Jan-Georg Deutsch Scholarship in African History, 2018-21
Lady Wallis Budge Prize for Academic Excellence, 2016
I specialise in Egyptian history and language, with an emphasis on Coptic and the early Church. My research builds on the Cult of Saints Project, which is based here in Oxford. I aim to use martyrdoms and saints' lives to explore the vocabulary and motifs associated with visions, and whether there are particular trends for different character types. For this project, I will be working closely with both the Faculty of History and the Griffith Institute in the Faculty of Oriental Studies.
I have a wide range of experience in teaching and heritage management, which I intend to develop during my DPhil by providing undergraduate tutorials in Egyptology and History. I am also trained in archaeological science and excavation, and was involved in the recent work by the University of Liverpool at Nortion Priory. In conjunction with Drs Peter Gethin and Matthew Ponting at the University of Liverpool, I am currently preparing a paper about a series of experiments on the stability of Egyptian blue for publication.
Outside of my research, I enjoy worldbuilding and creating languages, and am currently submitting fiction for publication.
Dwarf burials in ancient Egypt: A contextual study c. 4,500-332 BC (BA dissertation)
The formulation of a methodology and criteria for universally assessing the standard of heritage management: Pilot study using Egypt as its case study (MA dissertation)
Scientific analysis of the effects of acids and alkalis on Egyptian blue pigment (post-MA research)
Agar, C. 2019, 'Narrative in Antiquity'. The Byzantinist 9, 3-8.
Agar, C. 2016, 'Egypt'. Old Members Trust Travel Grant report of University College, Oxford, 6th November.
Conferences and Seminars
Presented the 20-minute paper 'Celebrating sanctity: The public celebrations of saints in Coptic hagiography' at the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies' 20th Annual Postgraduate Colloquium, 1st June 2019, Birmingham
Chaired a session at the 3rd Sudan Studies Conference, 4th May 2019, Oxford
Chaired a sesson at the Oxford University Byzantine Society's 21st International Graduate Conference 2019
Presented the 5-minute paper 'On the representation of visions in selected Coptic hagiographical texts' at the Oxford History Graduate Network Research Showcase, 6th February 2019, Oxford
Presented the 20-minute paper 'Blue vs the world: Scientific analysis of the effects of acids and alkalis on the stability of synthesised Egyptian blue' at the Egyptology Graduate Seminar series, 15th November 2018, Oxford