Dr Edmund Thomas
|Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History|
|Member of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture|
|Associate Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Study|
|Departmental Rep (Classics) of the Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies|
Edmund Thomas is Associate Professor in Ancient Visual and Material Culture. His main research interests are Roman architecture and its relation to Roman society and culture and the reception of ancient architectural traditions in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
His book Monumentality and the Roman Empire: Architecture in the Antonine Age (Oxford University Press) appeared in 2007. He has written articles on the Pantheon and Septizodium in Rome, on Severan architecture and on Roman epigraphy, Roman sarcophagi and architectural aesthetics, and has jointly authored a work on the historical topography of Winchester from the late Iron Age to 1800 for the Historic Towns Atlas series, which was published by OUP in 2017.
He co-edited volumes of papers on the materiality of inscribed texts in Greek and Roman antiquity with Andrej and Ivana Petrovic and on interactions between animals and humans in classical antiquity with Thorsten Foegen.
He is interested in the intersection between architecture and philosophy and is now co-editing a volume on the legacy of Plato's Timaeus between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance with Jacomien Prins.
Dr Thomas is on research leave for the academic year 2022-23, to complete a monograph on the tectonics of the keystone within the classical tradition, entitled Keystones: dialogues between architecture, philosophy, and politics.
He is also presently completing a study of the spirally fluted column in antiquity, sponsored by the British Academy and the Council for British Research in the Levant, and is preparing another book, Words on Buildings: relations between architecture and text since antiquity.
Recent published work includes an analysis of movement in Jean de la Roque's description of Baalbek; and a survey of seasonality in imperial Roman architecture. He is also preparing a study of palace descriptions in first- and second-century Latin literature and their relation to "Baroque" architecture, and a consideration of the reception of the Elder Piny's account of Gaius Curio's revolving theatres in the architecture of Bernini.
He has spent lengthy periods of research in Rome and has been involved in archaeological excavations at Butrint in Albania. He is also a qualified archivist and has a special interest in the description and management of architectural drawings.
- Roman Architecture
- Ancient Aesthetics
- Roman Epigraphy
- Roman Sarcophagi
- Light in Architecture
- Spirally fluted columns
- Biddle, M., Clayre, B., Keene, D., Morris, F., & Thomas, E. (2017). Historic Towns Atlas: Winchester. The Historic Towns Trust and the Winchester Excavations Committee
- Thomas, E. (2007). Monumentality and the Roman Empire: Architecture in the Antonine Age. Oxford University Press
Chapter in book
- Thomas, E. (in press). The Theatres of Gaius Curio and the Evolution of the Baroque. In P. Fane-Saunders (Ed.), Architecture and Text. Cambridge Universuty Press
- Thomas, E. (in press). Movement through Ruins: Re-experiencing Ancient Baalbek with Jean de la Roque. In K. Skelton (Ed.), Early modern spaces in motion : design, experience and rhetoric (163-188). Amsterdam University Press. https://doi.org/10.5117/9789463725811_ch06
- Thomas, E. (2017). Performance Space. In W. A. Johnson, & D. S. Richter (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of the Second Sophistic (181-201). Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199837472.013.15
- Thomas, E. (2017). Urban Geographies of Human-Animal Relations in Classical Antiquity. In T. Foegen, & E. Thomas (Eds.), Interactions between animals and humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (339-368). De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110545623-014
- Foegen, T., & Thomas, E. (2017). Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity: Introduction. In T. Foegen, & E. Thomas (Eds.), Interactions between animals and humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (1-18). De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110545623-001
- Thomas, E. (2015). Roman Architecture as Art?. In B. Borg (Ed.), A Companion to Roman Art (344-364). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118886205.ch18
- Thomas, E. (2015). The beauties of architecture. In P. Destrée, & P. Murray (Eds.), A companion to ancient aesthetics (274-290). Wiley. https://doi.org/10.1002/9781119009795.ch18
- Thomas, E. (2014). On the Sublime in architecture. In J. Elsner, & M. Meyer (Eds.), Art and rhetoric in Roman culture (37-88). Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/cbo9780511732317.004
- Thomas, E. (2013). The Severan Period. In R. Ulrich, & C. Quenemoen (Eds.), A companion to Roman architecture (82-105). Wiley
- Thomas, E. (2013). Translating Roman architecture into Greek regional identities. In P. Schubert (Ed.), Les Grecs héritiers des Romains : huit exposés suivis de discussions : Vandoeuvres - Genève, 27-31 août 2012 (147-202). Fondation Hardt
- Thomas, E. (2013). Introduction: Religious Architecture in the Roman Empire, East and West. In T. Kaizer, A. Leone, E. Thomas, & R. Witcher (Eds.), Cities and gods : religious space in transition (7-8). Peeters Publishers
- Thomas, E. (2011). ‘Houses of the dead’? Columnar sarcophagi as ‘micro-architecture’. In J. Elsner, & J. Huskinson (Eds.), Life, death and representation : some new work on Roman sarcophagi (387-435). De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110216783.387
- Thomas, E. (2010). Atrium', 'Palace', 'Portico', 'Forum. In A. Grafton, G. Most, & S. Settis (Eds.), The Harvard Companion to the Classical Tradition. Harvard University Press
- Thomas, E. (2010). Architecture. In A. Barchiesi, & W. Scheidel (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies (838-858). Oxford University Press
- Thomas, E. (2007). Metaphor and identity in Severan architecture: the Septizodium between reality and fantasy. In S. Swain, S. Harrison, & J. Elsner (Eds.), Severan culture (327-367). Cambridge University Press
- Thomas, E. (2004). From the Pantheon of the Gods to the Pantheon of Rome. In R. Wrigley, & M. Craske (Eds.), Pantheons : transformations of a monumental idea (11-34). Ashgate Publishing
- Thomas, E. (1998). AB URBE CONDITA TRI[...]: A new commemoration of the imperial tribunician powers from the imperial vicus (Castelporziano). In M. G. Lauro (Ed.), Castelporziano III: Campagne di scavo e restauro 1987-1991 (137-149). Viella
- (2013). Cities and Gods: Religious Space in Transition. In T. Kaizer, A. Leone, E. Thomas, & R. Witcher (Eds.), Cities and gods : religious space in transition (1-4)
- Thomas, E. (1994). The monumentality of the basilica stoa at Thera and Antoninus Pius. In X. D. I. Raventós (Ed.),
- Philosophy, Science and Art. Brill Academic Publishers
- Petrovic, A., Petrovic, I., & Thomas, E. (Eds.). (2019). The Materiality of Text - Placement, Perception, and Presence of Inscribed Texts in Classical Antiquity. Brill Academic Publishers
- Foegen, T., & Thomas, E. (Eds.). (2017). Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity. De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110545623
- Thomas, E. (2017). The Cult Statues of the Pantheon. The Journal of Roman Studies, 107, 146-212. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0075435817000314
- Thomas, E. (2013). Chiasmus in Art and Text. Greece and Rome, 60(01), 50-88. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0017383512000265
- Thomas, E. (2012). Water and the display of power in Augustan Rome: the so-called 'Villa Claudia' at Anguillara Sabazia. Water History, 4(1), 57-78. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12685-012-0055-x
- Thomas, E. (2012). "Nero's Tomb" and the Crisis of the Third Century: Roman Sarcophagi as Public and Private Monuments. Res (Cambridge, Mass.), 61/62 : Spring/Autumn 2012(Sarcophagi), 132-151. https://doi.org/10.1086/resvn1ms23647825
- Thomas, E. (1997). The architectural history of the Pantheon in Rome from Agrippa to Septimius Severus via Hadrian
- Thomas, E., & Witschel, C. (1992). Constructing reconstruction: claim and reality of Roman rebuilding inscriptions in the Latin West. Papers of the British School at Rome, 60(1992), 135-177
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