Dr Michael Scott
Michael’s first experience of Greece did not start well. It was a school trip and they lost his luggage on the flight out: he was in the same clothes for over a week. Despite that, and thanks in part to his 17th birthday being spent at the ancient site of Olympia, home of the Olympic games, (and in the memorably named ‘Gorilla nightclub’ in Tolo – with fake gorillas hanging from the ceiling), Michael’s fascination for the ancient world began to develop.
It was post-PhD, as the Moses Finley Research Fellow at Darwin College, Cambridge, that Michael began to communicate his interest in the ancient world to a wider audience. He cut his teeth working as guest-lecturer on EasyCruise’s tours of the Classical world (where the ‘lecture hall’ was also the jacuzzi, bar and disco area!), writing books about ancient Greek history, and working with schools and organisations across the country to make the ancient world as accessible as possible to all. In 2008, he was asked to give an interview for a History Channel series of ‘Ancient Discoveries’ about ancient spying. Two years later, in 2010, he wrote and presented his first BBC documentary on BBC Four about Delphi.
Since then he has written and presented numerous documentaries for BBC Four and BBC Two (The Mystery of Rome’s X Tombs, Who Were the Greeks, Guilty Pleasures) as well as for National Geographic (Jesus: Rise to Power). He is now assistant professor of Classics at the University of Warwick, where he teaches and researches alongside continuing to share his interest and passion for the ancient world with audiences around the world, including teaching a course on ancient Greek democracy to university students in Rio di Janeiro, Brazil.
His latest series, Ancient Greece: The Greatest Show on Earth explores one of the Greek world’s most important legacies, theatre. It examines the way in which theatre was impregnated into the fabric of ancient society, and follows the story of theatre’s development from the Greek to the Roman world and to us today.
He is incredibly proud of this series, especially because it was made as a learning collaboration with the Open University and with numerous contributions made by a wide variety of academics across Europe.
Michael will be live tweeting during the programmes from @drmichaelcscott – use #greektheatre2013 to post comments and questions.
Watch a selection of clips from Michael's programmes for the BBC below.