Abigail Walker is a PhD student in the Classics Department at King’s College London. Her research uses mythical stories to explore visual and textual landscape representation in first-century BCE/CE Italy. By comparing Pompeian wall-paintings with contemporary mythological poetry, the project explores how landscape representation was a cross-medial curiosity in the Roman cultural imagination and could have considerable implications for both the narrative and characters.
Before embarking upon a PhD, Abigail worked for several years in the art trade where she had the opportunity to research artworks and cultures beyond the university curriculum as well as handle some amazing antiquities. She is a great believer in using the visual arts as a more tangible means of exploring and learning about history and is keen to find out more about how television can contribute to this accessibility.