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Dr David Noy

David Noy

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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.  I was an Associate Lecturer with the OU for A340 The Roman Empire (2015-20) and A219 Exploring the Classical World (2005-18).  I also have an MA in Biography.  I have published twelve books and over 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 (  I am general editor for the Buckinghamshire Record Society, archivist of the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society, 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


Chetwode Wills and Disputes 1538-1857. Buckinghamshire Record Society vol.41, 2022 (co-authored with Lyn Robinson)

How One Man Transformed A Town: Winslow 1640-1770 and William Lowndes (Aylesbury: Buckinghamshire Archaeological Soceity, 2020)

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


“Personal piety and family religion in Jewish inscriptions from the Greco-Roman Diaspora”, in Religionspraxis und Individualität, ed. Alexandra Grund-Wittenberg (Paderborn: Brill / Wilhelm Fink, 2021), 261–276. 

Electa mihi domus est Ostia felix: The burial and commemoration of migrants at Ostia and Portus”, in Reflections: Harbour City Deathscapes in Roman Italy and Beyond, ed. Niels Bargfeldt & Jane Hjarl Petersen (Analecta Romana Instituti Danici, Supplementum LIII, Rome: Quasar, 2020), 53–62.

“Martha Janes (1601–1687), an earl’s mistress: from Turville via Winslow and Granborough to the siege of Bolton Castle”, Records of Buckinghamshire 60 (2020), 249–263.

“Jews and Christians in the City of Rome: epigraphic evidence”, in Jews and Christians in Antiquity: A Regional Perspective, ed. Pierluigi Lanfranchi & Joseph Verheyden (Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Culture and Religion 18, Leuven: Peeters, 2018), 229–241.  ISBN: 978-90-429-3461-0.

“Social structure and the plebs Romana”, in A Companion to the City of Rome, ed. C. Holleran & A. Claridge (Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2018), 155–171.  DOI: 10.1002/9781118300664.ch7.

“La Magna Grecia ebraica: Sicilia e Calabria”, in Ebrei, una storia italiana. I primi mille anni, ed. Anna Foa, Giancarlo Lacerenza & Daniele Jalla (Milan: Electa, 2017), 100–108.  ISBN: 978-88-918-1716-7.

“Dr Johnson’s friend Molly Aston”, Transactions of the Johnson Society (2016), 31-43.

“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.

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

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

“ ‘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.

“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.

“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.

“ ‘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.