Michael Scott

Academic, Author and Broadcaster in Ancient History and Archaeology

British Museum History Hit with Peter Frankopan – 27th January 2018

History Hit presents: Understanding the ancient Silk Roads with Peter Frankopan
Location: BP Lecture Theatre
Date: 27th January 2018
Time: 10.30 – 17.00

The region known throughout history as the Silk Road (or more correctly Roads) is obscure to many in the English-speaking world. Yet this is where civilisation itself began, where the world’s great religions were born and took root.

The Silk Roads were no exotic series of connections, but networks that linked continents and oceans together. Along them flowed ideas, goods, disease and death. This was where empires were won and lost.

This one-day study day, presented in collaboration with History Hit Live and programmed with historian Peter Frankopan, will present the vast history of the ancient Silk Roads in an accessible way, and is open to all.

For more information and events, check out the British Museum’s web page.

Lytham St Annes Classical Association Presidential Lecture – 11th January 2018

LSA CA Talk January 11th

Annual Presidential Lecture: “Sicily – an island for everyone”

Details to follow

I will be speaking at the annual presidential lecture for the Lytham St Annes Classical Association in January 2018

For more information about the activities of the Lytham St Annes group, take a look at the LSA website or facebook page.

Festival of the Future City – 18th October 2017

What Can We Learn from Cities of the Past?
Location: Watershed
Time: 7:40pm – 9:00pm

On the evening of the 18th of the October, I’ll be taking part in the second Festival of the Future City which is being held on the 18th-20th October in Bristol.
I will be speaking on the development of ancient cities and what we can learn for today with Julian Baggini, Owen Hatherley, Rachel Hewitt, and Angie Hobbs.

For more information and booking, check out the festival web page.
Keep up with the news about the event using the twitter hashtag #futurecity17.
Book online or in person at Watershed Box Office or on Tel: 0117 927 5100 Mon – Fri from 09:00 and Sat & Sun from 10:00.

Heffers Classics Forum talk – 28th October 2017

I will be speaking at the Heffers Classics Forum, Cambridge – more details to follow.

Time: TBC – full event 10am – 6pm
Venue: Hicks Room, The University Centre, Granta Place, Cambridge, CB2 1RU

Book tickets here!

Classics for All Lecture – 12th December 2017

On 12th December I will be giving the 2nd annual Friends of Classics Memorial Lecture for Classics for All.
Details to follow.

For more information on the Classics for All organisation, please check out their website.

Also Festival – 1st July 2017

“Daring you to see the true realities of ancient Greece”

When: Saturday 1st July – Main talk 12-1pm, discussion with Natalie Haynes to follow at 1-2pm.
Where: Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire

This year I’ll be appearing at the Also festival to give a talk entitled “Daring you to see the true realities of ancient Greece”.
This festival is a great chance to challenge peoples’ understanding of the ancient past and really put them in the footsteps and mindsets of people who lived thousands of years ago. And in so doing, I am hoping to dare the audience to imagine a world they would never want to spend a day in, but to which he owe so much.

For more information about the event and the other speakers, take a look at the Also Festival website.

Cambridge Classical Association Talk – 16th June 2017

“Ancient Worlds: Linking East and West”

Venue: Room 1.02, Classics Faculty, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

Time: 6pm – 7 pm Drinks in the Cast Gallery
7pm- 8pm Lecture in Room 1.02

At a meeting of the Cambridge Classical Assocation, I’ll be talking about themes from my latest publication, ‘Ancient Worlds’. The book is out now in both hardback and paperback, take a look here to learn more.

The meaning and impact of luxuries across the ancient world 100 BCE-300CE

This project is funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship

Global History is a popular and expanding field, which seeks both to understand better the connectivity between human cultures, and to understand better individual human cultures through comparison with others. The connective and comparative global study of ancient cultures has, however, traditionally been focused on the dynamics of empires (e.g. the Roman and Chinese Han empires); the economics of connective trade routes (most famously the Silk Roads); and the comparative study of particular disciplines within different cultures (e.g. philosophy and science in ancient Greece and China).

I am the first ancient historian to join the Warwick University’s Global History and Culture Centre, marking an expansion of the remit of Warwick’s Global History agenda and a new connection between the Department of Classics and Ancient History and the Department of History. During my Leverhulme Research Fellowship, I am combining one of the hallmarks of the Warwick approach to global study – the analysis of the socio-cultural and political impacts of global trade – with the ancient historical evidence for developing trade networks. My research project examines the socio-cultural and political meaning and impact of the trade in luxury goods across the Mediterranean, Asia, India and China in the period 100 BC – 300 CE (when the permanent connective arteries of trade were being formulated across these communities). I ask three crucial questions about the impacts of particular luxury goods moving across these worlds:

1. How did these goods, as they moved along trading networks & through different recipient communities with different socio-cultural & political climates, change in their value and meaning?

2. In what ways did these goods themselves affect the socio-cultural & political values of their recipient communities?

3. To what degree did these goods alter the recipient communities’ understanding of the community of origin & the relative relationships between them?

The case-study luxury goods chosen offer different distinct points of origin, different directions of trade and encapsulate different opportunities for the attribution of value and meaning: first silk (originating from China and traded west as both raw material and finished garment); second black pepper (originating from Kerala, India and traded both east and west as finished product with long shelf life); and third blown glass (originating from the Roman Levant and traded east, as both luxury good in itself and container of other luxury goods [e.g. perfumed oils]).

During the course of the Fellowship, I will be working with the ancient Global history centres at Warwick, Oxford and Stanford, as well as with colleagues at the Institute for the History of Ancient Civilisations, Northeast Normal University (‘NNU’), Changchun, China. I plan to publish my research in a monograph with Cambridge University Press.

History Masterclass with Michael Scott: Gritty Realities of Ancient Greece – 6th May 2017


History Masterclass with Michael Scott: Gritty Realities of Ancient Greece

Date & Time: 6th May 2017, Doors open 10:30, event 11am-1pm

Location: 19 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HH

Michael has collaborated with the team at History Masterclass to hold a session on the murky reality of ancient Greek society. The two hour History Masterclass sessions offer a small group of 20-30 participants an interactive learning experience with the expert in a format consisting a mixture of talks, discussion & workshop-style activities.

Think of ancient Greece and what springs to mind? Philosophers sitting around talking? Or Gerard Butler in 300? Both have a place in the reality of ancient Greece, but they are by no means the whole picture. In this masterclass, Dr Michael Scott opens up the gritty realities of ancient Greece to give you a cradle to grave (and beyond!) understanding of what it meant to live in one of the most important epochs in human history. From understanding your life expectancy at birth to going through adolescence; from not committing faux-pas in an ancient wine drinking symposium to competing at the highest level of the Olympics; from being buried in style to dealing with the gods, join Michael in getting into the footsteps, hearts and minds of the ancient Greeks and seeing life through their eyes.

For further information about the History Masterclasses, click here!

To book your tickets now, check out the Masterclass website here.

Oxford Literary Festival – 27th March 2017

Oxford Literary Festival 27th March 2017

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West

Venue: Weston Lecture Theatre

Time: 12 – 1pm

At the Oxford Literary Festival, I’ll be talking about themes from my latest publication, ‘Ancient Worlds’. The book is out now in both hardback and paperback, take a look here to learn more.
Booking is open for this ticketed event.

For more information on the festival and this event, click here to go to the Oxford Literary Festival webpages.

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