Ruins of Herculaneum (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Ruins of Herculaneum (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Dr Gillian Shepherd

Dr Gillian Shepherd

Director of the Trendall Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies at La Trobe in Australia, Gillian specialises in the Greek colonisation of Italy and Sicily.

Gillian Shepherd PhD is Director of the Trendall Centre for Ancient Mediterranean Studies, La Trobe, Australia.  She specialises in the Greek colonisation of Italy and Sicily.  She researches in Ancient Greek colonisation, tracking cultural self-definition, emerging hierarchies, and relations with the mother city and the indigenous population through examination of burials, sanctuaries and dedications.

Gillian is interested in the historiography of colonisation, especially the effect of the British Empire on approaches to ancient colonial practice. In her role as Institute Museum Curator, she is involved with the Canopic Jar Project and the casting project with the IRC (University of Birmingham) on ancient metal vases, for which a metal replica of a Rhodian Wild Goat style stemmed dish in the Institute's collection has been made.


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