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Kate Cooper

TORCH Visiting Fellow
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Kate Cooper is Professor of Ancient History in the University of Manchester. She writes and teaches on the world of the Mediterranean in the Roman period, with a special interest in daily life and the family, religion, gender and social identity, and the inter-connected problems of martyrdom and religious violence.

Kate’s most recent book, Band of Angels: The Forgotten World of Early Christian Women, is published by Atlantic Press (London) and Overlook Press (New York). Previous titles include The Virgin and the Bride (Harvard) and The Fall of the Roman Houshehold (Cambridge). A podcast from the November 2013 TORCH roundtable on Band of Angels can be found here.

In recent years, Kate has renewed a long-standing interest in the problem of religion and violence. She is currently holder of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship (2012-15) for a project on The Early Christian Martyr Acts: A New Approach to Ancient Heroes of Resistance.

OBJECTS OF LOVE: Workshops (click here for more information) During 2014-15, Kate will be organizing a series of workshops in the Ashmolean Museum alongside Dr Senta German (Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Teaching Curator at the Ashmolean).

Michaelmas Term: Object Handling Sessions - Objects of Love (This-worldly Love). Themes: Love and Marriage; Parents and Children; Love and War

Hilary Term: Object Handling Sessions - Objects of Love (Other-worldly Love). Themes: Prayer; Eros; Sacrifice and Sacred Death

Trinity Term: Podcast Workshop - Objects of Love (Contested Meanings). This one-off, hands-on workshop will invite participants to create short podcasts exploring the importance of objects chosen from the Ashmolean Collections.

Kate also runs a Work-in-Progress group for Early-Career Scholars on Love, Death, and Virtue.

Kate can be contacted by e-mail (see below) or via Twitter (@kateantiquity). Her website is at for those who want to know more.