Emma Ramsden

Research Interests

  • Roman social history
  • Gender ideology and sexuality
  • Roman religion
  • Greek and Roman myth
  • Roman archaeology


My thesis considers the representation of participants of Bacchic worship across all mediums during the Hellenistic and Republican periods. Combining epigraphic, archaeological, and literary evidence, my work aims to compare how gender plays out in Bacchic worship during these periods and how it is represented both in practice and in theory.

I received my BA in Archaeology and History of Rome, Greece and the Near-East from the University of British Columbia in 2016. I am currently pursuing my MA in Ancient Culture, Religion and Ethnicity at the University of British Columbia. I currently work as a teaching assistant for courses on Greek and Roman Mythology, and Medical Terminology. I also work as a research assistant on a project focusing on the slaves as spoils of war during the expansion of Roman territory in the Republican period. I am also currently co-chairing the 19th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference (AIGSC).


  • 2018-2019: Joseph-Armand Bombardier (SSHRC – CGS) Grant (University of British Columbia)
  • 2016: Highly Commended Entrant in the Undergraduate Awards for “Which Witch is Which: Understanding the Use of the Roman Witch in the Early Imperial Period” (Global Undergraduate Summit)
  • 2016: Martin and Mary Klemanski Scholarship in European Studies (University of British Columbia)
  • 2015: Lemuel F. Robertson Memorial Award (University of British Columbia)