systems, religion, literature, social forms; comparative & theoretical study of early civilisations.
Environmental change with special reference to the solar factor.