Professor

Michael Scott

Academic, Author and Broadcaster in History and Archaeology

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Aristophanic comedy and society

As part of the Warwick Ancient Drama Festival, on 25th January I will be giving a lect… Read More

Unknowability: How do we know what we cannot know?

I’ll be speaking at this conference, about what we can and cannot know about the an… Read More

Afkar-e-Taza ThinkFest, Karachi

I will be speaking at this festival in Karachi, sponsored by the Centre for Governan… Read More

Trip of a Lifetime: Acing Athens: Cara Aer Lingus Magazine

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Why China fell in love with ancient Greece: World History Magazine

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Cairo: Battleground of Empires: BBC History Magazine

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City with a past: why classical and modern Athens are at war: The Guardian

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Ancient Invisible Cities presenter Michael Scott on how new tech is bringing classics to life: iNews

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Filming Ancient Invisible Cities for BBC2

**DATES NOW CONFIRMED: Ancient Invisible Cities airs in the UK BBC2 Friday 7th Sept… Read More

British Museum History Hit with Peter Frankopan – 27th January 2018

History Hit presents: Understanding the ancient Silk Roads with Peter Frankopan. The region known throughout history as the Silk Road (or more correctly Roads) is obscure to many in the English-speaking world Yet this is where civilisation itself began

Lytham St Annes Classical Association Presidential Lecture – 11th January 2018

Annual Presidential Lecture: “Sicily – an island for everyone” Details to follow I will be speaking at the annual presidential lecture for the Lytham St Annes Classical Association in January 2018 For more information about the activities of the Lytham St Annes group

Festival of the Future City – 18th October 2017

What Can We Learn from Cities of the Past? Location: Watershed Time: 7:40pm - 9:00pm On the evening of the 18th of the October, I'll be taking part in the second Festival of the Future City which is being held on the 18th-20th October in Bristol

Heffers Classics Forum talk – 28th October 2017

I will be speaking at the Heffers Classics Forum, Cambridge – more details to follow. Time: TBC – full event 10am – 6pm Venue: Hicks Room, The University Centre, Granta Place, Cambridge, CB2 1RU

Classics for All Lecture – 12th December 2017

On 12th December I will be giving the 2nd annual Friends of Classics Memorial Lecture for Classics for All. Details to follow. For more information on the Classics for All organisation, please check out their website

Also Festival – 1st July 2017

"Daring you to see the true realities of ancient Greece" When: Saturday 1st July - Main talk 12-1pm, discussion with Natalie Haynes to follow at 1-2pm. Where: Park Farm, Compton Verney, Warwickshire This year I'll be appearing at the Also festival to give a talk

Cambridge Classical Association Talk – 16th June 2017

"Ancient Worlds: Linking East and West" Venue: Room 1.02, Classics Faculty, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge Time: 6pm - 7 pm Drinks in the Cast Gallery 7pm- 8pm Lecture in Room 1.02 At a meeting of the Cambridge Classical Assocation, I'll be talking about themes from my latest publication

The meaning and impact of luxuries across the ancient world 100 BCE-300CE

This project is funded by a Leverhulme Research Fellowship

Global History is a popu… Read More

History Masterclass with Michael Scott: Gritty Realities of Ancient Greece – 6th May 2017

History Masterclass with Michael Scott: Gritty Realities of Ancient Greece Date & Time: 6th May 2017, Doors open 10:30, event 11am-1pm Location: 19 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3HH Michael has collaborated with the team at History Masterclass

Oxford Literary Festival – 27th March 2017

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West Venue: Weston Lecture Theatre Time: 12 - 1pm At the Oxford Literary Festival, I'll be talking about themes from my latest publication, 'Ancient Worlds'. The book is out now in both hardback and paperback

Waterstones Hampstead – 2nd March 2017

An Evening with Dr Michael Scott, at Waterstones' London Hampstead store Time: 7pm Location: Waterstones, Hampstead - 68-69 Hampstead High St, London NW3 1QP I will be talking about my book, "Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West"

This is Greece with Michael Scott

'This is Greece with Michael Scott' aired on SBS for Australia in Winter 2016. This series of programmes takes viewers across mainland Greece and the Aegean islands to explore its fascinating history from antiquity to today.

University of Glasgow Humanities Lecture Series – 13th January 2017

Ancient Worlds Linking East and West Time: 5pm Location: Kevinhall Lecture Theatre I will be speaking as part of the Humanities Lecture Series in Glasgow this January, discussing themes from my latest publication

M. I. Finley: An Ancient Historian and his Impact

"M. I. Finley: An Ancient Historian and his Impact." Cambridge Classical Studies, October 2016.

Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean

This two-part series examined the history of Sicily as a cultural melting pot from the Neolithic period to the modern day and ask what it means to be Sicilian. From treading grapes in an ancient wine press, scrambling across a 20ft Lava wall on mount Etna, reciting Shakespeare in an ancient Greek theatre, excavating child bones from a possible human sacrifice, salt mining old-fashioned style, having a cut throat shave from an 80 year local barber, trying my hand at Sicilian martial art of stick-fighting, making puppets and chocolate and exploring the underground Arab aqueducts of Palermo, we travel across the length and breadth of this extraordinary island.

Lytham St Annes Classical Association Presidential Lecture – 5th January 2017

Annual Presidential Lecture: “More Invisible Cities” Time: 7pm Doors open at 6.15pm Location: AKS Main Hall, Clifton Drive South, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1DT I will be speaking again on 5th January for the Lytham St Annes Classical Association to give my annual presidential lecture

Annual John Percival Postgate Lecture at Liverpool University – 6th December 2016

Annual JP Postgate Lecture Guest Speaker Location: Department of Archaeology, Classics and Egytology, Liverpool University Time: tba I will be giving the annual John Percival Postgate Lecture at Liverpool University this December

BBC History Weekend at Winchester – 7th October 2016

"Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West" Time: 9-10pm On the 7th October I will be giving a talk at BBC History Magazine's Festival at Winchester discussing my most recent publication, "Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West"

Italy’s Invisible Cities


Italy’s Invisible Cities Aired on BBC One in January 2017:

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Heffers Bookshop Talk – 6th October 2016

"Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West" Location: Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, 20 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1TY Time: 18:30 to 20:00 On the 6th of October I will be giving a talk and holding a book signing for my latest publication

Intelligence Squared Talk with Bettany Hughes – 5th July 2016

A conversation with Bettany Hughes about my new publication "Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West" Location: Royal Institution of Great Britain On the 5th July, I was part of an event with Bettany Hughes about my new book Ancient Worlds at an event organized by Intelligence Squared

Edinburgh International Book Festival – 17th August 2016

"Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West" Location: tba Time: 12.15 On the 17th of August I will be giving a talk and book signing at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, discussing my newest publication, "Ancient Worlds"

Chalke Valley History Festival – 1st July 2016

"Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West" Location: Historical Trips Tent Time: 20.45 On the 1st of the July I gave a talk and book signing at the Chalke Valley History festival, discussing my newest publication, "Ancient Worlds"

Friends of the Ashmolean Guest Lecture – 8th June 2016

Annual Guest lecture for Friends of the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Location: Ashmolean, Oxford Time: TBA On the 8th of June I will be giving the Annual Guest lecture for the Friends of the Ashmolean in Oxford

British Museum talk – 24th June 2016

Sicily: a force to be reckoned with in the ancient world' Location: BP Lecture Theatre, British Museum Time: 18.30-19.30 The cities and rulers of ancient Sicily were well known for often building big at home, but how did they articulate their presence and importance abroad?

Blackwell’s Oxford and Voyages to Antiquity Talk – 4th February 2016

A talk, book signing & wine reception for 'Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World' Location: Blackwell's Bookshop, Broad Street, Oxford Time: 7pm-8pm On the 4th of February I will be giving a talk about my newest publication, 'Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World'

History of Sound

I was interviewed by Julian Treasure for his new pod-cast series on the History of So… Read More

Cognitive Approaches to Ancient Religious Experience

I am working with Dr Esther Eidinow (Nottingham) and Dr Armin Geertz (Aarhus) as par… Read More

Lytham St Annes Classical Association Presidential Lecture – 7th January 2016

“Taking a Global Perspective on Ancient History” Time: 7 pm Location: AKS Independent School Main Entrance (Clifton Drive South, Lytham St Annes, FY8 1DT) We live in a global and connected world. But that is not how we study history. Instead, we look at events situated in

Rome’s Invisible City

In this documentary for BBC1 (and BBC Worldwide), I teamed up with ‘Pointless’ and ‘Have I Got News For You’ host Xander Armstrong to investigate the invisible world of underground Rome.

The Quizeum

Dr Michael Scott participates as a contestant in this new quiz series hosted by Griff Rhys Jones, set in museums across the country. The Quizeum highlights the amazing artefacts in our country’s museums, while putting the experts to the test.

East Oxford Community Classics Centre Talk – 18th January 2016

For full details & timings, please visit the EOCCC website. All ages are most welcome to attend - there will be activities and events suitable for every age range. The festival itself does not require booking (unless you are a large group) but author talks do need to be booked, and can be done so by
Spin the Globe – BBC Radio 4

Spin the Globe 2014 – BBC Radio Four

My Radio series Spin the Globe with BBC Radio 4 returned for its second year. Airing f… Read More

Roman Britain From the Air

This programme for ITV sees Michael team up with Christine Bleakley and a host of expert archaeologists and ancient historians to investigate three intriguing parts of Roman Britain.

The Oxford History of the Archaic World

I am currently working on a chapter for the Oxford History of the Archaic World, prin… Read More

Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West

“Ancient Worlds: An Epic History of East and West.” Hutchinson, 2016.

Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World

“Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World.” Princeton University Press, 2014.

Spin the Globe 2013 – BBC Radio Four

I presented a series for BBC Radio Four entitled ‘Spin the Globe’ whic… Read More

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.

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.

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.
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