A bit more about us…
Professor John Prag
Primarily a Classical archaeologist, John is interested in cross-disciplinary research, particularly in pottery analysis and facial reconstruction. He recently co-ordinated the Alderley Edge Landscape Project for Manchester Museum and the National Trust, and is finally working again on the iconographic and literary traditions of the Oresteia. Keeper of Archaeology, Manchester Museum 1969-2004, Prof. of Archaeological Studies 2004, since 2005 Hon. Prof. of Archaeological Studies, Manchester Museum and Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of Manchester.
Dr April Pudsey
April is a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History at Manchester Metropolitan University. She’s been working in universities across the UK for the last 11 years since she completed her PhD in Manchester. April is a keen advocate of opening up the Classical world beyond the walls of our universities, so that more of us can engage with questions about both ancient and modern life. You can read about April’s academic research and teaching here and follow her on Twitter @AprilPudsey.
Kat is in the third year of a PhD at the University of Manchester, researching transformations and shapeshifters in Greek myth. When she’s not battling through this she manages the website and communications for the CA, and runs the Athena’s Owls project with Matt, so she can usually be found designing new templates or drawings for the workshops. You can find Kat on Twitter: @katmawford.
Jim is a retired academic having worked at Salford, MMU and Manchester universities in geography, environmental science and e-learning. He is married to a former Manchester CA chair. In his spare time he researches philosophical aspects of science and climate change and follows interests in the classical world and history.
Matt is chief storyteller for Athena’s Owls but when he’s not putting on ridiculous voices he’s working on a PhD in Classics and Ancient History focusing on women’s interactions with legal authorities in the Roman Empire. Matt is also involved with the Manchester Classics for All scheme which aims to help teachers introduce Latin and Classics into state schools. You can find Matt on Twitter at @Matt_Mcr_CfA.
Julene Abad Del Vecchio
Julene is a final year PhD student at the University of Manchester, writing up her thesis on the Achilleid of Publius Papinius Statius, a poem of the 1st century AD that deals with Achilles, the greatest of the Greek heroes at Troy, in love and in drag! She is analysing it from a tragic/epic perspective, to see how a darker side dangerously lurks beneath its playfulness and light-heartedness. You can follow her on Twitter at @Jules_adv.