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Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

Alexia Petsalis-DiomidisLecturer in Classical Greek Art

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2401
Address Department of Classics
D9, North Wing
King's College London

London, WC2R 2LS 


After completing her undergraduate studies in Classics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Alexia went on to study for an MA in Byzantine Art and a PhD in the area of Classical pilgrimage at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, under the joint supervision of Professor Robin Cormack and Dr Jas’ Elsner. She taught Classical Art and Archaeology at University College Dublin (2001-2002), at Nottingham University, where she was a Special Leverhulme Research Fellow (2002-2005). She has held a Lectureship in Classical Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford since 2005 and is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birkbeck College, University of London (2011-2014).

Research interests
  • materiality and religion of the Graeco-Roman world
  • the body, travel and landscape
  • pilgrimage
  • the depiction of Classical antiquities in film and photography in the early C20th
Selected Publications
  • Truly beyond wonders: Aelius Aristides and the cult of Asklepios, Ancient Culture and Representation Series, eds., S.R.F. Price, R.R.R. Smith and O. Taplin (Oxford University Press, 2010)
  • ‘The Body in the landscape: Aristides’ corpus in the light of The Sacred Tales’, in W. Harris and B. Holmes, eds., Aelius Aristides between Greece, Rome and the Gods, Columbia Studies in the Classical Tradition XXXII  (Leiden, 2008), 131-50.
  • ‘Landscape, transformation and divine epiphany’, in S. Swain, S. Harrison and J. Elsner, eds, Severan Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2007), 250-89.
  • ‘Amphiaraos present: images of healing pilgrimage in ancient Greece’, in R. Shepherd and R. Maniura, eds., Images and Presence: Essays on the ‘presence’ of the prototype within the image (Ashgate, 2006), 205-29.
  • Sacred writing, sacred reading: the function of Aelius Aristides’ self-presentation as author in the Sacred Tales ’, in J. Mossman and B. McGing, eds., The Limits of Ancient Biography (Classical Press of Wales, 2006), 193-211.
  • ‘The body in space: visual dynamics in Graeco-Roman healing pilgrimage’, in I. Rutherford and J. Elsner, eds., Seeing the Gods: Patterns of Pilgrimage in Antiquity (Oxford University Press, 2005), 183-218.
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