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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Dr Stuart McKie

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Stuart McKie is a Teaching Fellow in Roman History. He studied at Leicester (BA, 2010) and Reading (MA, 2012) before completing his PhD at the Open University in 2017. He taught at the University of Manchester for two years before coming to Durham.

Research interests

Stuart's main research interests are Roman social history, particularly the religious practices of the western provinces in the imperial period. His current project, which is an expansion of his doctoral research, explores the social significance of cursing rituals in the Roman west

School talks and outreach

Stuart is happy to give school talks on any topic related to Roman religion. Possible subjects include religious changes under Augustus, the development of the imperial cult, and the form and function of Roman temples.

He can also give talks on Roman Britain, especially the cultural and religious changes that the Roman conquest brought about in the region.

Selected Publications

Edited book

Chapter in book

  • McKie, S. (2018). The Legs, Hands, Head and Arms Race: The Human Body as a Magical Weapon in the Roman World. In Material Approaches to Roman Magic: Occult Objects and Supernatural Substances. Parker, A. & McKie, S. Oxbow.
  • McKie, S. (2016). Distraught, Drained, Devoured, or Damned? The Importance of Individual Creativity in Roman Cursing. In TRAC 2015: Proceedings of the 25th Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference 2015. Mandich, M., Derrick, T., Gonzalez Sanchez, S., Savani, G. & Zampieri, E. Oxford: Oxbow. 15-27.

Journal Article

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