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Dr Kate Gilliver

Dr Kate Gilliver

Reader in Ancient History, Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

Email:
gilliverk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4258
Location:
4.04, John Percival Building

I am a Roman military historian and archaeologist with particular interests in the conduct of war and the practicalities of waging war in the Roman world from the second Punic war to the third century AD. I have published on the Roman Art of War, display and uniformity in Roman military equipment, and on temporary encampments.

More recently I have concentrated on pedagogic issues, including the introduction and adoption of alterative approaches to teaching, particularly flipped and active learning, and alternative assessments that blend degree specific knowledge and analysis with creativity and enterprise.

I am involved at both School and University level in academic standards, academic practice and student appeals.

I grew up in Dorchester, the Roman town of Durnovaria, and with regular visits to museums, archaeological sites and studying local history in school, perhaps not surprisingly fell in love with everything Roman at an early age. I spent a year working as a volunteer at Dorset County Museum before studying Classics & Classical Archaeology at King’s College London (1984-88), then progressing to my PhD at the Institute of Archaeology, UCL (1988-92). After a year as a Rome Scholar at the British School at Rome I arrived in Cardiff as a lecturer in Ancient History in 1993.

My research interests focus on the Roman army and Roman warfare. My PhD thesis on The Roman Art of War: theory and practice led to further work on war crimes, brutality and massacres in Roman warfare, and on Roman campaign camps, the latter leading to a collaboration with the Brecon Beacons National Park to enhance visitor experience at Roman sites near Sennybridge.

In teaching, I am a strong advocate of alternative approaches to learning. I employ role-play seminars to encourage students to study events such as the Neronian fire of AD64 or theme such as interaction between soldiers and civilians from different perspectives, and have introduced flipped learning and active small group work in my modules.

I am the currently the School’s Director of Recruitment and Admissions, and Deputy Director of Teaching & Learning, and a member of the University’s Academic Quality and Standards Committee.

Outside of the University, I am a keen hill and mountain walker, and since 2011 have been an operational hill member of Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team.

Education and qualifications

1993 PhD, Institute of Archaeology, University College London

1988 BA (Classics and Classical Archaeology), King's College London

Career overview

1993– Lecturer in Ancient History, Cardiff University

1992–93 Rome Scholar, British School at Rome

Notable achievements

I am a regular contributor to TV programmes on aspects of Roman history, particularly the Roman army and warfare. These appearances include:

  • National Geographic channel Ancient Technology, 2006
  • UK History series War Women, 2003

Historical Consultant for the BBC Timewatch documentary Roman Soldiers to Be, 2001, which looked at the training of Roman soldiers through the words of the fourth-century military writer Vegetius, and the eyes (and suffering) of nine civilian volunteers who spent a week training and camping during the wettest winter on record.

Speaking engagements

  • Classroom Flipping, Cardiff Met, 2017
  • The Good, the Bad and the Consequences: Martial Values and Roman Warfare, Annual Caerleon Lecture, 2007
  • Decimation in the Roman Army, Classics Department research seminar, University of South Africa, 2005
  • Display in Roman Warfare, Classical Association of South Africa Conference, Pretoria, 2005
  • Battlefield Virtuosi: Courage and Display in Roman Warfare, Classical Association, University of Leeds, 2003

2012

  • Gilliver, K. 2012. Gaius Julius Caesar. In: Martel, G. ed. The Encyclopedia of War.. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. -.
  • Gilliver, K. 2012. Roman legions. In: Martel, G. ed. The Encyclopedia of War.. Wiley-Blackwell, pp. -.

2007

2002

1999

Undergraduate

  • Investigating the Ancient World, Skills & Evidence
  • The Ancient World in 20 Objects
  • Introduction to Ancient History 2: Empires East & West
  • The Roman Revolution
  • Roman Imperial History
  • Life in Ancient Rome
  • The Roman Army
  • Independent 2nd Year Study
  • Final Year Dissertation

Postgraduate