Dr Teresa Morgan
Nancy Bissell Turpin Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History
I have been a Fellow and Tutor at Oriel since 2000, having studied classics at Cambridge, theology at Oxford, and violin and viola at the Royal Academy of Music.
My research focuses on the cultural history of the later Greek world and the Roman Empire and the early history of Christianity. In Literate Education in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds (CUP, 1998), I explore the role of education in the expanding, fast-changing, socially and culturally complex worlds of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the early Roman Empire. Popular Morality in the Early Roman Empire (CUP, 2007) uses proverbs, fables, gnomic sayings and exemplary stories to argue that below the level of philosophical schools, there was a web of remarkably coherent moral ideas in use in the society of the early principate. I am now working on a study of faith in early Christianity.
I teach Greek and Roman history from the eighth century BCE to the fourth century CE. Among my particular interests are theoretical approaches to the writing of history, the history of sex, sexuality and gender, the history of religions, papyrology and all forms of social history.