Laura Stops



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Classics and Ancient History
Department: Classics & Ancient History
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Connectivity in the Roman World

I am an Exeter-based, third year PhD student working on Roman urban gateways, and the significance of the urban boundary to Roman 'urbanism' and Roman culture more generally. My work adopts an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the lived experience of urban environments, incorporating textual, material culture and architectural evidence to reconsider the role of city gates in the Roman world and the Roman conceptualisation of the city. I especially focus on Early Imperial Rome, Italian cities, and the cities of Roman Britain, highlighting the roles of city gates as monuments in the Early Imperial periods. 

I completed my MA and BA at the University of Leicester, before joining Exeter in Sept. 2018 as the A.G. Leventis Student in Classics. 

Since joining Exeter, I have filled multiple Post-Graduate Teaching positions, in modules on Roman Historical Writing, and Greek Temples. 

As a member of the Exeter Centre for Connectivity in the Roman World, I regularly engage with meetings and workshops within the centre which consider the role of connectivity in the ancient world and its scholarship. I also sit on the organising committee of the South West & Wales Late Antique, Early Medieval and Byzantine Network, a postgraduate network of interdisciplinary scholars who organise regular conference events, colloqiua, and workshops.