Dr Matthew Cobb BA, MA, PhD

Lecturer in Classics


Tel: +44 (0) 1570 424806
E-mail: m.cobb@uwtsd.ac.uk

Matthew Cobb

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I am an early career researcher and lecturer with interests in interdisciplinary (historical, literary and archaeological) approaches to the study of cultural and economic relationships between the Greco-Roman Mediterranean and the Indian subcontinent. 

I fairly recently completed my PhD at Swansea University and am currently in the process of converting it into several articles to appear in international journals, including a number that are either already in print or currently in the process of doing so. I have recently become a lecturer at Trinity Saint David, and am currently engaged in collaborative projects with members of the department, including the Sacred Ways project.   

My teaching encompasses a number of campus based and distance learning modules at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. This includes utilising a range of diverse material, themes and periods relating to the historical, literary, archaeological and social aspects of Ancient History and Classics. The modules taught on include the following:

  • Athens and Rome: Life and Culture in Classical Antiquity
  • From Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History
  • Infamous and Damned? The Emperor Nero and the Julio-Claudian Dynasty
  • Classics Project
  • Intermediate Greek
  • Regional Archaeology and Fieldtrip module
  • West meets East: At the Borders of the Oikoumene
  • The City of Rome: People, Power and Politics
  • What Makes a Civilisation?
  • Text and Society
  • Life in the Eastern Desert of Egypt (MA module)
  • Julius Caesar and his Times (MA module)
  • Theory and Methodology for the Study of Classics (MA module)

My research examines the cultural and economic interaction between the Mediterranean and Indian spheres. In particular I am interested in the Indian Ocean as a conduit for trade and exchange between West and East, focusing on the Augustan period up to the third century AD.

This research encompasses a number of areas including economic issues relating to the cost, conduct, and operations of the trade; cultural and social issues concerning the identity and status of the merchants and the creation of diaspora and temporary merchant communities in foreign lands; as well as examining the social and economic impact of this trade on the elite at Rome, particularly the consumption of eastern goods.

I have been involved in outreach initiatives designed to facilitate access to classics and ancient history in the wider community. These activities include participating in the South West Wales Reaching Wider Partnership programmes which is designed to get local school children interested in HE, as well as the Swansea  University / South West Wales Classical Association / Iris Project ‘Latin in the Park’ project.

Cobb, M. A. 2016 'The Decline of Ptolemaic Elephant Hunting: An Analysis of the Contributory Factors' Greece & Rome - forthcoming.

Cobb, M. A. 2015 ‘The Chronology of Roman Trade in the Indian Ocean from Augustus to Early Third Century AD’, Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 58 (3): 362-418.

Cobb, M. A. 2015: ‘Balancing the Trade: Roman Cargo Shipments to India’, Oxford Journal of Archaeology 34 (2): 185-203.

Cobb, M. A. 2014: ‘The Exchange of Goods from Italy to India during the Early Roman Empire: The Range of Travelling Times’, Ancient West & East 13: 89-116.

Cobb, M. A. 2013: ‘The Reception and Consumption of Eastern Goods in Roman Society’, Greece & Rome 60 (1): 136-52.