The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester was the venue for Liz Johnson, the Humanities Teaching Assistant, to receive her Master’s Degree in Classical Studies.

This was the culmination of two years’ study of the ancient Greek and Roman civilisations with a focus on “the ancient body”; how these old civilisations viewed birth, death, medicine, dress and beauty. A substantial part of the MA was a piece of independent research resulting in a dissertation. “The hermaphrodite in the Roman world: the bad and the beautiful”. This was examination of how intersex individuals were treated in ancient Rome and the contradiction of how they were viewed as bad
omens tracked down and killed whilst at the same time the hermaphrodite was a focus of many texts, wall paintings and statues.

Congratulations to Liz on this fantastic achievement.