Dr Penelope Goodman

Dr Penelope Goodman


I completed my first degree in Ancient History at the University of Bristol (1994-7), before moving to Christ Church, Oxford for my M.St. and D.Phil. (1997-2001). After finishing my post-graduate studies, I taught at the universities of Oxford, Warwick and Reading and Queen's University Belfast. I joined the department at Leeds in September 2006.


  • Director of Impact for LCS

Research interests

There are two main strands to my research. One is concerned with the relationship between the spatial organisation of Roman settlements and the needs and priorities of the communities which built them. This interest sprang from my D.Phil. thesis, which looked at the use of space on the edges of Roman cities, and is now available as a Routledge monograph entitled The Roman City and its Periphery: from Rome to Gaul. Since publishing this monograph I have continued to work on the organisation of built environments in the Roman world, including papers on the spatial distribution of temples and workshops and on the definition and significance of urban boundaries.

My other research area is the reception of the emperor Augustus from his death up to the present day. This project relates in particular to the bimillennium of Augustus' death on 19 August 2014, which I realised represented two thousand years of Augustus himself being gone, and other people using, appropriating and reinventing his image to serve their own needs and interests. I held a major international conference over the date of the bimillennium in Leeds, and a selection of papers from this have now been developed into the edited volume, Afterlives of Augustus: AD 14 - 2014 (Cambridge University Press). I am now working on a monograph examining the events and activities held to mark the bimillennia of his birth in 1938 and death in 2014, which between them represent the two largest-scale and most diverse forms of engagement with Augustus of the last century. Further details of my work on Augustus can be found on the Commemorating Augustus website.

I also write an occasional blog on comparisons and contrasts between the ancient world and our own entitled Penelope's Weavings and Unpickings.



  • 2020: ‘In omnibus regionibus? The fourteen regions and the city of Rome’, in Papers of the British School at Rome 88: 1-32.
  • 2018: 'Defining the city: the boundaries of Rome', in C. Holleran and A. Claridge, eds., A Companion to the City of Rome (Oxford: Blackwell): 71-91.
  • 2018: 'Twelve Augusti' in The Journal of Roman Studies 108: 156-70.
  • 2018: Afterlives of Augustus: AD 14 - 2014 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
  • 2017: ‘Bridging the gap: teaching and studying Ancient History and Classical Civilisation from school to university’, in Journal of Classics Teaching 18: 48-53. (Available online)
  • 2016: With M. Lindner: ‘Schurke und Idealherrscher – Augustus und das Kaiserbild des Antikfilms’ in E. Baltrusch et al., ed. Der Erste. Augustus und der Beginn einer neuen Epoche (Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft): 147-57.
  • 2016: 'Working together: clusters of artisans in the Roman city' in A. Wilson and M. Flohr, eds. Urban Craftsmen and Traders in the Roman World (Oxford: OUP): 301-333.
  • 2016: ‘The urban peripheries’ in A. Cooley, ed. A Companion to Roman Italy (Oxford: Blackwell): 308-329.
  • 2013: With S. Green, Animating Antiquity: Harryhausen and the Classical tradition (Open University). (Available online)
  • 2013: 'The production centres: settlement hierarchies and spatial distribution' in M. Fulford and E. Durham, eds. Seeing Red: new economic and social perspectives on terra sigillata (London: Institute of Classical Studies): 121-136.
  • 2013: 'Temple architecture and urban boundaries in Gaul and Britain: two worlds or one?', in T. Kaizer, A. Leone, E. Thomas and R. Witcher (eds.), Cities and Gods (Leiden: Stichting Babesch): 81-96.
  • 2012: '‘I am master of nothing’: Imperium: Augustus and the story of Augustus on screen' in New Voices in Classical Reception Studies 7: 13-24. (Available online)
  • 2011: 'Temples in late antique Gaul' in L. Lavan and M. Mulryan, eds. The Archaeology of Late Antique Paganism (Leiden: Brill): 165-193.
  • 2007: The Roman City and its Periphery: from Rome to Gaul (London: Routledge).
  • 2002: 'The provincial sanctuaries of the imperial cult at Lyon and Narbonne: examples of urban exclusion or social inclusion?', in Proceedings of the Symposium On Mediterranean Archaeology 2001, Liverpool (Oxford: BAR Int. Series 1040): 91-104.
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Student education

I welcome applications from prospective PhD candidates interested in all aspects of Roman history; particularly Roman urbanism and Roman politics.

I am currently supervising the following PhD projects:

I have also supervised the following completed PhD projects:

  • Mapping the Inhabited Urban Built Environment: The socio-spatial significance of the material presence of boundaries through time
  • The Roman Eagle: A symbol and its evolution
  • The Durius Valley: Local Identity, Culture Change, and Landscape Relationships in Roman Spain and Portugal

Research groups and institutes

  • History
  • Classics
  • Cities and Space

Current postgraduate researchers

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