About Me

I have over twenty years’ experience working as an Associate Professor of Classics, Ancient History, and Archaeology in the United States and UK, and have taught at the following Universities.

  • Assistant and Associate Professor, Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies, University of Kent, UK, 2000-2020.

  • Visiting Professor, Department of History, Virginia Tech, Virginia, U.S.A, 2014.

  • Teaching Assistant, Departments of Classics, Archaeology, & Continuing Education, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK 1997-1998.

  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics, Florida State University, Florida, U.S.A. 1992-1994

 

My academic research and award winning teaching is focused on Greco-Roman health and gardens.

 

 

Education

Degrees

  • PhD, Department of Classics, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.

  • MA, Department of Archaeology, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

  • MA, Department of Classics, Florida State, Florida, U.S.A.

  • BA, Department of Anthropology with a History minor, Millersville University, PA, U.S.A. 

Academic Specialisms and Other Experience

My research focuses on the History and Archaeology of Greco-Roman medicine, landscapes, gardens, gender, cultural identity, and the senses. These topics are covered in my award-winning teaching and 30+ publications that include scholarly books, journal articles, papers in edited volumes, reviews, and blogs. I have led field trips and participated in archaeological excavations in the UK, Italy, Germany, and the United States. 

I have undertaken several outreach projects, including recreating a Roman Garden with the Trust for Thanet Archaeology and a demonstration on recreating Roman flower crowns with the Canterbury Flower Club. Both of these projects were generously supported by the Institute of Classical Studies, London, Public Engagement Fund.

Outside of academia, I worked as a florist when I was an undergraduate, and in 2018, I took an intensive floral design course at the Covent Garden Flower Academy, London.

Select Academic Publications

Baker, P. 2018. Identifying the Connection between Roman Conceptions of ‘Pure Air’ and Physical and Mental Health in Pompeian Gardens (c.150 BC–AD 79): a Multi-sensory Approach to Ancient Medicine.” World Archaeology 50 (3): 404-17.

Baker, P. 2018. “Tastes and Digestion: Archaeology and Medicine in Roman Italy.” In Taste and the Ancient Senses. The Senses in Antiquity Series, London: Routledge, 138-60.

Baker, P. 2017. “Viewing Health: Asclepia in their Natural Settings.” Religion in the Roman Empire 3 (2), 143-63.

Baker, P. 2013. The Archaeology of Medicine in the Greco-Roman World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Baker, P. 2011. “Collyrium Stamps: An Indicator of Regional Medical Practices in Roman Gaul.” European Journal of Archaeology 14 (1-2), 158-89.

Baker, P. 2004. Medical Care for the Roman Army on the Rhine, Danube and British Frontiers from the First through Third Centuries AD. British Archaeological Reports International Series 1286, Oxford: Hadrian Books.

A full list of publications can be found on my CV.

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