Michael Scott

Academic, Author and Broadcaster in History and Archaeology

Month: February 2013

Who Were the Greeks?

This new two-part series for BBC TWO focuses on the realities of life in the ancient Greek world, its legacies, and its continued importance for our own world today. Who were the Greeks: Episode 1 ‘Life’ and Episode 2 ‘Legacy’ aired in June and July 2013 on BBC2.


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.

Death on Ancient Greco-Roman Grave Stele

I am currently writing a journal article, which focuses on three very unusual grave stele (funerary markers) from the Aegean. On these grave stele, the very moment of death (by drowning) is represented. The goal of the article is to understand why someone might have chosen this kind of image, and how such iconography links into the ancient understanding of sea-faring and travel.

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.

Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth

This series examines the extraordinary career of Athens in the ancient world from the 6th century BC to the 2nd century AD through the prism of one of its most important and culturally crucial spaces: the theatre.

Jesus: Rise to Power

Written and Presented for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CHANNEL worldwide, Jesus: Rise to Power follows the story of the early years of the development of Christianity within the Roman empire and asks how in such a short space of time, Christianity moved from a persecuted movement to official religion of the Roman Empire

Guilty Pleasures: Luxury in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

I wrote and presented a two-part series for BBC FOUR entitled Guilty Pleasures: Luxury in the Ancient Greek and Medieval worlds, which aired in June and July 2011 as part of BBC FOUR’s Luxury Season.

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.
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