Elinor Cosgrave

Postgraduate Researcher

Summary: Roman History and Culture, 'The Other' in the Roman World, Captives and Hostages in Rome, Disability in Roman Society, Classical Art and Material Culture. BA Hons. (Leeds), MA Hons. (Leeds)

My current research centres on captives within the Roman world, primarily individuals or groups who were forcibly or coercively taken prisoner as a result of Roman military campaigns. I aim to draw on a wide range of literary, epigraphic, artistic and archaeological evidence to build an overview of how different groups of captives, such as elite hostages, women, and different ethnic populations, were considered by and treated within Roman culture and society.

Generally, my research centres on ‘The Other’ in the Roman world, particularly the social position of groups which have largely been ignored in traditional scholarship. For instance, I researched disability within Roman society for my Masters dissertation and considered the treatment of individuals, including women, slaves and children, with congenital disorders, mobility issues and sensory disabilities.

I am also interested in Roman art and material culture. Previous research, carried out during my masters, has focussed on: sexual imagery on Pompeian wall-paintings and the varying degrees of damnatio memoriae, including non-elite examples. Other research projects include: the Jewish population in Rome following the First Jewish-Roman War, the concept of Imperial virtues and the ‘Good Emperor’, and celebrity culture in Ancient Rome.

I completed both my undergraduate degree and Masters at Leeds, graduating in 2014 and 2015 respectively. In addition to my studies, I was previously employed as a Peer Coach at a local sixth form college (2012-2015), leading small seminar groups of Classical Civilisation and History A-level students in preparation for their summer exams.

My research is funded by the Leeds University Research Scholarship and is co-supervised by Dr. Penny Goodman and Dr. Regine May