Dr Patty Baker FSA
Senior Lecturer in Classical and Archaeological Studies
Head of Department
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Office: Cornwallis George Allen Wing 101
Office Hours: Wednesday 14.00-16.00
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.
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.
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.back to top
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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.back to top