Michael is an Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, UK, and the President of the Lytham St Annes Classical Association. He is a National Teaching Fellow as recognised by the HEA. His research and teaching focuses on the ancient history and archaeology of the Greek and Roman worlds.
He has written a number of books on aspects of ancient Greek and Roman society and written and presented a range of TV and Radio programmes for National Geographic, History Channel, Nova, BBC & ITV including Delphi: bellybutton of the ancient world (BBC4); Guilty Pleasures: luxury in the ancient and medieval words (BBC4); Jesus: rise to power (Nat Geo); Ancient Discoveries (History Channel); Who were the Greeks? (BBC2); The Mystery of the X Tombs (BBC2/Nova); The Greatest Show on Earth (BBC4, in conjunction with the Open University); Roman Britain from the Air (ITV); Rome’s Invisible City (BBC1), Invisible Cities (BBC1) & most recently Sicily: Wonder of the Mediterranean (BBC2).
He also presents a radio series for BBC Radio 4, ‘Spin the Globe’, writes for national and international newspapers and magazines, lectures to schools and groups in the UK and Europe, and has taught in the UK, Europe, US and Brazil.
Michael has recently been conferred the Warwick Award in Teaching Excellence 2016. In 2017-8 Michael has won a Leverhulme Research Fellowship to work on an ancient global history research project looking at the movement of luxury goods between the Mediterranean and China in antiquity.
He was also awarded Honorary Citizenship of Delphi, Greece in a ceremony in Athens on Wednesday 25th November 2015.
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