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Dr David Noy

David Noy

Profile summary

  • Honorary Associate
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Art His, Class St, Eng&CW, Mus
  • Classical Studies
  • d.e.noy

Professional biography

I completed my PhD on Roman Marriage at the University of Reading in 1987.  Since then I have worked for the Jewish Inscriptions Project (Cambridge) and the University of Wales Lampeter, and I am now an Associate Lecturer with the OU for A219 Exploring the Classical World and A340 The Roman Empire.  I also have an MA in Biography.  I have published nine books and about fifty articles.  Apart from my Classics activities, I completed a biography of Topham Beauclerk (1739-80), a friend of Dr Johnson, and I run the Winslow History website ( and regularly give talks on my area of North Buckinghamshire.

Research interests

  1. Roman death, particularly cremation and deathbeds.
  2. Inscriptions as evidence for social history, e.g. migration, Jews in the Roman Empire.
  3. Medieval Latin documents such as court rolls and wills.
  4. Collecting classical objects in the 18th century.

Selected publications


Dr Johnson’s Friend and Robert Adam’s Client Topham Beauclerk (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars, 2016)

Foreigners at Rome: Citizens and Strangers (Duckworth/Classical Press of Wales, 2000)

Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis I: Eastern Europe (Mohr-Siebeck, 2004, co-authored with Hanswulf Bloedhorn and Alexander Panayotov) 

Inscriptiones Judaicae Orientis III: Syria and Cyprus (Mohr-Siebeck, 2004, co-authored with Hanswulf Bloedhorn) 

The Winslow Manor Court Books, 1322-1377 and 1423-1460. Buckinghamshire Record Society vols 35-36, 2011


“Extended families and family substitutes among migrants in the Roman World”, in Mediterranean Families in Antiquity: Households, Extended Families, and Domestic Space, ed. Sabine Huebner & Geoffrey Nathan (Chichester: Wiley, 2016), 121–136

“ ‘Half-burnt on an emergency pyre’: Roman cremations which went wrong”, Greece & Rome 47 (2000), 186-196

“Building a Roman funeral pyre”, Antichthon 34 (2000), 30-45

“The Jewish life course in the Roman Empire”, in Age and Ageing in the Roman Empire, ed. M. Harlow & R. Laurence (JRA supplement 65, 2007), 81-94

“Foreign families in Roman Italy”, A Companion to the Greek and Roman Family ed. B. Rawson (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 145-160

“Goodbye Livia: Dying in the Roman home”, in Memory and Mourning, ed. V. Hope & J. Huskinson (Oxford: Oxbow, 2011), 1-20

“ ‘Dreams inspired by Phoebus’: western visitors to Delos from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century”, International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18.3 (2011), 373-393

“The antiquities collection of Topham Beauclerk and Richard Topham”, Journal of the History of Collections 25.2 (2013), 185-193

“Winslow in 1341: the Nonarum Inquisitiones and the reliability of medieval tax self-assessment”, Records of Buckinghamshire 55 (2015), 137-46

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