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Dr Patty Baker FSA

Senior Lecturer in Classical and Archaeological Studies

Head of Department

Office: Cornwallis George Allen Wing 101

Office Hours: Wednesday 14.00-16.00

About

Dr. Patty Baker grew up in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and she came to the UK to study the archaeology and history of the Roman provinces and ancient medicine. She received her PhD in Classics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and wrote her dissertation on Medical Care for the Roman Army on the Rhine, Danube and British Frontiers from the First through Third Centuries AD. She holds two MA degrees: one in Classics from Florida State University and the other in Roman Frontier Studies from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. Her BA was in Anthropology with a minor in History with a strong liberal arts background (Millersville University, Pennsylvania). A statement she tries to live by is mens sano incorpore sane (a healthy mind in a healthy body), so when not at work, she can be found windsurfing, sailing her Byte, crewing on a Dart 18 catamaran, and cycling. She also has a creative side and enjoys floral design.

Research interests

Various aspects of Greco-Roman perceptions of health and medicine are her main areas of research. She has written on Roman medical material culture, in particular the life course, materiality, colour, and depositional practices of medical tools.  Her work on healing structures and spaces is informed by phenomenology. She has also worked on ancient paediatrics, images and perceptions of Greek and Roman physicians, and perceptions of disability in the past. Currently, she is researching and writing on Roman gardens as healthy spaces. This work explores the sensory experiences (smell, sight, sound, taste, and touch) the Romans would have had in their gardens and how these experiences were understood to effect the body and mind. The study incorporates Stoic and Epicurean understandings of sensory function in comparison to the remains of Roman gardens in the Bay of Naples from roughly 150 BC to AD 100.

Other Activities

In relation to her research, she is the founder and series editor for Medicine and the Body in Antiquity, a book series with Routledge Press. She also supervises PhD students on topics related to her areas of interest.

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Publications

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Book
Baker, P. (2013). The Archaeology of Medicine in the Greco-Roman World. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Baker, P. (2004). Medical Care for the Roman Army on the Rhine, Danube and British Frontiers from the First through Third Centuries AD. UK: BAR International Series.
Edited book
Baker, P. (2011). Medicine and Space: Body, Surroundings and Borders in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. [Online]. Baker, P. A., Nijdam, H. and van't Land, K. eds. Leiden: Brill. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/9789004226500.
Baker, P.A. and Carr, G. eds. (2002). Practitioners, Practices and Patients: New Approaches to Medical Archaeology and Anthropology: Conference Proceedings. Oxford: Oxbow Books.
Baker, P.A. et al. eds. (1999). TRAC 98: The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference Proceedings 1998. [Online]. Oxford: Oxbow Books. Available at: http://trac.org.uk/pubs/#trac-1998-leicester-open-access.
Article
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 [Online]. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00438243.2018.1487332.
Baker, P. (2017). Viewing Health: Asclepia in their Natural Settings. Religion in the Roman Empire [Online] 3:143-163. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1628/219944617X15008820103342.
Bellosi, G. et al. (2013). The Late Antique and Early Medieval Habitat and Church on the Monte S. Martino, Riva del Garda District, North Italy. Medieval Settlement Research [Online] 28:9-17. Available at: http://medieval-settlement.com/publications/journal/vol28/.
Baker, P. (2011). Collyrium Stamps: An Indicator of Regional Medical Practices in Roman Gaul. European Journal of Archaeology 14:158-189.
Baker, P. (2011). Re-evaluating the Identification of Roman Military Hospitals. Association of Roman Archaeology Newsletter [Online]:20. Available at: http://www.associationromanarchaeology.org/newnewsletter.htm.
Baker, P. et al. (2010). Medieval Britain and Ireland in 2009 - Mapping Wallingford Castle. Medieval Archaeology [Online] 54:416-420. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174581710X12790370816011.
Baker, P. (2005). Field Systems on Overton Down South, near Avebury. Wiltshire Archaeological and Natural History Magazine 98:340-342.
Baker, P. (2004). Roman Medical Instruments: Archaeological Interpretations of their Possible 'Non-functional uses'. Social History of Medicine 17:3-21.
Pollard, J. and Baker, P. (1999). Early Roman Activity at Keeley Lane, Wootton. Bedfordshire Archaeology [Online] 23:90-97. Available at: http://www.baalhs.org.uk/vol19to24.htm.
Baker, P. (1998). Roman Military Medical Care in Britain. Durham and Newcastle Archaeological Reports for 1997:46-50.
Baker, P. (1997). Note. Instrumentum:13-14.
Book section
Baker, P. (2017). Tastes and Digestion: archaeology and medicine in Roman Italy. in: Rudolph, K. ed. Taste and the Ancient Senses. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/9781844658695.
Baker, P. (2017). Greco-Roman Paediatrics. in: Aasgaard, R. and Horn, C. eds. Childhood in History: Perceptions of Children in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, pp. 77-93. Available at: https://www.routledge.com/9781472468925.
Baker, P. (2016). Medicine. in: Millett, M., Revell, L. and Moore, A. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 555-572. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697731.001.0001.
Baker, P. (2015). Images of Doctors and their Implements: A Visual Dialogue between the Patient and the Doctor. in: Petridou, G. and Kolleg, M. -W. eds. Homo Patiens - Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World. Leiden: Brill, pp. 365-389. Available at: http://doi.org/10.1163/9789004305564_016.
Baker, P., King, H. and Totelin, L. (2014). Teaching Ancient Medicine: The Issues of Abortion. in: Sorkin Rabinowitz, N. and McHardy, F. eds. From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom. Ohio State University Press, pp. 71-91. Available at: https://ohiostatepress.org/books/BookPages/Rabinowitz%20McHardy%20Difficult.html.
Baker, P. (2012). Children, Health and Science. in: Laurence, R. and Harlow, M. eds. A Cultural History of Childhood and Family in Antiquity. Oxford: Berg, pp. 153-170.
Baker, P. (2012). Medieval Islamic Hospitals: Spatial Design and Social Concepts. in: Baker, P. A., Nijdam, H. and van't Land, K. eds. Medicine and Space: Body, Surroundings and Borders in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Leiden: Brill, pp. 245-272. Available at: http://www.brill.nl/medicine-and-space.
Baker, P. (2012). 'Hygiene: Greece and Rome'; 'Pregnancy'; and 'Deafness'. in: Bagnall, R. et al. eds. The Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Ancient History. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
Baker, P. and Nijdam, H. (2011). Introduction: Conceptualizing, Body, Space and Borders. in: Baker, P. A., Nijdam, H. and van't Land, K. eds. Medicine and Space: Body, Surroundings and Borders in Antiquity and the Middle Ages. Leiden: Brill, pp. 1-22. Available at: http://www.brill.nl/medicine-and-space.
Baker, P. (2009). Medicine, Death and Military Virtues. in: Marco Simón, F., Pino Polo, F. and Remesal Rodríguez, J. eds. Formae Mortis: El Tránsito de la Vida a la Muerte en las Sociedades Antiguas. Barcelona: Universidad de Barcelona, pp. 25-37.
Baker, P. (2006). 'Feminism' and 'Soap'. in: Shipley, G. et al. eds. The Cambridge Dictionary of Classical Civilization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
Baker, P. (2003). A Brief Comment on the TRAC Session Dedicated to the Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Roman Women. in: Swift, E. V., Carr, G. and Weekes, J. eds. TRAC 2002, Proceedings of the Twelfth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 140-146.
Baker, P. (2002). The Roman Military Valetudinaria: Fact or Fiction? in: Arnott, R. ed. The Archaeology of Medicine Proceedings of the Theoretical Archaeology Group 1998. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports Archaeopress, pp. 69-80.
Baker, P. (2002). Introduction. in: Baker, P. A. and Carr, G. eds. Practitioners, Practices and Patients: New Approaches to Medical Archaeology and Anthropology: Conference Proceedings. Oxford: Oxbow Books, p. vii-xi.
Baker, P. (2002). Diagnosing Some Ills: The Archaeology, Literature and History of Roman Medicine. in: Baker, P. A. and Carr, G. eds. Practitioners, Practices and Patients: New Approaches to Medical Archaeology and Anthropology: Conference Proceedings. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 16-29.
Baker, P. (2001). Medicine, Culture and Military Identity. in: Davis, G., Gardner, A. and Lockyear, C. eds. TRAC 2000: Proceedings of the 10th Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Oxford: Oxbow Books, pp. 51-70.
Baker, P. (1999). Soranus and the Pompeii Speculum: The Sociology of Gynaecology and Roman Perceptions of the Female Body. in: Baker, P. A. et al. eds. TRAC 98: The Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference Proceedings 1998. Oxford: Oxbow Press, pp. 141-150. Available at: http://trac.org.uk/pubs/#trac-1998-leicester-open-access.
Review
Baker, P. (2018). Book Review. Journal of Roman Studies [Online] 108:235-236. Available at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0075435818000539.
Baker, P. (2013). Review of K. Krötzl and K. Mustakallio, 'On Old Age: Approaching Death in Antiquity and the Middle Ages'. Medieval Archaeology [Online] 57:378-379. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/0076609713Z.00000000028.
Baker, P. (2013). Review of Don Walker, 'Disease in London, 1st-19th Centuries. An Illustrated Guide to Diagnosis'. Medieval Archaeology [Online] 57:379-379. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/0076609713Z.00000000028.
Baker, P. (2013). Review of J. Casas and J.M. Nolla, 'Instrumental de hierro de época de la Antigüedad Tardía en el N.E. de la Península Ibérica'. Medieval Archaeology [Online] 56:369-360. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/0076609714Z.00000000045.
Baker, P. (2012). Review of Barbara Zipser (ed), 'John the Physician's Therapeutics. A Medical Handbook in Vernacular Greek'. The Classical Review [Online] 62:138-139. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X11003246.
Baker, P. (2011). Review of Eva-Maria Lackner, 'Republikanische Fora'. Journal of Roman Studies [Online] 101:321-322. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0075435811000785.
Baker, P. (2011). Review of Joshua Eyler, 'Disability in the Middle Ages: Reconsiderations and Reverberations'. Medieval Archaeology 55:423.
Baker, P. (2011). Review of 'Housesteads Roman Fort - The Grandest Station'. 'Excavation and Survey at Housesteads, 1954-95', by Charles Daniels, John Gillam, James Crow and Others; and 'Finds from the Frontier. Material Culture in the 4th-5th Centuries', by Rob Collins and Linday Allason-Jones. Medieval Archaeology [Online] 55:335-336. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/174581711X13103897378726.
Baker, P. (2009). Review of Leonhard Burckhardt, 'Militärgeschichte der Antike'. Bryn Mawr Classical Review:1-2.
Baker, P. (2007). Review of Helen King (ed), 'Health in Antiquity'. Journal of Hellenic Studies [Online] 127:197-198. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0075426900002123.
Baker, P. (2006). Review of Martha L. Rose, 'The Staff of Oedipus: Transforming Disability in Ancient Greece'. Medical History [Online] 1:120-121. Available at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1369020/.
Baker, P. (2006). Review of B. Croxford (ed) et al, 'TRAC 2003: Proceedings of the Thirteenth Annual Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference, Leicester 2003'. Britannia XXXVII:501-502.
Baker, P. (2004). Review of T. Minamikawa (ed), 'Material Culture, Mentality and Historical Identity in the Ancient World: Understanding the Celts, Greeks, Romans and Modern Europeans. Proceedings of the First International Conference for the Study of European Identity from a Historical Perspective in September 2003'. Bryn Mawr Classical Review:1-2.
Baker, P. (2004). Review of Medicina Antiqua: Medical History Web Page. Bryn Mawr Classical Review [Online]:1-2. Available at: http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2004/2004-09-05.html.
Baker, P. (2003). Review of Andrew Pearson, 'The Roman Shore Forts: Coastal Defences in Southern Britain'. Archaeologia Cantiana 123:413-415.
Baker, P. (2002). The Roman Medical Woman: Review of 'Medicine and the Making of Roman Women'. The Classical Review [Online] 52:127-127. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/cr/52.1.127.
Internet publication
Baker, P. (2010). Medical Practices in Roman Spain: Report on a Pilot Study of the Archaeological Remains of Medical Tools [Web-based discussion group]. Available at: http://traumwerk.stanford.edu/archaeolog/2010/08/medical_practices_in_roman_spa.html.
Baker, P. (2009). Archaeological Remains as a Source of Evidence for Roman Medicine [Internet: Medicina Antiqua]. Available at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/~ucgajpd/medicina%20antiqua/mm_essays.html.
Forthcoming
Baker, P. (2019). Objects. in: Totelin, L. ed. Culture History of Medicine in Antiquity. Bloomsbury.
Baker, P. (2017). Review of A Cabinet of Ancient Medical Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Healing Arts of Greece and Rome. Social History of Medicine:1-2.
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Teaching

She teaches from an interdisciplinary perspective and covers the full-range of subjects offered in the Department of Classical and Archaeological Studies. For example, the topics of her modules include archaeological theory, Greek and Roman History and Archaeology, and Greco-Roman literature. Her research and current themes in classics and archaeology inform how she teaches.

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Classical & Archaeological Studies, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 22/01/2019