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Department of Classics and Ancient History


Dr Mark Woolmer

Teaching Associate (Part-time) in the Department of Classics and Ancient History
Assistant Principal of Collingwood College

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Mark Woolmer is a Teaching Associate in Ancient History and Assistant Senior Tutor at Collingwood College. His main research interest is the social and political history of the Levant in the first millennium BC. He is the author of Ancient Phoenicia: An Introduction (Bristol Classical Press 2011) and was written articles on various aspects of the religion and history of Ancient Canaan and Phoenicia. He is currently in the early stages of a research project that seeks to explore information as a commodity in the ancient Near East. Taking as its focus the relationships between the cities of Canaan and the ‘Great Powers’ of Egypt, Assyria, and Babylon, the project examines the creation of hierarchical arrangements as a method for facilitating the exchange of information, comparing the value of this technique with other means of intelligence gathering. He is also working on two co-edited volumes: Beyond Self-Sufficiency: Households, City-States, and Markets in the Ancient Greek World and Ancient Carthage: Models of Cultural Contract. He has widely travelled through the Middle East.

Research Interests

  • Ancient Phoenicia
  • Maritime history and archaeology
  • The ancient economy
  • The social and political history of the Ancient Near East