Dr Ailsa Hunt

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Lecturer in Ancient History

Contact details

Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Lecturer in Ancient History, with a research specialism in Roman religion. My first monograph aims to shake up many current scholarly assumptions about Roman religion (Hunt, A. 2016. Reviving Roman Religion: Sacred trees in the Roman World. Cambridge.). My next major project is an exploration of the theology which informs the naming of gods in the Roman world (both from a pagan and Judaeo-Christian perspective).


  • PhD in Classics (Cambridge, 2009-2012)
  • MPhil in Classics (Cambridge, 2008-2009)
  • BA Hons in Literae Humaniores (Oxford, 2004-2008)


Before coming to Birmingham I held a temporary lectureship at the University of Cambridge and a fellowship at Newnham College, Cambridge (2015-2017), before which I was a Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2012-2015).


I offer the following:

  • Latin Prose Texts
  • Project - Ordinary People in Pompeii
  • LI Seminar - Nature in Roman Eyes
  • LH Option-  Roman Religion and its Limits

I am also involved in M level teaching and am programme lead for Classics and CLC.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising topics related to Roman religion and the cultural history of the Roman world; topics within reception studies may also be of interest.

Find out more - our PhD Classics and Ancient History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My major research interests are in Roman religion and in questions about how Romans thought about the world around them. At present I am particularly interested in Roman conceptions of the natural world and in the theology which informs the naming of gods in the Roman world. I like to approach an idea or question from a multitude of disciplinary angles, using literature, epigraphy, material and visual culture to inform my understanding of the Romans and their ideas.

Currently I am working on an article which explores the meaning of the slippery Latin word numen, within the context of a colourful history of scholarly arguments built on this word. Soon I will begin work on a new monograph which will explore the theology which informs the naming of gods in the Roman world.

Other activities

I am joint honours lead for CAHA.


Recent publications


Hunt, A & Marlow, H 2019, Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives. Bloomsbury Academic.

Hunt, A 2016, Reviving Roman Religion: Sacred Trees in the Roman World. Cambridge Classical Studies, Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781316597859


Hunt, A 2014, 'Pozzuoli of the Heart: overlapping fragments of the classical past in the poetry of Jamie McKendrick', Classical Receptions Journal, vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 382–401. https://doi.org/10.1093/crj/clt028

Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Hunt, A 2019, Servian Readings of Religion in the Georgics. in N Freer & B Xinyue (eds), Reflections and new perspectives on Vergil's Georgics. 1 edn, Bloomsbury Academic. <https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/reflections-and-new-perspectives-on-virgils-georgics-9781350070530/>


Hunt, A 2019, Pagan Animism: a modern myth for a Green Age. in A Hunt & HF Marlow (eds), Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World. 1 edn, Bloomsbury Academic. <https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/ecology-and-theology-in-the-ancient-world-9781350004061/>

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