Associate Professor Ralph Häussler MA, PhD (Lond.)

Senior Lecturer in Roman History and Archaeology


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Ralph Haeusler

  • Senior Lecturer in Roman history and archaeology
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
  • Teaching undergraduates and postgraduates in Ancient History, Classics, Classical Civilisation, Celtic Studies, and in our faculty-wide multidisciplinary MA Ancient Religions.
  • PhD Supervision
  • Unfair Practise officer of the Faculty of Humanities and Performing Arts
  • Organisation of the lectures of the Lampeter and West Wales Branch of the Classical Association
  • Organisation of the Sacred Ways Project of the University


  • 2012 - Habilitation in Ancient History, University of Osnabrück, Germany
  • 1997 - Doctor of Philosophy in Ancient History & Archaeology, University College London (supervisors: Michael H. Crawford and Sue Hamilton)
  • 1992 - Master of Arts in Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology, University College London
  • 1991 - BA Equivalent in Ancient History, Roman Archaeology and Classical Archaeology at the Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main

Previous employments (selection)

  • Lecturer in Ancient History at Osnabrück University, Germany (2004-2013)
  • Research Assistant at Oxford University (1998-2000)
  • Visiting Lecturer at St Mary's University College (University of Surrey (1998/9)

I am a member of various scholarly societies and associations:

  • CBA - Council for British Archaeology
  • BES - British Epigraphy Society
  • SPRS - Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • AIEGL - Association d'internationale d'épigraphie grecque et latine
  • EAA - European Association of Archaeologists
  • ACCORDIA - Research Institute on ancient Italy
  • Altertumsverein Worms, Germany

I am a senior lecturer for Roman history and archaeology. My approach to teaching is based on my academic research.  Currently I am teaching a wide range of modules at UWTSD, covering all aspects of Roman history, Celtic civilisations, Roman epigraphy, Latin language, Roman Britain and Ancient Religions.

My major research interests include:

  • Identity, ethnicity and ethnogenesis in the Roman empire, studying the Impact of Roman imperialism on local/native societies
  • Socio-cultural change between Iron Age and Principate
  • Religions in the Roman empire: research on aspects of religious change, translatability, individualisation, sacred landscapes, especially in North Italy, Southern and Eastern Gaul and in Britain 
  • Agency and Individualisation
  • Diversity of flaminicae and archiereiai in the Roman empire

Publications (Selection!)

Monographs & conference proceedings

2017. R. Haeussler and A. C. King (eds), Celtic religions in the Roman period: personal, local, global. Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications (vol. XX).

2013.  Becoming Roman? Diverging Identities and Experiences in Ancient Northwest Italy (University College London Institute of Archaeology Publications) Left Coast Press Inc., California. ().

2012. G.F. Chiai, R. Haeussler and C. Kunst (edd.), Interpretatio. Religiöse Kommuni­kation zwischen Globalisierung und Partikularisierung (proceedings of the conference at Osnabrück University, 9th-11th september 2010). Roma: Mediterraneo Antico.

2008. R. Haeussler (ed.), Romanisation et épigraphie. Études interdisciplinaires sur l’acculturation et l’iden­tité dans l’Empire romain, Montagnac (Éditions Monique Mergoil, Archéologie et His­toire Romaine, 17). (cf.

2007-2008. R. Haeussler and A.C. King (eds)  Continuity and Innovation in Religion in the Roman West, 2 volumes. Portsmouth, Rhode Island (JRA supplement volume, no. 67.1).

Articles in international peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings

2017. "Galli", in The People of Ancient Italy, ed. by G. Farney and G. Bradley. Berlin: DeGruyter, pp. 719-754.

2017. (together with A. C. King): "Crefyddau Celtaid yn y cyfnod Rhufeinig: personol, lleol a byd-eang. — Celtic religion in the Roman period: personal, local, and global" in Celtic religions in the Roman period, ed. by R. Haeussler and A.C. King. Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, pp. 1-36.

2017. "The importance of location: religious inscriptions from archaeological contexts", in Celtic religions in the Roman period, ed. by R. Haeussler and A.C. King. Aberystwyth: Celtic Studies Publications, pp. 339-62.

2015. “A landscape of resistance? Cults and sacred landscapes in Western Cisalpine Gaul”, in: Trans Padum … Vsque Ad Alpes. Roma tra il Po e le Alpi: dalla romanizzazione alla romanità. Atti del convegno Venezia 13-15 maggio 2014 (Studi e ricerche sulla Gallia Cisalpine, 26), ed. by Giovannella Cresci Marrone. Roma: Edizione Quasar, pp. 261-286.

2014. “Differences in the epigraphic habit in the rural landscapes of Gallia Narbonensis”, in Öffentlichkeit – Monument – Text. XIV Congressus Internationalis Epigraphiae Graeca et Latinae, 27.-31. Augusti MMXII. Akten (Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum, Auctarium, series nova, XIV), ed. by Werner Eck and Peter Funke. Berlin: De Gruyter, pp. 323-345.

2014. “Manipulating the Past. Re-thinking Greco-Roman accounts on ‘Celtic’ religion”, in Fraude, Mentira y Engaños en el Mundo Antiguo, ed. by Franciso Marco Simón, Francisco Pina Polo and José Remesal Rodríguez. Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona (Colleccio Instrumenta, vol. 45), pp. 35-54.

2013. “Religion and individualisation in Southern Gaul”, in: W. Spickermann (ed.), Keltische Götternamen als individuelle Option? Celtic Theonyms as Individual Option? Akten des 11. internationalen Workshops „Fontes Epigraphici Religionum Celticarum Antiquarum“ vom 19.-21. Mai 2011 an der Universität Erfurt. Osnabrück (Osnabrücker Reihe zu Altertum und Antike Rezeption, vo. 19), pp. 185-211.

2012. “Interpretatio indigena. Re-inventing local cults in a global world”, Mediterraneo Antico 15 (1-2), 143-174.

2012. “Hero Cults in Britain and Gaul between Iron Age and Principate”, in: P. Anreiter, E. Bánffy, L. Bartosiewicz, W. Meid and C. Metzner-Nebelsick (edd.),Archaeological, Cultural and Linguistic Heritage. Festschrift for Erzsébet Jerem in Honour of her 70th Birthday, Budapest: Archaeo­lingua, pp. 249-264.

2011. “Grassroot democracy: das athenische Experiment”, Potestas 4, 2011, 21-53.

2011. “Beyond ‘polis religion’ and sacerdotes publici in Southern Gaul”, in: Federico Santangelo et James Richardson (edd.), Priests and State in the Roman World. Stuttgart: Steiner (Potsdamer Altertums­wissen­schaft­liche Beiträge, 33), S. 391-428.

2010. “From tomb to temple. On the role of hero cults in local religions in Gaul and Britain in Iron Age and Roman period”, in: J. Arenas Esteban (ed.), Celtic Religion across Space and Time. Molina de Aragón, Toledo, pp. 201-226.

Some of the forthcoming publications:


G.F. Chiai and R. Haeussler (eds), Sacred Landscapes: Creation, Transformation, Manipulation. Proceedings of a conference in Lampeter: cf.

R. Haeussler, Transformation of the sacred land­scape in Gallia Narbonensis. (to be published 2019).

R. Haeussler, Corpus-F.E.R.C.AN. (Fontes Epigraphici Religionis Celticae Antiquae), fascicule Gallia Narbonensis. Wien/Vienna: published by the ÖAW, The Austrian Academy of Science. 2 vols. of c. 800 pages each

and many more...