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Professor Michael Scott


Professor in Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick

Michael is a Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick and member of Warwick’s Global History and Culture Centre.

His research and teaching focuses on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman society, as well as ancient Global History. In 2017-8 Michael held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on an ancient global history research project looking at the movement of luxury goods between the Mediterranean and China in antiquity. He is a National Teaching Fellow (the UK’s most prestigious award for teaching in Higher Education); Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; winner of the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence and Foundation Fellow of the Warwick Higher Education Academy. In 2015, Michael was also made an honorary Citizenship of Delphi, Greece – Επίτιμος Δημότης Δελφών – in recognition of his work related to the sanctuary of Delphi; and in 2019 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Michael is also well known for his public engagement and outreach work as a speaker and broadcaster. He is President of the Lytham Saint Annes Classical Association, the largest branch in the UK, and is a Trustee of the charity Classics for All. He has written and presented a range of TV and Radio programmes for National Geographic, History Channel, Nova, BBC & ITV including Delphi: belly button of the ancient world (BBC4); Guilty Pleasures: luxury in the ancient and medieval worlds (BBC4); Jesus: rise to power (Nat Geo); Ancient Discoveries (History Channel); Who were the Greeks? (BBC2); The Mystery of the X Tombs (BBC2/Nova); The Greatest Show on Earth (BBC4, in conjunction with the Open University); Roman Britain from the Air (ITV); Rome’s Invisible City (BBC1), Invisible Cities (BBC1); Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean (BBC2) and Ancient Invisible Cities (BBC2). He has also presented a radio series for BBC Radio 4, ‘Spin the Globe’, written for national and international newspapers and magazines, lectured to schools and groups in the UK and Europe, and has taught in the UK, Europe, US and Brazil. In 2019, he was re-created as a Lego figure in honour of his contribution to Classics.

Last updated: Sep 2019