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Dr Patty Baker FSA

Senior Lecturer in Classical and Archaeological Studies

Head of Department

Office: Cornwallis North West 224

About

Prior to working at Kent, Patty Baker studied for her PhD under Professor Philip van der Eijk at the University of Newcastle; the topic of her doctoral thesis was Medical Care in the Roman Army on the British, Rhine and Upper and Middle Danube Frontiers. She received an MA in Roman Frontier Studies in the Department of Archaeology at Newcastle and an MA in Classics at Florida State University. Her BA was in Anthropology with a History Minor at Millersville University, Pennsylvania.

Her research is focuses principally on ancient medicine. She is also an active field archaeologist as well as an ancient historian, and has worked on excavations in the UK, United States and Italy. She is currently involved in an archaeological project at San Martino ai Campi, Trentino, Italy. She is a series editor for Ashgate Press on 'Medicine and the Body in Antiquity'. In the spring of 2014 she was a visiting professor in the Department of History at Virginia Tech in the United States. She has also been invited to take part in two international projects: 'FRoLiC: Females and the Roman Life Course', directed by Professor Timothy Parkin (Manchester), and 'Tiny Voices from the Past: New Perspectives on Childhood in Early Europe', under the direction of Professor Reider Aasgaard (Oslo).

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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. (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: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-oxford-handbook-of-roman-britain-9780199697731?q=Roman%20Britain&lang=en&cc=gb.
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. The Ohio State University Press, pp. 71-91. Available at: https://ohiostatepress.org/books/BookPages/Rabinowitz%20McHardy%20Difficult.html.
Baker, P., King, H. and Totelin, L. (2014). Teaching Ancient Medicine: The Issue of Abortion. in: Rabinowitz, N. S. and McHardy, F. eds. From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, pp. 71-91. Available at: https://ohiostatepress.org/index.htm?books/book pages/Rabinowitz McHardy Difficult.html.
Baker, P. (2014). Medicine. in: Millett, M., Revell, L. and Moore, A. eds. The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford: Oxford University Press (Oxford Handbooks Online). Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199697713.013.031.
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. (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. 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. (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.
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 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. (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. (2003). Review of Andrew Pearson, 'The Roman Shore Forts: Coastal Defences in Southern Britain'. Archaeologia Cantiana 123:413-415.
Baker, P. (2002). Review of Rebecca Flemming, 'Medicine and the Making of Roman Women'. Classical Review 52:127-129.
Baker, P. (2002). The Roman Medical Woman: Review of 'Medicine and the Making of Roman Women: Gender, Nature and Authority from Celsus to Galen' Flemming, R. ed. 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.
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Teaching

Patty Baker teaches modules on Roman Britain and on Greek and Roman medicine.

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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: 01/08/2016