Ancient World Specialist
Jasmine is a straight talking expert in a variety of ancient cultures. She aims to use her personal and professional experiences to engage the public in relevant and innovative ways to understand the ancient past. She focuses her methods on challenging traditional approaches and uses the modern world as a springboard into the ancient one.
Get To Know Me
Growing up in a mixed race family, in a council estate in the East End of London, Jasmine knows personally how far removed the ancient world can feel from our hectic modern one. Only gaining access to the study of the ancient world at University, she has directed much of her passion into widening participation in the subject for all.
Having spent over 20 years in the field of classical education, in a variety of different schools, she has a wealth of experience in bringing the study of the ancient world to life. She has always maintained a wide interest in all areas of ancient culture; from history to archaeology and even a brief exploration into the field of social anthropology! She is passionate about intertwining these disciplines to gain a full and engaging picture of the lives of the ancients. She believes we are well overdue for a fresh new take on our ancient past.
As a creative, Jasmine has focused her energies on building her media career by developing new and creative ways to represent the ancient world in the public sphere. She does not label herself a traditional "Classicist", but instead an advocate for the wider study of ancient culture.
Jasmine is excited to be working on a variety of new projects, from TV and writing to podcasting. Please contact Jasmine directly or through her management at Stella Media.
For media enquiries please contact Jasmine using the form below
Dragons: Myth and Reality, History Hit
Lost Treasures of Ancient Rome, National Geographic and Channel 4
Unearthed, Atlantis, Discovery Channel (coming soon)
Dragons, History Hit (coming soon)
"Gatekeepers to Heaven" exhibition with The Royal Albert Memorial Museum
Radio & Podcasts
Times Radio, Mariella Frostrup: Behind the headlines, on diversity and inclusion update to the Cambridge Latin Course (2022)
Teachers Talk Radio, The Breakfast Show with Sobia Iqbal (2021)
Legit Classics: With Jasmine Elmer Podcast, Hat Trick Productions (2022)
Let's Talk about myths baby with Liv Albert, Conversations with Jasmine Elmer (2022)
History Hack, Classical monsters and beasts (2023)
Writing & Print
Debut non-fiction, Goddess with a Thousand Faces, Renegade Books, coming Autumn 2024
Interview: Mixed Messages (2023)
Interview: The Guardian on the rewrite of the Cambridge Latin Course (2022)
Interview: Exeter Living magazine (page 66, 2022)
Publication: The Science of Stories, University of Bristol, (2018)
Article: The Good Fight for Working Classicists, (2022)
May 2023 - present
Associate Fellow of the Royal Historical Society
March 2021 - May 2023
Classical Association Trustee
One of the equality, diversity and inclusion officers, championing diversity and informing policy.
September 2017 - July 2018
MA Classics and Ancient History, University of Exeter
September 2004 - July 2005
PGCE in Classics, University of Cambridge
September 2001 - July 2004
BA Hons in Ancient World Studies, University College London
The ancient world belongs to everyone and not just the elite few. I look forward to helping change how we relate to our shared ancestry.