Jasmine Rendell



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Classics and Ancient History
Department: Classics and Ancient History

I completed my BA in Ancient World Studies at UCL in 2004 and subsequently completed a PGCE in Classics at the University of Cambridge in 2005. I then spent 15 years teaching classical subjects in schools around the world, returning to academia in 2017 when I gained my MA in Classics and Ancient History from Exeter. I am now a PhD candidate in the same subject. My research focuses on both mythical and rational explanations for volcanic activty in the Greco-Roman world. More specifically, I am interested in how these two approaches intergrate with one another and seek to idenfity and evaluate key themes and motifs in both. I have wider interests in the understanding of natural and geological processes in the classical world, probing the places where myth and science intersect. I enjoy a multi-disclpliary approach, weaving together historical, literary and archaeological evidence to build a complete image. 

Since Novemeber 2020, I have been appointed as SW coordinator (Exeter) for Classics for All, a charity that supports non-specialist educators in state schools across the nation to bring classical subjects to their students. I have a particular interest in supporting classics in more economically derpived areas and seek to encouage students of a BAME backgtound into the subject.