Michael Scott


  • Ersin Hussein University of Warwick
  • Ersin Hussein Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Warwick




Associate Professor Michael Scott is a researcher and lecturer based in the department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick. He is also President of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association. Prior to his appointment at Warwick, Michael was the Moses and Mary Finley Research Fellow in ancient history at Darwin College, as well as an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics, at Cambridge University.

Michael's research and teaching engages with interdisciplinary approaches to the literary, epigraphic and material evidence to investigate ancient Greek and Roman society, particularly focusing on Delphi and Olympia as religious spaces.

While Michael has contributed significantly to the field of classics and ancient history by publishing extensively, he has also enjoyed great success in engaging wider audiences with the ancient world. He regularly talks in schools around the country, writes books intended for the popular market as well as articles for national and international newspapers and magazines. Michael's experience in writing and presenting a range of programmes intended for TV and radio audiences has made him a household name. He has written and presented programmes for the National Geographic, History Channel, Nova, and the BBC including Delphi: bellybutton of the ancient world (BBC4); Guilty Pleasures: luxury in the ancient and medieval words (BBC4); Jesus: rise to power (Natural Geographic); 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). He has also presented a radio series for BBC Radio 4, Spin the Globe. Michael's most recent programme, Roman Britain from the Air, was aired on ITV in December 2014.

In this interview, I talk to him about his engagement with other disciplines within the humanities, his forthcoming book project, and his experiences writing and presenting TV and radio documentaries.


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Lloyd, G. E. R. (2006) Principles And Practices in Ancient Greek And Chinese Science, Aldershot: Ashgate.

- 2005. The Delusions of Invulnerability: Wisdom and Morality in Ancient Greece, China and Today, London: Duckworth.

- 2004. Ancient Worlds, Modern Reflections: Philosophical Perspectives on Greek and Chinese Science and Culture, Oxford: Clarendon Press.

Scheidel, W. ed. (2009) Rome and China: comparative perspectives on ancient world empires, Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press.

Scott, M. (2014) Delphi: A History of the Center of the Ancient World, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

- (2013) Space and Society in the Greek and Roman worlds, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

- (2010) Delphi and Olympia: the spatial politics of panhellenism in the archaic and classical periods, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

- (2009) From Democrats to Kings: The Downfall of Athens to the Epic Rise of Alexander the Great, London: Icon Press.

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