Classical & Archaeological Studies

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Dr Ada Nifosi

Lecturer in Ancient History


Office: Cornwallis George Allen Wing 104
Office Hours: Tuesday 10.00-11.00, Thursday 11.00-12.00


Ada started her academic studies in Italy. She gained a BA in Classical Archaeology at the University of Padua (2006), an MA in Egyptian Archaeology at the University of Bologna (2008) and an MPhil in Egyptian Archaeology, also at Bologna (2012). She started teaching at the University of Kent in 2012 where she also obtained her PGCHE in 2014. In March 2015 she was awarded the Faculty of Humanities Research Prize for Postgraduate Research for her study of a group of Egyptian amulets at the Beaney Museum of Art and Knowledge (Canterbury). She submitted her doctoral thesis at the University of Kent in August 2015. 

Ada's current research focuses on the social and legal status of women in the Greco-Roman world. Her forthcoming second book is entitled Becoming a Woman and Mother in Greco-Roman Egypt (Routledge 2019). It is based on her doctoral thesis and is the first genuinely interdisciplinary study of women in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. The book investigates the cultural, social and legal changes to women’s status brought by the Greeks in the Hellenistic Period, and later, to a lesser degree, by the Romans. It analyses the status of Greco-Egyptian women through the study of the three key phases of their life-cycles: coming of age at puberty, menstruation and childbirth. 

Ada is also researching and publishing on children in Ancient Egypt and in the Greco-Roman world. In particular she is interested in their agency in play and religious rituals as well as their role in temples and urban festivals.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Nifosi, A. (2019). Becoming a Woman and Mother in Greco-Roman Egypt: Women's Bodies, Society and Domestic Space. [Online]. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. Available at:
Nifosi, A. (2009). Catalogo degli amuleti di Bakchias (1994-2007). [Online]. La Mandragora Editrice. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 2 [See all in KAR]
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Ada Nifosi teaches modules on ancient history and ancient Egypt.

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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: 05/11/2018