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Dr Janet Wade was awarded her doctorate from Macquarie University in 2018. She also completed her Bachelor of Ancient History (Honours) and Postgraduate Certificate in Ancient History at Macquarie University. Janet has taught undergraduate and postgraduate units focusing on Late Antiquity and Byzantium and has also recently worked in the Office of Higher Degree Research Training and Partnerships as the HDR Partnerships Coordinator.

Janet was awarded the Macquarie-Gale British School at Rome Fellowship in 2018 and the British School at Rome’s Library and Archive Award in 2020. In addition to her research, she practices freelance editing and proofreading. She is now an Honorary Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University.

Research interests

Janet’s research interests include seafaring deities, maritime rituals and practices, and the social history of sailors and merchants from the late Hellenistic period to Late Antiquity and Early Byzantium. She has a particular interest in seafaring and mercantile goddesses such as Isis Pelagia, Fortuna/Isis-Fortuna and Athena.

Janet also conducts research on ancient Roman roads and their related monuments, particularly the integration of these roads into the modern landscape and their place and significance in early modern and contemporary society.

Janet has published on maritime social and material culture, seafaring cults and marine symbolism, and on her current study of the work conducted by Thomas Ashby (former director of the British School at Rome) on the ancient roads of Italy.

Education/Academic qualification

Ancient History, PhD, Macquarie University

Award Date: 20 Apr 2018

Ancient History, Postgraduate Certificate in Ancient History, Macquarie University

Award Date: 22 Sep 2011

Ancient History, Bachelor of Ancient History (Honours Class 1), Macquarie University

Award Date: 18 Apr 2011


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