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Dr. Michael Scott

Michael's passion for the ancient world led him to read Classics at Christ's College, Cambridge where he gained a 1st class degree and masters while studying in Italy, France, Germany, Greece and the UK.

Michael took his love of the ancient history and archaeology to the next level embarking on a PhD at Cambridge where he split his time between Cambridge and Athens studying the three subjects never to be mentioned - ancient Greek sex, politics and religion!

In Cambridge, Michael was the Professor Lee and Sandy's Research student, while in Athens he was a scholar of the French Archaeological School. Along the way, he picked up three languages (French, Modern Greek and Italian), a taste for ouzo and raki, an interest in fencing and glider planes and some research experience in the antiquities art market. As a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow, he also developed considerable expertise in helping museums across the USA, Canada and the UK to make their collections more appealing to 21st century audiences.

In 2007 (aged only 26), Michael became Dr Michael and subsequently became the Moses Finley Research Fellow in ancient history at Darwin College, Cambridge where he was a popular lecturer for Classics, History and Art History. Michael is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick, teaching in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. He divides his time between researching and teaching in Warwick, Cambridge, Oxford, London and Athens, giving lectures across Europe and working with schools across the UK to promote the study of the ancient world.


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Bringing the ancient world to the modern, Michael often lectures around the globe and brings his passion and knowledge to radio and television as the writer and/or presenter of various programmes including:

  • Spin the Globe – BBC Radio 4 (2013)
  • Who were the Greeks? – BBC2 (2013)
  • Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth – BBC4 (2013)
  • The Mystery of the X Tombs – BBC2 (2013)
  • Guilty Pleasures : Luxury in Ancient Greece - BBC4 (2011)
  • Guilty Pleasures: Luxury in the Middle Ages - BBC4 (2011)
  • Delphi: Bellybutton of the Ancient World - BBC4 (2010)
  • Biography of Paul the Octopus (Oracles Ancient and Modern), Ancient Discoveries (spying, oracles of the dead, great sea battles and methods of death), Ancient Sex (Greek & Roman perceptions of Egyptian sexuality) and Ancients Behaving Badly (Alexander the Great & Cleopatra) - History Channel (2008-2010)

As author of popular history books, Michael’s first book ‘From Democrats to Kings’ (Icon) hit the shelves in 2009, closely followed by his monograph based upon the ancient sanctuaries of Delphi and Olympia (Cambridge University Press). Following an edited volume on risk in ancient and modern worlds (Cambridge University Press 2011) he released ‘Space and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds’ in November 2012 (Cambridge University Press) and in 2014 published a full history of the oracle and sanctuary of Delphi for Princeton University Press, entitled ‘Delphi: Centre of the Ancient Greek World’.

Taking time out from research in the library, Michael has also embarked on several extreme endurance charity fund raising events: hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking across Costa Rica, dragon boat racing around the Venetian lagoon and re-creating the ancient world by running the route of the first ever Marathon in Athens.

For more information, please visit: : www.michaelcscott.com

Follow Michael on Twitter @drmichaelcscott

Michael is represented by Sue Rider Management

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