Public Lecture by Dr Michael Scott: “What’s in a Wall?” – Rethinking Greek Sanctuaries


The ancient historian Dr Michael Scott from the University of Warwick is well known for his TV documentaries on BBC and ITV, like “Rome’s Invisible City”, “Jesus: Rise to Power” and “Ancient Greece: the Greatest Show on Earth”. On Thursday, 12th November 2015, he will give a public lecture on Greek sanctuaries in the historic ‘Old Hall’ at UWTSD’s Lampeter campus in West Wales.
All welcome.

Dr Michael Scott is Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at University of Warwick. He believes passionately in making the ancient world as accessible as possible to a wider audience. He regularly talks in schools around the country, writes books intended for the popular market, takes part in radio programmes, and has written and presented several TV series about the ancient world for History Channel, National Geographic, BBC and ITV, such as “Delphi: Bellybutton of the Ancient World” (BBC4); “Guilty Pleasures: Luxury in the Ancient and Medieval Words” (BBC4); “Jesus: Rise to Power” (Nat Geo); “Ancient Discoveries” (History Channel); “Who were the Greeks?” (BBC2); “The Mystery of the X Tombs” (BBC2/Nova); “Ancient Greece: the Greatest Show on Earth” (BBC4, in conjunction with the Open University) and “Roman Britain from the Air” (ITV).

Michael Scott studied at Cambridge. For his BA in Classics at Christ’s College in 2003 he was awarded, among others, the Wace Medal for Outstanding performance in Art and Archaeology and the Sir Ian McFarlane Scholarship for Excellence. Having completed his M.Phil., he worked on the spatial politics of a Greek sanctuary for his PhD thesis.

Among his many publications, he published books on “Delphi: Centre of the Ancient World” (Princeton 2014), “Space and society in the Greek and Roman worlds” (Cambridge 2012), and “Delphi and Olympia: the spatial politics of Panhellenism in the archaic and classical period” (Cambridge 2010). Michael Scott is currently involved in a number of research projects, such as a project on the History of Sound, and an AHRC Research project on cognitive approaches to ancient ritual practice.

For more information, please refer to Michael Scott’s personal website:

The Lampeter campus holds lectures throughout the year across various humanities subjects.