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Dr Ruth Westgate 


Education & Qualifications

1988 BA Classics, Clare College, Cambridge

1995 PhD, History of Art, Manchester University (Greek Mosaics of the Classical and Hellenistic Periods)

Career Overview

2013– Senior Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient History, Cardiff University

2004–2013 Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient History, Cardiff University

1998–2004 Research Fellow/Lecturer in Archaeology and Ancient History, Cardiff University

1996 Associate Lecturer, Classics Department, King’s College London

1993–95 Macmillan-Rodewald Student, British School at Athens

1992–93 School Student, British School at Athens

Membership & External Activity

Publicity Officer and Committee member, Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics

Member of Council, Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, 2007–2010

Secretary, Cardiff and District Classical Association, 2001–2010

Member, Association International pour l’Étude de la Mosaïque Antique

Member of Council, British School at Athens, 1996–1998

Notable Achievements

2008 Awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for work on a monograph on Greek mosaics.

2001 Lead organiser of the conference ‘Building Communities: House, Settlement and Society in the Aegean and Beyond’.

Selected Presentations

The Mosaicists’ Customers: Who were they, and what did they want?
‘Production in Pieces: Making Mosaics from Antiquity to the Present’, King’s College London, March 2013

Party Animals: The Imagery of Status, Power and Masculinity in Greek Mosaics
Inaugural Address, UCD Classical Society, Dublin, March 2011

Hellenistic Mosaics and the Display of Cult Statues
Classical Association Annual Conference, Cardiff, April 2010

Party Animals: The Imagery of Status, Power and Masculinity in Greek Mosaics
Association for the Study and Preservation of Roman Mosaics, 59th Symposium on Ancient Mosaics, London, December 2008

Making Yourself at Home in the Hellenistic World
‘Belonging and Isolation in the Hellenistic World’, University of Waterloo, Ontario, August 2008

Carpets in Stone? Greek Mosaics and Oriental Textiles in the Classical-Hellenistic Periods
‘Fabulous Stuff: The Impact of Near Eastern Textiles on Europe’, Exeter University, May 2008

Interior Decoration in Hellenistic Houses: Context, Function and Meaning
keynote lecture at ‘Urban Living in the Eastern Mediterranean, Fourth Century B.C. to First Century A.D.’, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna, October 2007

House Form and Social Structure in Classical and Hellenistic Crete
‘STEGA: The Archaeology of Houses and Households in Ancient Crete from the Neolithic Period through the Roman Era’, Ierapetra, Crete, May 2005

Greek Mosaics in the Black Sea Region
‘Olbia and the Ancient World’, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences, Kiev, November 2001