Michael Scott

Academic, Author and Broadcaster in History and Archaeology

Author: Michael Scott

Lytham Saint Annes Presidential Lecture 2019

Lytham Saint Annes Presidential Lecture 2019 Details to follow. I will be speaking at the annual presidential lecture for the Lytham St Annes Classical Association on 10th January 2019

Ancient Invisible Cities: Cairo, Istanbul, Athens

Invisible Cities airs on BBC2 in late 2018. In the latest series of Invisible Cities, Michael heads to Cairo, Istanbul and Athens across 3 episodes, to uncover the forgotten, hard to reach and invisible aspects of these extraordinary cities and in so doing, offers new perspectives on their dramatic and important histories.

“The abolition of roaming charges will make us more global – it will allow us to engage more deeply with the wider EU”: World History Magazine

“The scourge of the massive (often unintended) holiday mobile-phone bill… should be at an end.”

I go to die? Thinking about Socrates and the Almeida Figures of Speech series

Am currently fascinated by the Almeida’s new Figures of Speech season ̵… Read More

Warwick Classics Network

In 2017-20, supported by a Warwick Widening Participation Development Fund and Warwick Impact Fund grant, I am leading a new widening participation and outreach initiative called the Warwick Classics Network

“The Belief in an interconnected humanity should be measured by the degree to which we take pride in our differences”: World History Magazine

“Recently I was greeted by a man who shook my hand in the limpest possible way.”

“The resting place of Hirst’s imagined ship rings true with what we know about connectivity between ancient cultures”: World History Magazine

“It’s a polarising affair – people either love it or hate it.”

“To teach students about the range of global attitudes and values, we need a wide-reaching programme of learning”: World History Magazine

I’m a first-time father. My little one is now 10 months old.”

“The Emergence of the Nation State left little room for a global perspective that priortised connections between nations”: World History Magazine

“It can easily feel like the globalisation that has defined the 20th and now 21st centuries is irreversible”

Sicily provides a beacon of hope for refugees by welcoming them: iNews

“The Italian island can teach the world how to treat new arrivals, says Dr Michael Scott”

Sicily – melting pot of the Mediterranean – BBC TWO 31st Jan 2017 9pm

Following hot on the heels of Italy’s Invisible Cities on BBC One, my new seri… Read More

Sicily and Britain: BBC History Magazine

“1. The Other Norman Conquest: More than one island’s history for transformed by a Norman invasion in the 1060s”

Italy’s Invisible Cities – Naples, Venice, Florence – BBC 1 starting 4th Jan 2017

Xander Armstrong and I are back on BBC 1 starting this Wednesday 4th January with a ne… Read More

Global Connections: World Histories Magazine

“Sicily is an incredible melting pot of ideas beliefs and peoples – which is why it is such a key focus for thought in 2016”

Greek Sanctuaries and Russian dolls: walls and religious experience – Omnibus Issue 72

“Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic games, competes with the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi for the accolade of being Greece’s most famous sacred space”

How Archimedes took on the Roman: BBC History Extra

‘Think of Archimedes (c287–212/211 BC), and I bet the image you have is that of a man jumping naked out of his bath, running down the street shouting “Eureka!” (ancient Greek for “I have found it”).’

The Tensions in American Democracy date back to 508 B.C.: Time Magazine

‘Even 2,500 years later, the tensions that were clear in Ancient Roman and Ancient Greek society show up in democratic governance

In 2016-8, supported by Strategic and Departmental Warwick Impact Fund grants, working with Warwick Academic Technologist Steve Ranford, a team of Warwick Classics PG and UG students, and the development team at Computerminds

Global Encounters of the ancient kind: BBC History Magazine

‘History is so often studied in isolated chunks, but that is not how it was experienced. Instead I want to offer an ancient global history, one that helps us understand how much we have always owed interaction with one another.’

It’s a small world: Radio Times

“Globalisation is nothing new – it began with Confucius 2,500 years ago”

Ancient Worlds – An Epic History of East and West – Out This Week!

My new book Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West is published this week Fr… Read More

Quizeum – coming soon to BBC4!

This great new Quiz show – hosted by Griff Rhys Jones – is coming soon to … Read More

Invisible Rome – like you have never seen it before! Coming soon to BBC 1

In this new documentary for BBC1 (and BBC Worldwide), I team up with ‘Pointless… Read More

Roman Britain from the Air on ITV – 23rd December 8pm!

As you settle in for Christmas (or if we were in ancient Rome, we would be enjoying the … Read More

Spin the Globe returns to Radio 4!

The second series of Spin the Globe – my BBC Radio 4 history series – ret… Read More

DELPHI – a history of the centre of the ancient world – OUT NOW!

My new book with Princeton University Press is officially published next week: DELRead More

Spin the Globe – BBC Radio 4

We are just coming to the end of a new project for BBC Radio 4, which will air starting n… Read More

A History of Greek Theatre: BBC History Magazine

‘Ancient Greek Drama dealt with everything from murder and incest to sex and sausages. Yet, says Michael Scott, one theme above all dominated the performance of tragedies and comedies in democratic Athens: politics.’

Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth – BBC 4

The BBC have decided to show earlier than expected my new series on the origins and de… Read More

The Mystery of Rome’s X Tombs – BBC 2 Sunday 28th July 9pm

My new documentary for BBC 2 ‘The Mystery of Rome’s X Tombs’ air… Read More


Its T-3 hours to the TX of episode 1 of WHO WERE THE GREEKS on BBC 2

I’ve written a … Read More

Boiotia – the dancing floor of Ares!

Last week I spoke in a conference organised by a colleague Dr Sam Gartland at Corpus C… Read More

Ancient world frozen in time

We recently completed the abroad filming on my new BBC 2 series Who Were the Greeks (c… Read More

Filming Who Were the Greeks

Am currently on a new filming project for BBC 2 – entitled Who Were the Greeks. … Read More

Filming Jesus Rise to Power in Tunisia

Hope you have all enjoyed Jesus Rise to Power. Here’s another entry from my fi… Read More

Jesus: Rise to Power

The upcoming premiere of Jesus:Rise to Power with National Geographic in the US on H… Read More

Live with New Zealand

Have just completed a radio interview with Graeme Hill of Radio Live New Zealand for … Read More

Luxury in the Age of Austerity

In 2012, I joined a panel for BBC RADIO THREE Nightwaves programme on Luxury in an age… Read More


Am currently reviewing Jerry Toner’s new book on Roman Disasters for BBC His… Read More

The Mystery of the X Tombs

This programme follows the investigations ongoing since 2003 into a mysterious chamber found deep within one of Rome’s catacombs. 2500 bodies piled neatly on top of one another in several chambers of mass death.

Space and Society in the Greek and Roman worlds

“Space and Society in the Greek and Roman worlds.” Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Saying it with a few words….

Last week, this article flashed up on twitter

Its well worth a read – a Profess… Read More


“Risk. Co-edited with Dr Layla Skinns and Tony Cox” Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Delphi and Olympia

“Delphi and Olympia: the spatial politics of panhellenism in the archaic and classical periods.” Cambridge University Press, 2010.

From Democrats to Kings

“From Democrats to Kings: The Downfall of Athens to the Epic Rise of Alexander the Great.” Icon Press UK, 2009.

Delphi: bellybutton of the ancient world

I wrote and presented a documentary for BBC FOUR on Delphi: Bellybutton of the Ancient World, (broadcast in Autumn 2010). The programme investigates the oracular sanctuary of Delphi in ancient Greece and asks how it managed to survive as the omphalos, the bellybutton, of the ancient world for over 1000 years and what Delphi still has to say to us today.

Paul the Octopus

In 2009, I gave an interview for a new feature-length film on the phenomenon of Paul the Psychic Octopus. The interview sought to put this modern day 'oracle' in the context of oracles through history and particularly the ancient world.

The Trouble with Luxury: BBC History Magazine

In this article I explore the problems luxuries brought to Ancient Greek society. This article was written alongside my documentary, Guilty Pleasures: Luxury in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds.

The Battle of Marathon – more important than Hastings?: BBC History Magazine

‘Exactly 2500 years ago, a small Athenian army defeated a huge Persian invasion force in a clash that has been hailed as a turning point in world history. Michael Scott asks, how significant was the Battle of Marathon?’

Has anyone seen the cameraman: Darwinian Magazine

In this article I explore my first experiences presenting television documentaries.

The Rise of Women in Ancient Greece: History Today

‘Michael Scott looks at how a time of crisis in the fourth century BC proved a dynamic moment of change for women in the Greek world.’

Greece’s Golden Century: BBC History Magazine

‘Historians who claim that the fifth century BC was the golden age of ancient Greece have missed a trick, says Michael Scott. As Scott argues in a new book out this month, some of the most crucial developments in classical Greek history did, in fact, occur a century later.’

The mystery of the Temple of Zeus at the Sanctuary of Nemea: Omnibus 58

‘The temple of Zeus at the sanctuary of Nemea has often been written off as a dull, inconsequential temple of the fourth century B.C. This article seeks to re-write the temple’s reputation by arguing that the temple was designed to bolster the sanctuary’s own chequered history during a period in which the sanctuary of Nemea was fighting for its survival. Religion and politics were fundamentally connected in the Greek world, as the story of the Nemean sanctuary shows.’

Global Eye Interview with Michael Scott: How It Works Magazine Issue 35

‘With the Olympics nearly here, we talk to one of the world’s foremost authorities on Ancient Greek culture about the way of life, the gods and Delphi’s famous oracle.’

More Questions than Answers: Ad Familiares 42

‘Delphi, Michael Scott suggests, is still as oracular as ever.’
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