Roman Scholars
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Roman scholar Annette Gieseck honored by University of Delaware       ( 6:12 AM ) Libitina  

Annette Giesecke (second from the right), associate professor of foreign languages and literatures at the University of Delaware, received the institution's Outstanding Teaching Award May 24, 2007. The award is based on student and peer evaluations, alumni testimonials, the number and range of courses offered, involvement in individual instruction, quality of advisement and mentoring, demonstrated commitment to student welfare and development and an acknowledged reputation in teaching.

Giesecke is a professor in UD's classics program, teaching courses in ancient Greek and Latin as well as Greek and Roman literature and civilization in translation. She chaired Ancient Greek and Roman Studies and currently serves as director of Undergraduate Studies.

Her research interests are Latin and Greek poetry, Greek and Roman art and architecture and Utopianism in ancient Greece and Rome. She is the author of The Epic City: Utopia and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome and Atoms, Ataraxy and Allusion: Cross-Generic Imitation of the De Rerum Natura in Early Augustan Poetry.

Giesecke received her bachelor's degree in classics at the University of California at Los Angeles and her doctorate at Harvard University. She taught at Victoria University in New Zealand for four years and then taught at both UCLA and Loyola Marymount University before coming to UD in 1998.

At the ceremony on Honors Day, May 4, Giesecke was cited for her “deep passion for her subject [that] is inspiring to her students and colleagues.”


I am delighted to be part of the University of Delaware's dynamic Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, and I feel that in joining the UD faculty, I have somehow come full circle. Allow me to explain. I am a native of Los Angeles and received my Bachelor's Degree in Classics at UCLA. A degree in Classics was not at all what I had visualized when I enrolled in college, because I intended to pursue a career in genetic engineering. Thanks to my high school ancient history teacher, whose enthralling narratives of the exploits of Alexander the Great kept me quite literally on the edge of my seat, and to my father, who can still recite from memory the proem of Homer's Odyssey which he had learned as a child, I decided to take Ancient Greek just for fun. Once I read the Iliad and the fabulous tales of Herodotus in the original, I was hooked. Upon completing my undergraduate work, I was fortunate enough to be offered a full scholarship to pursue graduate studies in Classical Philology at Harvard. It was in graduate school that I first experienced the seasons, the culture, and the profound sense of history which distinguish the East Coast.

In order to explore the possibility of a career in the museum world, I returned to Los Angeles as a curatorial intern in the Department of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum before writing my dissertation. In the course of my internship, I decided to focus on language and literature and began working on one of my favorite authors, the Roman poet Lucretius, whose powerful verses remain our most complete exposition of Epicurean philosophy. After completing my dissertation on the profound influence of Lucretius on the poetry and ideology of Virgil and Horace, I accepted a position as assistant professor of Classics at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. There I taught courses ranging from Aeschylus' Agamemnon in Greek to Etruscan and Roman Art and Architecture. I also fell deeply in love with the rich Maori culture and the stunning scenery which make New Zealand a truly enchanted place. Four years later I returned to UCLA, this time on the opposite side of the podium. While I was dividing my time between teaching at UCLA and Loyola Marymount University, I was offered my present position at the University of Delaware and a chance to return to the East, now in a teaching capacity.

My interests have always been diverse, and as the field of Classics encompasses such a wide range of disciplines (history, philosophy, rhetoric, prose and poetry of all varieties, art, and archaeology included) it is the ideal field for me with respect to both research and teaching. My research interests are Latin poetry, particularly the epic poetry of Lucretius and Virgil; Greek tragedy; the Homeric epics; the relation between texts and images; and ancient painting. It is, however, Lucretius and his keen observation of phenomena in the natural world, the fervor of his essentially utopian vision, and the magnitude of his influence which remain the focus of my work. Strangely, Lucretius has never been regarded as a utopian author, and in applying the increasingly popular theories of utopics to the analysis of his verses, my aim is to demonstrate just how timely and relevant Classical antiquity remains.

As a teacher, I am a strong believer in the holistic approach to Classical antiquity. That is, I attempt to give students the broadest possible vision of the Greek and Roman world in literature, language, and myth courses alike by mingling historical material with ample illustrations of material culture as expressed in the arts, architecture, and other physical remains. Above all, my desire is to ensure that the study of Classics-the very roots of the Western heritage-remains alive and to demonstrate the versatility and usefulness of Classics as a major. Students who have had a Classical education are increasingly sought after by professional schools and businesses because they demonstrate the ability to write and reason, and this makes it especially exciting for me to be an integral part of the University's Classics program. "


The Epic City: Urbanism, Utopia, and the Garden in Ancient Greece and Rome (Hellenic Studies Series)

"As Greek and Trojan forces battled in the shadow of Troy's wall, Hephaistos created a wondrous, ornately decorated shield for Achilles. At the Shield's center lay two walled cities, one at war and one at peace, surrounded by fields and pasturelands. Viewed as Homer's blueprint for an ideal, or utopian, social order, the Shield reveals that restraining and taming Nature would be fundamental to the Hellenic urban quest. It is this ideal that Classical Athens, with her utilitarian view of Nature, exemplified. In a city lacking pleasure gardens, it was particularly worthy of note when Epicurus created his garden oasis within the dense urban fabric. The disastrous results of extreme anthropocentrism would promote an essentially nostalgic desire to break down artificial barriers between humanity and Nature. This new ideal, vividly expressed through the domestication of Nature in villas and gardens and also through primitivist and Epicurean tendencies in Latin literature, informed the urban endeavors of Rome."

Journal for the Society for Utopian Studies:

Giesecke, Annette Lucia, Beyond the Garden of Epicurus: The Utopics of the Ideal Roman Villa 12.2 (2001): 13-32.

Giesecke, Annette Lucia, Lucretius and Virgil's Pastoral Dream 10.2 (1999): 1-15.

Office: 111 Jastak-Burgess Hall
Phone: 831-0545


Sunday, April 29, 2007
Jo-Ann Shelton, University of California at Santa Barbara       ( 6:28 AM ) Libitina  

Telephone: 805-893-3806 Email:

Ph.D., Berkeley 1974
Roman social and cultural history; Attitudes toward animals in the ancient and modern world; Roman and Greek tragedy; Roman epistolography.

>>Click here for a full CV


  • As the Romans Did (second edition, Oxford 1998)
  • Seneca's Hercules Furens: Theme, Structure, and Style (Göttingen 1978)
  • Slavery and the Roman Literary Imagination (Cambridge University Press, 2000)
Abstract: "The study of slavery poses significant challenges for classical scholars. Slaves were numerous and ubiquitous in Roman society, and their almost constant presence surely affected the thoughts and behaviors of free persons. Many ancient writers, from almost every genre, provide information about the practice of slavery, but they do not describe what it was like to be a free person surrounded by and dependent upon other human beings whom one considered inferior, yet essential. The proverb quoted by Seneca, totidem hostes esse quot servos, reveals that the pleasures and profits of slave ownership were accompanied by anxieties. These anxieties are the topic of this engaging book. Fitzgerald analyzes representations of slavery in literary texts in order to illuminate the ways in which slave owners imagined, structured and interpreted their experiences of being attended by servants. In the introduction, Fitzgerald provides several definitions of the phrase "living with slaves," which he uses throughout to denote the situation of the slave owner. (Fitzgerald generally uses the noun "master" to designate the dominant figure in the relationship, and masculine pronouns to refer to slaves.) He notes that the Romans inherited from the Athenians a conceptual structure that defined slavery and freedom, like body and mind, as polar opposites, but he suggests that it was difficult to reconcile this [End Page 599] theoretical opposition with the various interactions between slaves and free persons in everyday life."

Selected Articles

  • "Putting Women in Their Place: Gender, Species and Hierarchy in Apuleius' Metamorphoses", in Defining Gender and Genre in Latin Literature, Peter Lang, New York (2005), pp. 301 - 329
  • "Dancing and Dying: The Display of Elephants in Ancient Rome Arenas", Daimonopylai, (ed. M. Joyal and R. Egan, Winnipeg 2004) 363-38
  • "The Spectacle of Death in Seneca's Troades", Seneca in Performance, (ed. George Harrison, London 2000) 87-118
  • "Elephants, Pompey and the Reports of Popular Displeasure in 55 B.C.", Veritatis Amicitiaeque Causa, (ed. S. Byrne and E. Cueva, Wauconda 1999) 231-271
  • "The Contributions of Ancient Greek Philosophy to the Modern Debates about Animal Use", Ancient Greece and the Modern World, (Patras 1998) 85-93
  • "Family Matters: The Structure and Dynamics of the Ancient Roman Family", Laetaberis 11 (1996) 1-27
  • "The Use and Abuse of Animals in Lucretius, De Rerum Natura", Eranos 94 (1996) 1-26
  • "Paradigm and Persuasion in Seneca's Ad Marciam", Classica et Medievalia 46 (1995) 157-188
  • "Contracts with Animals: Lucretius, De Rerum Natura", Between the Species 11 (1995) 115-121
  • "The Display of Elephants in the Ancient Roman Arena", ISAZ Newsletter (2001) 2-6

Sunday, March 11, 2007
Dr. Ray Howell, University of Wales, Newport       ( 9:02 AM ) Libitina  
"For over a decade, Dr Howell has directed excavations at the decayed medieval urban site at Trelech, near Monmouth, in what was, in the 13th century, one of the two largest towns in Wales. Excavations there, largely conducted by UWCN undergraduate and postgraduate students, have revealed evidence of a presumed medieval hospice site, a motte and bailey castle, and large scale medieval and 17th century iron working.

Recently, Dr. Howell played an active part in the campaign to save the Newport Ship, an important late medieval vessel uncovered by workmen who were excavating the site for a new arts centre on the banks of the River Usk. The ship, which was dated to c.1465, has now been saved for posterity. During the campaign Dr Howell, who is the Council for British Archaeology’s honorary education officer for Wales, managed to enlist the support of Welsh actor and Hollywood star, Sir Anthony Hopkins, gaining some valuable publicity for the campaign.

Dr Howell is also currently working on the new five-volume Gwent County History. He is co-editing Volume I, Gwent from earliest times to the Norman conquest with Professor Miranda Aldhouse-Green of UWCN, and Volume II, Gwent from the Norman conquest to the Tudor accession, with Tony Hopkins of the Gwent County Record Office.

Dr. Howell’s research activities have attracted considerable media interest, with contributions to programmes for the BBC, HTV, S4C, Radio Wales, Radio Cymru and the BBC World Service. His most recent television appearance was in S4C’s major new series “Y Pompeii Cyntaf” which was broadcast in October and subsequently shown twice on S4C Digital." - Council for British Archaeology


Sunday, January 14, 2007
Thomas Samuel Burns       ( 7:08 AM ) Libitina  

Dr. Thomas Samuel Burns
Emory University
Ph.D. The University of Michigan, 1974 under the co-direction of Sylvia L. Thrupp and John W. Eadie

Work in Progress:

Comparative Study of Late Roman Urbanism in Pamphylia (southcentral Turkey) and the German Provinces on the Rhine and Upper Danube, being done in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Archaeological Excavation of a Late Roman/ Early Medieval farmstead at Babarc, Hungary, 1989 to the present, renewed field excavations to run May through July 1998 with Prof. Drs. H. Bender and Z. Visy, technical analysis of findings and publication in progress.

“The Barbarian Invasion in the West: the First Generation, Initial Contacts, Confrontations, and Settlements.” As part of the encyclopedic Aufstieg und Niedergang der RÄmischen Welt. Geschichte und Kultur Roms in Spiegel der neueren Forschung ed. Wolfgang Haase. Professor Haase has set aside 50-80 pages of type for my contribution to the section “Politische Geschichte: Provinzen und Radvolker” of part three of the project on late antiquity.

Valentinian I (364-75 AD): An Iron Man with Vision a biography of one of the last great Roman leaders. He is the only remaining major Roman Emperor without a modern biography for whom amble evidence exists.


1) Excavation of a Roman Military Watchtower, ca. 350-425 AD, at Passau-Haibach, with Prof. Dr. H. Bender, 1978 and 79.

2) Excavation of a Pre-Roman, Celtic Oppidum at Manching near Ingolstadt, a section with Prof. Dr. H. Bender, under the overall supervision of F. Maier, Römisch-Germanische Kommission, 1985.

3) Excavation of a Late Roman farmstead at Babarc near Mohacs, Hungary, 1989 – 99, Field Director, May through July, 1998. With Prof. Dr. Z. Visy, University of Pécs and Prof. Dr. Helmut Bender, Universität Passau. Publication in progress, anticipated 2005.

4) The traveling coin exhibition, “Rome and the Germans as Seen in Coinage,” originally organized in 1987, is now at its second venue in Australia after being shown at thirty locations in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. This exhibit is co-organized with Prof. Dr. Bernhard Overbeck, Staatliche Münzsammlung, München.


1) The Ostrogoths; Kingship and Society, Historia, Einzelschriften, No. 36, Franz Steiner Verlag, Wiesbaden, 1980.

2) A History of the Ostrogoths, Indiana University Press, Bloomington,1984. A selection of the History Book Club.

3) Rome and the Germans as Seen in Coinage, with Bernhard H. Overbeck (Emory University, Atlanta, 1987). A catalog for the exhibition.

4) Barbarians Within the Gates of Rome: Roman Military Policy and the Barbarians, ca. 375-425 A.D. Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 1994. A selection of the History Book Club.

5) Urban Centers and Rural Contexts in Late Antiquity, with John W. Eadie (East Lansing, Michigan State University Press, 2001)

6) Rome and the Barbarians, 100 BC to AD 400, (Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003). A selection of the History Book Club, the Discover Book Club, and the Reader’s Subscription Book Club.
Recent articles:

"The Twilight of Roman Raetia: An End and a Beginning," Exegesti Monumentum Aere Perennius: Essays in Honor of John Frederick Charles (Indianapolis, 1994) pp.1-18.

"Alaric, Stilicho and Radagaisus (402-06): Reflections upon Limits and Realities," in Minorities and Barbarians in Medieval Life and Thought [v.7, Sewanee Medieval Studies, ed. Susan Ridyard, Sewanee, TN, 1996] pp.141-58.

"Extending the Fulbright Teaching Experience: Internet Distance Learning," The Funnel. Newsmagazine of the German - American Fulbright Commission, 33.3 (Summer, 1997) pp.50-52.

"Imperial Propaganda and the Barbarians: Marius, Caesar, and Augustus," Humanitas – Beiträge zur antiken Kulturgeschichte. Festschrift für Gunther Gottlieb zum 65. Geburtstag, P. Barcelo and V. Rosenberger, eds. (Schriften der Philosophischen Fakultäten der Universität Augsburg, v.65, Munich, 2001) pp.63-79.

Medieval Italy. An Encyclopedia, edited by Christopher Kleinhenz, entries for Amalasuntha, Ostrogoths, Theodahad, Theodoric, Totila, and Witigis (Routledge, New York and London, 2004.

Recent Papers:

"Evolving Platforms of Roman and Barbarian Interaction, ca. 100 BC – AD 450," SUNY at Geneseo, Annual History Department Distinquished Lecture, September, 2000.

"Sometimes Bitter Friends, Romans, Barbarians, and the Birth of Europe," Tulane University, 29 October 2001.

“The Film Gladiator and Real Barbarians, Ancient and Modern,” Saint Marks’ College, Adelaide, Australia, September 2002.

“Perspective on Romans and Barbarians, ca. 100 BC – AD 400,” Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, September 2002.

“Hidden Realities: Foreigners on Rome Coinage,” Classical Association of South Australia meeting in Adelaide, October 2002.

“Time and Change as Seen from the Roman Attitudes towards Barbarians,” Post-Graduate Seminar in Classics and General Linguistics, University of Adelaide, Australia, October 2002.

“The Decline of the Ancient City in Late Roman Pamphylia, Southcentral Turkey,” University of Adelaide, Australia, October 2002.

“Rome and the Barbarians, 100 BC – AD 400,” Smithsonian Institution, November 2003.

“Jobs, Markets, and the Transformations of Roman Frontiers,” The Society for Hungarian Antiquities and the Pannonius University of Pécs, Hungary, June 2004.



Sunday, December 10, 2006
Richard P. Saller, new dean of Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences       ( 7:59 AM ) Libitina  

Stanford News Service:
University of Chicago Provost Richard P. Saller will be the next dean of Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S). Saller is the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History and Classics at the University of Chicago. His research has concentrated on Roman social and economic history, in particular patronage relations and the family. He is interested in the use of literary, legal and epigraphic materials to investigate issues of social hierarchy and gender distinctions. He has taught there since 1984 and became dean of the Social Sciences Division in 1994 and provost in 2002. Prior to his tenure at Chicago, he was an assistant professor at Swarthmore College. He has held visiting professorships and fellowships at the University of California-Berkeley and Jesus College, Cambridge.

He is the author of several books, including Patriarchy, Property and Death in the Roman Family and Personal Patronage Under the Early Empire.

Saturday, December 02, 2006
Prof. Alan K. Bowman MA, PhD (Tor) FBA, Oxford University       ( 11:52 AM ) Libitina  

Prof. Alan K. Bowman MA, PhD (Tor) FBA

Camden Professor of Ancient History, Faculty of Classics
Fellow, Brasenose College
Director, Vindolanda Writing Tablets
Director, Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents

Brasenose College

Tel: (01865) 277874

Research Interests

Roman History and Papyrology

Selected Recent Publications

1994: The Vindolanda Writing Tablets (with J. D. Thomas), Tabulae Vindolandenses II British Museum Press.
1999: 'Agriculture in Egypt from Pharaonic to Modern Times' (with E. Rogan), Proceedings of the British Academy 96, Oxford.
2000: 'Urbanization in Roman Egypt', in Romanization and the City. Creation, transformations and failures ( ed. E. Fentress), Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement, 38, 173-87.
2000: Cambridge Ancient History Vol. 11 'The High Empire' (with P.D.A. Garnsey, D.W.Rathbone), Cambridge.
2002: 'Recolonising Egypt,' in Classics in Progress: Essays on Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. T.P.Wiseman, British Academy, 193-224.
2003: Life and Letters on the Roman Frontier. Vindolanda and its People (New edition), British Museum Press, London.
2003: The Vindolanda Writing-Tablets (Tabulae Vindolandenses III) (with J.D.Thomas), British Museum Press, London, III.

Saturday, November 25, 2006
Dr. Craige B. Champion, Syracuse University       ( 7:03 AM ) Libitina  

Craige B. Champion
Associate Professor of History
Department Chair

145 Eggers Hall / Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY 13244-1020
Tel. 315-443-2594 / Fax 315-443-5876

Academic Specialization

Ancient Greek and Roman History, Greek and Roman Historiography, Ethnic Identity Formation in Classical Antiquity, Politics of Culture in Ancient Greece and Rome, Greek Democracy and Republican Rome, Imperialism in Classical Antiquity


1. B.A. History, summa cum laude, College of New Jersey, 1984
2. Summer Latin/Greek Institute (CUNY), New York, New York: 1984 (Greek); 1986 (Latin)
3. M.A. Classics, Princeton University, 1989
4. PhD. Program of the History, Archaeology and Religions of the Ancient World, Princeton University, 1993
5. PhD. Classics, Princeton University, 1993

Recent Rome-related publications:

Roman Imperialism: Readings and Sources, Editor. Oxford: Basil Blackwell, 2004. Interpreting Ancient History Series. (ISBN 0-631-23118-8 hardback; 0-631-23119-6 paperback)

"Romans as Barbaroi: Three Polybian Speeches and the Politics of Cultural Indeterminacy," Classical Philology 95 (2000) 425-44

"Roman Classic Biases and Greek Political Strategies in the Second Century BC." Conference: Class
Struggles in Ancient Greece, 15-16 April, 2005, Scripps College, Claremont, CA, 4/16/05

"Roman Religion and Roman Statecraft in the Second Century BCE." Third International Conference on Hierarchy and Power in the History of Civilizations (Russian Academy of Sciences), Moscow,
Russia, 6/18/04

"Religion as a Mechanism for Social Control in the Roman Republic (ca. 220-ca. 185 BCE)." Workshop in Religion and Society, Department of History, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, 3/26/04

Friday, September 08, 2006
John R. Hale       ( 9:12 AM ) Libitina  

"John R. Hale is the Director of Liberal Studies at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. He earned his B.A. at Yale University and his Ph.D. at Cambridge University in England. Dr. Hale teaches introductory courses on archaeology, as well as more specialized courses on the Bronze Age, the ancient Greeks, the Roman world, Celtic cultures, Vikings, and on nautical and underwater archaeology.

Dr. Hale's writing has been published in the journal Antiquity, The Classical Bulletin, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, and Scientific American. He is also the author of Lords of the Sea, a book about the ancient Athenian navy. Dr. Hale has received many awards for distinguished teaching, including the Panhellenic Teacher of the Year Award and the Delphi Center Award.

An accomplished instructor, Dr. Hale is also an archaeologist with more than 30 years of fieldwork experience. He has excavated at a Romano-British town in Lincolnshire, England, and at the Roman Villa of Torre de Palma in Portugal. He has also carried out interdisciplinary studies of ancient oracle sites in Greece and Turkey, including the famous Delphic Oracle, and participated in an undersea search in Greek waters for lost fleets from the time of the Persian Wars." - The Teaching Company

B.A, Yale University, 1973
Honors: Lang Award for Classical Archaeology

Ph.D. in Archaeology, Cambridge University, 1979
Dissertation: Bronze Age Boats of Scandinavia

Recent publications:

A Report on the tombs and human skeletal remains at the Paleo-Christian basilica of Torre de Palma," Reunio d'Arqueologia Christiana Hispanica, IV, Barcelona, 1995.

"The lost technology of Ancient Greek rowing," Scientific American, May, 1996.

"The villa of Torre de Palma," Journal of Roman Archaeology, Vol. 9, 1996.

"Phormio Crosses the T," The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Vol. 8, 1996

"General Phormio's Art of War," Polis and Polemos: Essays on Politics, War, and History in Ancient Greece in Honor of Donald Kagan, California, 1997.

"The Viking Longship," Scientific American, February 1998.

"The Geological Origins of the Oracle at Delphi, Greece," (with Jelle de Boer) in The Archaeology of Geological Catastrophes, W.J. McGuive et al., eds., London 2000

Field Work

Fieldworker at Yale University survey of the Eli Whitney historical site, New Haven, Connecticut, 1972.

Field archaeologist at the University of Nottingham excavations at Dragonby, a Roman-British site in Lincolshire, 1972.

Survey of Bronze Age rock art in Southern Norway and Southwest Sweden, 1977.

Field director for Phase II survey of Riverfront Industrial Park, Jefferson County, Kentucky, 1980.

Field director for Phase I and II investigations of Otter Creek Park, Meade County, Kentucky, 1980-1981.

Field Director for University of Louisville's excavations at Roman Villa of Torre de Palma, 1984-present.

Archaeologist for interdisciplinary study of Geology and Monuments at Delphi, Greece, 1996-present.

Contact information:


Wednesday, August 02, 2006
Garrett G. Fagan       ( 12:17 PM ) Libitina  

Garrett G. Fagan
Associate Professor (from 1 July 2002) in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and History
Pennsylvania State University
Ph.D., McMaster University

"Garrett G. Fagan has taught at The Pennsylvania State University since 1996. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He received his Ph.D. from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and has held teaching positions at McMaster University, York University (Canada), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Davidson College, and, The Pennsylvania State University. In all of these institutions, students have given very high ratings to his courses on the classical world. He has also given numerous public lectures to audiences of all ages.

Professor Fagan has an extensive research record in Roman history and has held a prestigious Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship at the University of Cologne, Germany. He has published numerous articles in international journals, and his first monograph, Bathing in Public in the Roman World, was published by the University of Michigan Press in 1999. He has also edited a volume from Routledge on the phenomenon of pseudoarchaeology (2005). His current research project is on spectatorship at the Roman arena, and he is also working on a book on ancient warfare." - The Teaching Company

PhD DISSERTATION: Three Studies in Roman Public Bathing: Origins, Growth and Social Aspects

RESEARCH INTERESTS: Ancient history (society, politics, and culture); Latin epigraphy




Bathing in Public in the Roman World. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999.

Paperback edition, March 2002.

(with Paul Murgatroyd), From Augustus to Nero: An Intermediate Latin Reader. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Successes, Failures and Mediocrities: Ahenobarbi and Pisones in an Age of Transiton. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press


Roman Studies

  • "Pliny Naturalis Historia 36.121 and the Number of Balnea in Early Augustan Rome." Classical Philology 88 (1993): 333-35.
  • "Sergius Orata: Inventor of the Hypocaust?" Phoenix 50 (1996): 56-66 [An earlier version was delivered at the APA/AIA Annual Meeting, December 1992.]
  • "The Reliability of Roman Rebuilding Inscriptions." Papers of the British School at Rome 64 (1996): 81-93.
  • "Gifts of Gymnasia: A Test Case for Reading Quasi-Technical Jargon in Latin Inscriptions." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 124 (1999): 263-75
  • "Interpreting the Evidence: Did Slaves Bathe at the Baths," in D. E. Johnston and J. DeLaine (edd.), Roman Baths and Bathing (Portsmouth, RI, JRA Supplementary Series 37, 1999), 25-34.
  • "Tiberius;" "Gaius (Caligula);" "Claudius;" "Tiberius Gemellus;" "Drusus Caesar;" "Nero Caesar;" "Britannicus;" "Messalina;" "Drusus Claudius Nero;" "Drusus Tiberi f.;" "Germanicus;" "Agrippinae Maior et Minor." Entries out or forthcoming in De imperatoribus Romanis. An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Emperors (Articles at this site are peer-reviewed.)
  • "Hygenic Conditions in Roman Public Baths," in G. Jansen, ed., Cura Aquarum in Sicilia (Leiden, 2000), page numbers not yet available
  • "The Genesis of the Roman Public Bath: Recent Approaches and Future Directions," American Journal of Archaeology 105 (2001): 403-26.
  • "Messalina's Folly," in Classical Quarterly 52 (2002): forthcoming.
  • "Leisure," in D. Potter (ed.) The Blackwell Companion to the Roman Empire (Oxford: Blackwell, 2002): forthcoming.

Contact information:

108 Weaver Building
University Park
PA 16802-5500
Tel: (814) 863-0091
Fax: (814) 863-7840


Thursday, May 18, 2006
Matthew B. Roller       ( 9:38 AM ) Libitina  

Johns Hopkins University: "Matthew Roller is a Romanist who is engaged with the literature, history, art, philosophy, and culture most broadly of the ancient Roman world. He is the author of Constructing Autocracy: Aristocrats and Emperors in Julio-Claudian Rome, which appeared in 2001 from Princeton University Press. This book examines the processes by which aristocrats of the early Imperial period negotiated the nature and scope of the Roman emperor's authority in the context of the emerging autocratic regime.

He is also interested in Roman foodways and in the history of the body. These interests are brought together in a monograph, Dining posture in ancient Rome: bodies, values, and status, appearing from Princeton University Press in Spring 2006. This book investigates the social practices and ideologies associated with the three bodily dispositions-reclining, sitting, and standing-that were available to Romans of different ages, sexes, and social statuses when dining."

See related post in "Academic Presentations On The Roman Empire".

Office: 118 Gilman Hall
Phone: 410-516-5095

Friday, May 12, 2006
Gregory Aldrete, University of Wisconsin, Green Bay       ( 2:46 PM ) Libitina  

I noticed an article about Professor Gregory Aldrete of the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, presenting a program about Roman oratory to a local group. He sounded like a very interesting and motivated scholar so I checked out his webpage:

"After earning my undergraduate degree from Princeton University and my Ph.D in ancient history from the University of Michigan, I joined the History Department at UWGB in 1995. I teach classes in History and Humanistic Studies including: Foundations of Western Culture I, Perspectives on Human Values: The Classical World, History of Ancient Greece, History of Ancient Rome, Topics in Ancient History, and Interdisciplinary Themes and Great Works courses.

My particular areas of research interest are the social and economic history of the Roman Empire, rhetoric and oratory, and urban problems in the ancient world. My major publications include a number of books, among them, Floods of the Tiber in Ancient Rome, (Johns Hopkins 2006), Gestures and Acclamations in Ancient Rome (Johns Hopkins, 1999), Daily Life in the Roman City: Rome, Pompeii and Ostia (Greenwood, 2004), and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Daily Life in the Ancient World (Greenwood, 2004), as well as various chapters in books and articles. Currently I am writing a college textbook for use in Western Civilization survey classes which is under contract with McGraw Hill. I have been fortunate enough to have held a number of fellowships which have enhanced my understanding of the ancient world and made possible research trips to Italy to view museum collections and archaeological sites. Most pleasant of these were two NEH fellowships which allowed me to spend several summers at the American Academy in Rome. Recently, I was also awarded a full-year NEH Humanities Fellowship for 2004-2005 which enabled me to spend the year finishing my book on floods. In the summer of 2006 I will attend an NEH seminar at UCLA that will investigate using high-tech three-dimensional virtual reality models of ancient Rome as aids to teaching and research.

I firmly believe in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the ancient world which combines history, philology, archaeology, and art history and which uses both textual and physical evidence. For me, some of the most exciting moments of my research, such as examining 1,500 year old manuscripts at the Vatican Library, have involved physical evidence, and I have tried to incorporate this approach into my teaching as well, by bringing artifacts such as coins into the classroom and by always emphasizing the close reading of a variety of primary sources. As a teacher, my goals are to convey to my students a bit of the enthusiasm for and fascination with the ancient world that I feel, and to show some of the connections between that world and our own."

Contact Info:

Office: 369 Theatre Hall
phone: (920) 465-2467

Mailing address:
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
2420 Nicolet Dr., Theatre Hall 331
Green Bay, WI 54311

I think he makes a very formidable looking legionary as well! He has some great pictures of his students undergoing Roman army training too!


Friday, May 05, 2006
Jane Biers Retires from Missouri University       ( 11:09 AM ) Libitina  

Former Adjunct Professor and Director, Museum of Art and Archaeology
Roman Archaeology, Curator of Ancient Art
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley

"Archaeology has taken Jane Biers many places in her life; from the forgotten Roman outposts of England, where she witnessed her first excavations, to the sprawl of Athens, where she met her husband, to the fledgling young museum of an American university town, where she carved out her place in the world.

When she stepped down as interim director of MU?s Museum of Art and Archaeology last month, Biers was retiring for the second time from a university career that spanned more than 3½ decades.

It was language that first drew Biers, 67, down the winding career path that would lead her to Columbia ? not the romance of digging up ancient treasures, nor the adventurous crack of a bullwhip. In the late 1950s, she was growing up in Oxford, England, where Latin was a required part of high school-level curriculum.

"It wasn't that I always wanted to be an archaeologist," Biers said. "It's just I sort of progressed from Latin to learning (ancient) Greek to learning ancient history."

She was in the right place at the right time: a town home to one of the oldest and most reputable universities for the study of classical literature, philosophy and history ? or ?Greats.? Biers attended Oxford University for her undergraduate degree. At Oxford, she was granted the opportunity to work at important new dig sites: St. Albans, once home to the Roman city of Verulamium, and Fishbourne, a first-century villa likely inhabited by the local Roman puppet king."


As an archaeologist, Jane Biers? research interests have been focused on Roman Baths. Her most recent publication on the subject can be found in Corinth, the Centenary, 1896-1996, Corinth v. 20. As curator of ancient art at the Museum of Art and Archaeology from 1974-2000, she has, however, been involved in a number of other research projects. Her most recent publications are Testament of Time: Selected Objects from the Collection of Palestinian Antiquities in the Museum of Art and Archaeology, University of Missouri-Columbia (2004), which she edited with James Terry. She was also the editor of A Peaceable Kingdom: Animals in Ancient Art from the Leo Mildenberg Collection, Part VI (2004).

mailing address:
Museum of Art and Archaeology
1 Pickard Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-1420

phone: 573-882-5075
fax: 573-884-4039

Monday, April 17, 2006
Josiah Osgood, Georgetown University       ( 10:37 AM ) Libitina  

"Josiah Osgood is Assistant Professor of Classics at Georgetown University, where he lectures on Roman history and Latin literature. He undertook his graduate studies at Yale University where his doctoral dissertation was awarded the John Addison Porter prize for outstanding academic writing.

His first book, Caesar's Legacy : Civil War and the Emergence of the Roman Empire, was published in February 2006 by the Cambridge University Press. His research interests are Roman social history, Late Republican culture and the Age of Augustus.

Contact information
Work: 202-687-7102

Friday, February 24, 2006
Susan E. Alcock, University of Michigan       ( 3:49 PM ) Libitina  

John H. D'Arms Collegiate Professor of
Classical Archaeology and Classics

Current research: A project in Armenia.

"Armenia is very interesting for anyone intrigued with the archaeology of memory because it's a country that has a very strong sense of itself through time--Armenians would say it's the first Christian nation, for instance. One tempting thing about our project is that in Armenia there hasn't been that much scholarly attention paid to the Hellenistic, Roman, and Parthian periods--which are what interest me as a classical archaeologist."

"...most of the archaeology done there so far has also been in the Soviet tradition. So techniques that are quite familiar today in the Mediterranean, such as regional survey, are unfamiliar in the Caucasus. On the other hand, the local archaeologists have wonderful knowledge and control of, for example, their ceramic data. So we hope to marry these two traditions, and do something new and very exciting."

Special Interests: Hellenistic and Roman East, landscape archaeology, archaeological survey, archaeology of imperialism

Selected Publications: Graecia Capta: The Landscapes of Roman Greece, Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece (co-editor); The Early Roman Empire in the East (editor); Pausanias: Travel and Memory in Roman Greece (co-editor; forthcoming); Empires (editor, forthcoming)

2172 Angell Hall
(734) 936-3888

Thursday, February 23, 2006
Philip A. Harland, Concordia University       ( 2:58 PM ) Libitina  

Philip A. Harland is presently Assistant Professor (Social and Cultural History of Christianity) in the Religion Department of Concordia University, Montreal. He received his bachelor?s degree in both History and Religious Studies from the University of Waterloo before pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto. His master?s degree and doctorate in Christian origins and the religions of antiquity came from the Centre for the Study of Religion. Before assuming his present position at Concordia, his was teaching at several universities in Ontario, including Wilfrid Laurier University, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, York University, and McMaster University. His teaching and research focus on the comparative study of Judaism, Christianity, and other religions in ancient society, as well as the social history of the Greco-Roman world generally.

He is currently leading a multi-year seminar within the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies focussed on studying the intersection of religion and travel in antiquity (including pilgrimage, travel to promote the efficacy of a God or gods, ethnography and travel-writing). Furthermore, he is in the midst of preparing a book-length study on the dynamics of identity in the world of the early Christians (especially familial dimensions of group identity). Another of his ongoing projects investigates acculturation and identity among immigrant groups in the Greco-Roman world, shedding light on Judeans in the diaspora. He also has teaching interests in the social and cultural history of Christianity from origins to present generally, as well as the place of women and issues of gender within that history.



Associations, Synagogues, and Congregations: Claiming a Place in Ancient Mediterranean Society. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2003.

(Winner of the F. W. Beare Book Award, Canadian Society of Biblical Studies, 2004)

Articles in Refereed Journals
(Click on blue highlighted titles to view online articles)


?Acculturation and Identity in the Diaspora: A Jewish Family and ?Pagan? Guilds at Hierapolis,? Journal of Jewish Studies (forthcoming, accepted for publication).

?Familial Dimensions of Group Identity (II): ?Mothers? and ?Fathers? in Associations and Synagogues of the Greek World,? Journal for the Study of Judaism (forthcoming, accepted for publication).


?Familial Dimensions of Group Identity: ?Brothers? (???????) in Associations of the Greek East,? Journal of Biblical Literature 124 (2005) 491-513.


?Christ-bearers and Fellow-initiates: Local Cultural Life and Christian Identity in Ignatius? Letters,? Journal of Early Christian Studies 11 (2003) 481-99.

?Imperial Cults within Local Cultural Life: Associations in Roman Asia,? Ancient History Bulletin / Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 17 (2003) 85-107.


?Honouring the Emperor or Assailing the Beast: Participation in Civic Life among Associations (Jewish, Christian and Other) in Asia Minor and the Apocalypse of John,? Journal for the Study of the New Testament 77 (2000) 99-121.


?Honours and Worship: Emperors, Imperial Cults and Associations at Ephesus (first to third centuries c.e.),? Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 25 (1996) 319-34.

Articles in Books and Reference Works


The Declining Polis? Religious Rivalries in Ancient Civic Context,? in Religious Rivalries and Relations Among Pagans, Jews, and Christians, edited by Leif E. Vaage. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press (forthcoming).

?Associations and the City,? in Associations in the Ancient World: Cults, Guilds and Collegia, co-authored with John S. Kloppenborg and Richard Ascough. Berlin: de Gruyter (forthcoming).


?Spheres of Contention, Claims of Preeminence: Rivalries Among Associations in Sardis and Smyrna,? in Religious Rivalries and the Struggle for Success in Sardis and Smyrna, edited by Richard Ascough, pp. 53-63. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2005.


?Connections with Elites in the World of the Early Christians,? in Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches, edited by Anthony J. Blasi, Paul-André Turcotte, and Jean Duhaime, pp. 385-408. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2002.

?The Economy of First Century Palestine: The State of Scholarly Discussion,? in Handbook of Early Christianity: Social Science Approaches, edited by Anthony J. Blasi, Paul-André Turcotte, and Jean Duhaime, pp. 511-27. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press, 2002.


?Bithynia,? ?Mysia,? ?Pamphylia,? and ?Perga,? in Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible, edited by D.N. Freedman, A.B. Beck and A.C. Myers. Grand Rapids: Eerdman, 2000."



Thursday, February 16, 2006
Dr Philip de Souza       ( 3:45 PM ) Libitina  

UCD - School of Classics: "BA, MA, PhD (Lond.), FRHistS

College Lecturer
Tel. 353 1 716 8170
Room K206, John Henry Newman Building

Research Interests
Greek and Roman social and economic history, esp. warfare and piracy.

Recent Publications

* The Greek and Persian Wars 499-387 BC (Osprey, January 2003).
* The Peloponnesian War 431-404 BC (Osprey, November 2002).
* Seafaring and Civilisation: Maritime Perspectives on World History (London: Profile 2001; paperback edition June 2002). German edition: Seefahrt und Zivilisation (Hamburg: marebuchverlag 2003).
* Piracy in the Graeco-Roman World (Cambridge University Press 1999: paperback edition April 2002).
* Beyond the Horizon: locating the enemy in ancient naval warfare. In: J. Andreau & C. Virlouvet (eds.), Mer et circulation de l?information dans le monde antique (?cole Fran?aise de Rome, 2002).
* Western Mediterranean Ports in the Roman Empire: First Century BC to Sixth Century A.D. The Journal of Mediterranean Studies 10 (2001) 229-254.
* Articles on: ?Mycenaean and Homeric Warfare 1600-600 BC?, ?The Persian Wars 490-448 BC?, ?The Peloponnesian Wars 480-404 BC? and ?Hellenistic and Macedonian Warfare 400-200?, ?Ancient and Classical Warfare?. In: The Reader?s Guide to Military History, ed. C. Messenger (London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001).
* Ancient Rome and the Pirates. History Today (July 2001) 24-31."

Alexander Thein, University College Dublin       ( 3:40 PM ) Libitina  
Alexander Thein: "Contacts


Tel. 353 1 716 8662

Room K204, Arts Building
Research interests

Roman Archaeology, esp. the topography of the city of Rome; Roman Republican History, esp. the Sullan Dictatorship.
Recent Publications

Ad Pictas and the Junction of the Via Latina and Via Labicana. In: Papers of the British School at Rome 73 (2005, forthcoming).

Sulla the ?Weak? Tyrant. In: Sian Lewis (ed.), Tyrants and Autocrats in the Classical World (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming).

Sullan veteran settlements. In: Papers of the British School at Rome 72 (2004) 363-4.

Review of Francis Cairns and Elaine Fantham (eds.), Caesar against Liberty? Perspectives on his Autocracy, Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 11 (Cambridge: Francis Cairns [Publications], 2003). In: Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004) 239.

Review of Karl Christ, Sulla. Eine r?mische Karriere (Munich: C. H. Beck, 2002). In: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.03.08 (

David Woods, University College, CORK (National University of Ireland)       ( 3:14 PM ) Libitina  
David Woods, Ancient Classics, UCC: "David Woods graduated with a 1st class BA in Greek and Latin from St. Patrick's College, Maynooth, in 1987. He did his postgraduate research at the Queen's University of Belfast under the supervision of Dr. Raymond Davis. He obtained his PhD in 1991 for his thesis ?The Christianization of the Roman Army in the Fourth Century.?

He then worked in the Rescue and Insolvency Division of the chartered accountants Coopers & Lybrand, Belfast. He taught Latin for a year (1995-96) at St. Patrick's Classical School, Navan, Co. Meath, before obtaining a temporary appointment in the Department of Ancient Classics, St. Patrick's College, Maynooth (1996-98). He is now College Lecturer at the Department of Ancient Classics at UCC, teaching language courses and Roman history.

Research Interests

* The Reigns of Caligula and Nero
* The Reign of Constantine I
* The Latin Historian Ammianus Marcellinus (c. AD390)
* The Military Martyrs
* Early Hiberno-Latin Texts
* The Byzantine Chronicler Theophanes (c. AD814)
* The Arab-Byzantine Conflict in the 7th Century"

Recent publications:
  1. ?The Constantinian Origin of Justina (Themistius, Or.3.43b)?
    Classical Quarterly 54 (2004), 325-27
  2. ?Amm. 21.6.3: A Misunderstood Omen?
    Classical Philology 99 (2004), 163-68
  3. ?The Crosses on the Glass Pilgrim Vessels from Jerusalem?
    Journal of Glass Studies 46 (2004), 191-95
  4. ?Some Dubious Stylites on Early Byzantine Glassware?
    Journal of Glass Studies 46 (2004), 39-49
  5. ?Acorns, the Plague, and the 'Iona Chronicle'?
    Peritia 17-18 (2003-04), 495-502
  6. ?Nero's Pet Hippopotamus (Suet. Nero 37.2)?
    Arctos 38 (2004), 219-22
  7. ?Malalas, "Constantius", and a Church-Inscription from Antioch?
    Vigiliae Christianae 59 (2005), 54-62
  8. ?The Consequences of Nero's Ill-Health in AD64?
    Eranos 102 (2004), 109-16
  9. ?Sopater of Apamea: A Convert at the Court of Constantine I ??
    Studia Patristica forthcoming
    1,900 words
  10. ?The Origin of the Cult of St. George?
    in forthcoming conference proceedings
    7,600 words
  11. ?The Good Soldier's End: From Suicide to Martyrdom?
    in forthcoming conference-proceedings
    5,800 words
  12. ?Adomnán, Arculf, and Aldfrith?
    in forthcoming conference-proceedings
    8,100 words
  13. ?Tacitus, Nero, and the 'Pirate' Anicetus?
    Latomus, forthcoming
    3,400 words
  14. ?Jews, Rats,and the Reason for the Byzantine Defeat at the Battle of Yarmuk?
    in forthcoming conference-proceedings
    6,700 words
  15. ?Adomnán, Arculf, and the True Cross?
    ARAM Periodical, forthcoming
    4,800 words
  16. ?The Cross in the Public Square: The Column-Mounted Cross c.AD450-750?
    in forthcoming conference-proceedings
    5,500 words
  17. ?Libanius, Bemarchius, and the Mausoleum of Constantine I?
    in C. Deroux (ed.), Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XIII, forthcoming
    4,600 words
  18. ?Caligula, Ptolemy of Mauretania, and the Danger of Long Hair?
    Arctos, forthcoming
    2,400 words
  19. ?An Earthquake in Britain in 664?
    Peritia, forthcoming
    2,000 words
  20. ?Valentinian I, Severa, Marina, and Justina?
    Classica et Mediaevalia 57 (2006), forthcoming
    4,450 words
  21. ?On the Alleged Reburial of Julian the Apostate at Constantinople?
    Byzantion, forthcoming
    2,400 words
  22. ?Flavius Felix and the Signum of the Numerus Divitiensium?
    ZPE, forthcoming
    1,006 words

Current research: Currently preparing papers on various aspects of the reigns of Caligula and Nero, focussing on the origin of some of the more fantastic tales told about these emperors.

Special website project: Military Martyrs


Phone: (+ 353 21) 490 3491

Wednesday, February 08, 2006
Olivia Robinson       ( 9:24 AM ) Libitina  
Olivia Robinson, University of Glasgow, School of Law

Research interest: Roman Law generally, with a particular interest in Roman criminal law.

Recent Publications: Critical Studies in Ancient Law, Comparative Law and Legal History (2001); The Criminal Law of Ancient Rome (2001)

"Early Roman criminal law is both obscure and hotly debated. We only begin to approach reasonable probabilities around 200 BC, the period from which contemporary evidence - Plautus, Cato, and others - survives. Criminal procedures of the period comprised the domestic jurisdiction of the paterfamilias, private criminal actions, the exercise of their powers by the resviri capitales (minor magistrates with police functions), and the jurisdiction of the assemblies of the people, i.e. trials before one of the comitia. In the year 207 BC the Senate ordered a special commission, a quaestio, to investigate the conduct of certain Italian allies arising from the Second Punic War, and such commissions were relatively common in the second century, supplementing the comitial jurisdiction. However, when in 171 BC the provincials of Spain asked the Senate for redress against their governors, the Senate ordered the praetor to whom the Spains had been allotted to appoint recuperatores from among the Senate, but this was a procedure of the private law without a penal element. Then in 149 BC the lex Calpurnia was passed, concerned not only with reparation but also punishment; it established a permanent court of senators as sworn jurors to deal with claims of provincial extortion."

Contact Information:
University of Glasgow, School of Law
5-9 Stair Building, The Square
Glasgow, Scotland, G12 8QQ, United Kingdom
TEL: 0141 330 4507, FAX: 0141 330 4900

Thursday, January 19, 2006
Dr. John Patterson       ( 11:13 AM ) Libitina  

"John Patterson, Lecturer on Ancient History at the University of Cambridge, is a Roman historian who works extensively with the archaeology and material culture of Roman Italy. He is a well-known specialist in the history of the city of Rome (from brick stamps to civic rituals, from amphitheatres to the political arena) ? as well as an expert in the countryside of Roman Italy and its social and economic changes over the imperial period. He has reviewed recent work on both topics in survey articles for the Journal of Roman Studies."

His recent book Political Life in the City of Rome is published by Bristol Classical Press and he is currently working on a city-country relations in Italy in the imperial period.
Dr. Patterson is also studying th epigraphy of the Tiber River Valley as a participant in the Tiber Valley Project.

"Launched in 1997, the Tiber Valley Project involves scholars from twelve British Universities as well as a large number of Italian scholars. The study area centres on the stretch of the middle Tiber between Rome and the Umbrian border town of Otricoli.

This is one of the most intensively studied areas in the whole Mediterranean. Nevertheless, studies so far have tended to concentrate on one or the other side of the river, and no one study has ever attempted to study the valley as a historical entity through time. The aim therefore is to examine the middle Tiber Valley as the hinterland of Rome, looking at the impact of Rome's development on the settlement history, economy and culture of the river valley over two millennia, from 1000 BC to AD 1000.

Over the last five years, a team of researchers at the BSR have been collecting, integrating and reanalysing this data to relate the historical development of Rome to the changes in the settlement, economy and society of the valley from the Bronze Age to the Medieval period. Particular focus has fallen on: (1) the integration of diverse valley communities (Etruscans and Faliscans on the west bank; Sabines and Latins on the east bank) under Rome's progressive expansion as a regional power and then imperial power and (2) the political, social and economic fragmentation which followed the collapse of the Roman Empire in the late antique and early medieval periods when the valley was the centre of a complex interplay of power between Roman-Byzantines, Lombards, Carolingians and the increasingly powerful Papacy and Church."


Friday, December 23, 2005
Professor Greg Woolf       ( 11:29 AM ) Libitina  
Professor Greg Woolf:

phone 01334 462608

A graduate of Oxford and Cambridge, Professor Woolf returned to Oxford in 1990 to teach ancient history and archaeology as a fellow of first Magdalen and then Brasenose Colleges before being elected in 1998 to a chair of ancient history at St. Andrews where he is currently Head of the School of Classics.

I am a member of the Advisory Board of the American Journal of Archaeology.

I have served on the Councils of the Roman Society and the Classical Association and currently sit on the Editorial Boards of both societies. I am a member of the Advisory committees of the Roman Society and of the LTSN subject centre in Classics and have served as an AHRB panellist. I am a member of the American Philological Association, of the Classical Association of Scotland and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. I have been an external examiner for undergraduate degrees at Strawberry Hill (Classics), UCL (History), the Open University (Classics), Bristol (Classics) and Sheffield (Archaeology); for taught postgraduate degrees in London; and for doctorates in the Universities of Cambridge, Durham, London, Oxford, Reading, Southampton and Wales. I have contributed to the Cambridge Ancient History and the APA (Barrington) Classical Atlas, and the Neue Pauly. During 2004 I was an Honorary Research Fellow of the British School at Rome.

Research Interests

The cultural history of the Roman empire. My past work has included studies of patronage, of epigraphy as a cultural phenomenon, of literacy and of the economic history of the empire and its urbanization. A major focus of my research has been on the archaeology and history of Roman Gaul, especially the cultural changes usually termed Romanization. I have carried out fieldwork in northern France. I maintain interests in the later prehistory of Europe, in archaeological theory, and in the Younger Pliny. More recently I have been engaged in the study of religious practice in the Roman provinces."

Recent Publications

Regional Productions in early Roman Gaul, in D. Mattingly and J. Salmon (eds.) Economies beyond Agriculture in the classical world (London, 2000), 49-65

The Roman Cultural Revolution in Gaul, in S. Keay and N. Terrenato eds. Italy and the West. Comparative Issues in Romanization, (Oxford, 2001), 173-86.

Inventing empire in ancient Rome, in Empires. Perspectives from archaeology and history edited by S.E.Alcock, T.N.DÕAltroy, K. D. Morrisson and C. M. Sinopoli, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2001, 311-22

Representation as Cult: the case of the Jupiter columns, in Spickermann, W., Cancik, H. and Rüpke, J. (eds.), Religion in den germanischen Provinzen Roms, Tübingen 2001, 117-34.

Generations of Aristocracy. Continuities and discontinuities in the societies of Interior Gaul. Archaeological Dialogues 9.1 (2002) 2-15 with discussion 39-65

Afterword: How the Latin West was won, in A.Cooley (ed.) Writing Latin, Becoming Roman, JRA supplementary volume 48 (2002) 181-88

Rome the Cosmopolis Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2003) edited with Catharine Edwards

Seeing Apollo in Roman Gaul and Germany, in S.Scott and J.Webster (eds.) Roman Imperialism and Provincial Art (Cambridge 2003) 139-152

Cambridge Illustrated History of the RomanWorld (consultant editor, and contributor of three chapters) Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2003)

A Sea of faith? Mediterranean Historical Review 18.2 (2004) special issue on ?Mediterranean Paradigms and Classical Antiquity? ed. I. Malkin, 126-143

Local Cult in Imperial Context: the Matronae revisited, in P.Noelke ed. Romanisation und Resistenz in Plastik, Architektur und Inschriften der Provinzen des Imperium Romanum. Neue Funde und Forschungen, Akten des VII. Internationalen Colloquiums über Probleme des Provinzialrömischen Kunstschaffens, Köln 2-6 mai 2001, (2004)131-8

"The present state and future scope of Roman Archaeology: a comment" American Journal of Archaeology 108.3 (2004) 417-28

Current Research Projects

At present, Professor Woolf is writing a cultural history of Roman imperialism and a study of the assassination of Julius Caesar and its implications. He is also preparing the 2005 Rhind lectures on Religious Creativity in the Roman Provinces and, together with Dr. Jason Koenig and Prof. Harry Hine, am developing a project on Science and Empire in the Roman World in the context of the Logos Research Centre.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Dr. Penelope Allison, Australian National University       ( 2:06 PM ) Libitina  

Research interests:

Roman and Australia historical archaeology: Roman painting, household archaeology, gender and space.

Research areas:

Roman Italy, particularly Pompeii; western Roman provinces; western NSW, Australia.

Past and recent research:

1. The wall paintings of the Casa della Caccia Antica in Pompeii - painter workshops, typology and iconography.
2. Pompeian Households - the use of space in Pompeian houses; the abandonment processes of the city. The compilation of relational databases to investigate for the distribution of household activities.
3. The Insula del Menandro in Pompeii: The Finds - artefact distribution and artefact function in the buildings in this city block in Pompeii.
4. The Kinchega Archaeological Research Project - living conditions at a 19th- and early 20th-century pastoral homestead in western NSW, with particular attention to household production and consumption patterns.
5. Engendering Roman Spaces - feminist approaches to Roman spatial archaeology, especially domestic space, military space and public space.

Recent and Main Publications:

2002. Main author with Frank Sear, The Casa della Caccia Antica, H?user in Pompeji 11. (Munich: Hirmer).

2002. Recurring tremors: the continuing impact of the AD 79 eruption of Mt Vesuvius, in R. Torrence and J. Grattan, eds, Natural Disasters and Cultural Change, 107-125 (One World Archaeology series, Routledge, London and New York).

2002. Colour and light in a Pompeian house: modern impressions or ancient perceptions, in A. Jones and Gavin MacGregor, eds, Colouring the Past: The Significance of Colour in Archaeological Research, 195-207 (Berg, Oxford and New York).

2003. Pompeii households: Analysis of the material culture, Monograph 42 (Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA - to appear in 2003).

Pompeii households: Analysis of the material culture, Database associated with Monograph 42 of Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA, (

2001 P. M. Allison. Using the material and the written sources: turn of the millennium approaches to Roman domestic space, Journal of Archaeology 105: 181-208.

2001 P. M. Allison. Placing individuals: Pompeian epigraphy in context, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 14.1: 54-75.


Thursday, December 08, 2005
Dr. Zahra Newby, University of Warwick       ( 10:39 AM ) Libitina  


Dr Newby works on the visual arts of the ancient world. Her doctoral thesis (at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London) studied the elite art of the middle Roman empire in its social and cultural contexts, with a particular focus on the use of art for self-representation. She is also interested in the links between art and text, and the receptions of visual images in the Greek literature of the Roman empire. Her recent research focuses on the reception of Greek athletics in the Roman empire and the representation of Greek mythology in Roman art.

Recent Publications

* Greek Athletics in the Roman World. Victory and Virtue (Oxford University Press, 2005)
* 'Reading Programs in Graeco-Roman Art: reflections on the Spada reliefs' in The Roman Gaze. Vision, Power and the Body, ed. D. Fredrick (Baltimore, 2002), 110-48
* 'Greek athletics as Roman spectacle: the mosaics from Ostia and Rome', Papers of the British School at Rome(2002).
* 'Art and Identity in Asia Minor' in Provincial Art and Roman Imperialismeds S. Scott & J. Webster (Cambridge University Press, 2003), 192-213.
* 'Sculptural Display in the so-called Palaestra of Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli' , Römische Mitteilungen 109 (2002), 59-82.
* ?Testing the boundaries of ekphrasis: Lucian On the Hall?, Ramus 31 (2002) 126?35

Forthcoming Publications

* 'Absorption and erudition in Philostratus' Imagines' in Philostratus eds., E. Bowie & J. Elsner with R. Leader-Newby (eds.) Art and Inscriptions in the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2006),
* Athletics in the Ancient World (Duckworth, 2006)

Dr Alison Cooley, University of Warwick       ( 10:33 AM ) Libitina  


"Dr Cooley is interested in all aspects of the Roman world - social, cultural, economic, and political. Her research focuses upon Roman Italy in particular, and upon the use of inscriptions in both ancient and modern times. Recent books include a study of the spread of Latin in the inscriptions of the Roman West and an archaeological history of Pompeii. She contributes a regular series of short articles on Pompeii to the magazine Omnibus. She is currently working on two major projects, a new edition of the Res Gestae and the Cambridge Handbook to Latin Epigraphy (both Cambridge University Press). In 2004 she was awarded The Butterworth Memorial Teaching Award by the University."

Recent Publications:

Forthcoming Publications

  • Entry on ?Inscriptions? (jointly with G.J. Oliver) in The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome, edd. E. Bispham, T. Harrison, B. Sparkes
  • ?Beyond Rome and Latium: Roman religion in the age of Augustus?, in C. Schultz & P. B. Harvey, eds Numen Adsit (CUP: Yale Classical Studies)

Friday, November 18, 2005
Professor Helen King       ( 2:34 PM ) Libitina  
Professor of the History of Classical Medicine at Reading University. Her first degree, at UCL, was in Ancient History and Social Anthropology; She then held research fellowships in Cambridge and Newcastle, taught in Liverpool for 8 years, and came to Reading on a Wellcome Trust University Award in 1996. She has been a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies (2001), a Landsdowne Visiting Lecturer at the University of Victoria, British Columbia (2002), and a Visiting Professor at the University of Texas at Austin (2005). She is chair of the Wellcome grants panel, 'Research Resources in the History of Medicine'.

Her main interests are:

Ancient medicine. From my PhD (on ancient Greek menstruation) onwards, I have been interested in setting ancient medical thought within its social and cultural context, as one way - among others - of making sense of life. I've therefore looked at ancient ideas about creation, the role of women, and sacrifice to illuminate Hippocratic gynaecology (Hippocrates' Woman: Reading the female body in ancient Greece, Routledge, 1998). From teaching the history of medicine at Reading, I wrote a short introduction to the main issues, Greek and Roman Medicine (Bristol Classical Press, 2001). A volume of essays on Health in Antiquity was published under my editorship in March 2005 (Routledge). Every other year I organise a conference on Ancient Medicine at Reading (in the alternate years, this is run by Professor Philip van der Eijk at Newcastle). I also examine the History of Medicine Diploma run by the Society of Apothecaries, London, and sit on various committees of the Wellcome Trust.

Reception of ancient medicine. I have written on the use of classical models in nursing and midwifery, but I am particularly interested in the alleged (and imaginary) classical origins of 'hysteria', on which I've published Hysteria Beyond Freud (written with S. Gilman, R. Porter, G.S. Rousseau and E. Showalter, University of California Press, 1993), a section in History of Clinical Psychiatry (eds G. Berrios and R. Porter, Athlone Press, 1995), and 'Recovering hysteria from history: Herodotus and "the first case of shell shock"' in Peter Halligan et al. (eds), Contemporary Approaches to the Science of Hysteria: Clinical and Theoretical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2001). My project for the first five years at Reading, on which I continue to work, concerned the reception of the sixteenth-century compilation, the Gynaeciorum libri, edited successively by Wolf, Bauhin and Spach; in particular, the impact of Hippocratic gynaecology in the period after its publication in Latin by Calvi in 1525, but also the subsequent history of the books themselves, their owners and their uses. I have given a number of sections of this project as papers, and incorporated some of my findings into my monograph The Disease of Virgins: Green-Sickness, Chlorosis and the Problems of Puberty (Routledge, December 2003), which moves from sixteenth-century ideas based on Hippocratic medicine, to the early twentieth century. On the Modern History MA, I teach a module called 'Viewing the body in seventeenth-century England', which uses Harvey's De motu cordis as a way of discussing issues of authority and science. Harvey's discovery of the circulation of the blood explicitly cites Aristotle on the circle as the purest form of movement. From 1998-2003 I was the co-editor of Social History of Medicine (Oxford University Press).

Gender/History of the body. I have published on the history of pain, drawing on comparative studies of modern sufferers from chronic pain. I have published on early sexology and I am currently working on myths and stories of bearded women. I was Women's Studies Area Advisor to the Oxford Classical Dictionary (1996).

Mythology. I have published on the myths of Tithonos, on mermaids (on which topic I have also done a lot of media work), and on the myth/fable of Agnodike, 'the first midwife'; I've also investigated how this story was used to give authority to women in medical roles in various historical periods. I'm preparing an article, 'Mothering medicine', on the wider dimensions of this topic.

Death. In 1981 I co-edited, with S.C. Humphreys, Mortality and Immortality: the anthropology and archaeology of death (Academic Press). I've recently been working on the role of the doctor at the deathbed in classical antiquity; a preliminary study has been published in Dutch."



Dr. Ken Dark       ( 2:28 PM ) Libitina  
"After taking his PhD at the University of Cambridge, Ken Dark has taught at Cambridge, Oxford and Reading Universities, and currently holds a lectureship at the University of Reading. He is Chair of the Late Antiquity Research Group, holds honorary professorships from European and American universities, and is the author of numerous publications, including Britain and the End of the Roman Empire, Civitas to Kingdom, Theoretical Archaeology and The Landscape of Roman Britain. He has directed archaeological excavations and surveys in Britain, and is currently director of the Istanbul Archaeological Rescue Project.

Chair of GCMS, Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

Main Area of Work: Archaeology (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory);History (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory); Byzantine studies (including Istanbul. Constantinople);
Global political and economic change

Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies;

Research Interests:

Archaeology (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory);
History (Roman, Dark Age, Celtic, Byzantine, Theory);
Byzantine studies (including Istanbul. Constantinople);
Global political and economic change

The archaeology and history of Europe (including Britain) and the Middle East in the 1st millennium AD (including Roman, Late Antique, Byzantine and Viking Age studies).

Archaeological and historical method and theory.
Field archaeology (excavation, geophysical and surface survey) and artefact studies (esp. ceramics and sculpture).
The study of large-scale, long-term, social, political and economic change (especially the formation and collapse of states and regional political and economic systems).

Other Expertise
Detailed knowledge of theory and academic debate in cognate discplines (especially political science, economics, anthropology and social theory)

Detailed knowledge of Complexity Theory and its application to human societies.


Dr. John Creighton       ( 2:20 PM ) Libitina  
"Dr. John Creighton?s research centres upon Later Iron Age and Early Roman NW Europe. His books include: ?Britannia: the creation of a Roman Province? (2005); ?Coins & Power in Late Iron Age Britain? (2000), 'Celti: the archaeology of a Hispano-Roman Town in Baetica' (with Simon Keay and Jose Remesal, 2001), and he has co-edited the volume 'Roman Germany: Studies in Cultural Interaction' (1999).
His fieldwork has included work in Britain, France, Germany and Spain. Presently he is completing a project, with Colin Haselgrove, examining the landscape in the vicinity of the Iron Age oppidum of Mont Beuvray (Bibract) and the Roman town of Autun in Burgundy.
He is currently the Director of CETL-AURS, an interdisciplinary centre for promoting and developing undergraduate research skills across the University.

Research Interests:

* Imagery and the negotiation of power
* Coinage and commodification
* Urban landscapes and social memory"

Recent Publications:

Creighton, J. (2005) Gold, ritual and kingship In Iron Age Coinage and Ritual Practices (Eds. Wigg-Wolf, D. and Haselgrove, C. C.) Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Mainz am Rhein, pp. 69-84.


W. Ralph Johnson       ( 2:16 PM ) Libitina  
University of Chicago Department of Classics: "W. Ralph Johnson

John Matthews Manly Distinguished Service Professor of Classics and Comparative Studies, Emeritus,
University of Chicago
l050 E 59th St, Chicago IL 60637


B.A. Latin, 1961, UC, Berkeley
M.M. Latin, 1963, UCB
Ph.D. Classics, 1967, UCB


Assistant Prof. Classics, UC Berkeley, 1966-72
Associate Prof. Classics and Comp. Lit, UCB, 1972-4
Associate Prof. and Prof. Classics, Cornell University, 1974-81
Professor of Classics and Comp. Lit., University of Chicago,
l981-98 (Manly Prof. since 1989)
Emeritus, 1998

Awards & Honors

Distinguished Teaching Award, UC Berkeley 1971
Board of Directors, American Philological Association, 1981-84
Chair of Classics, UChicago, 1983-88
Christian Gauss Award for Literary Criticism, Phi Beta Kappa, 1983
The Martin Lectures in Classics at Oberlin, 1984-5
The Townsend Lectures in Classics at Cornell, 1988-89
Committee on Goodwin Award, APA, 1989-91
Committee on American Journal of Philology Award, 1997-2000
Visiting Prof., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Winter 2001
Visiting Prof. UCLA, Spring 2002
Scheduled for Spring 2004, The Biggs Lectures (on Propertius and Augustan Poetry), Washington University, St. Louis


Luxuriance and Economy: Cicero and the Alien Style (University of California Press, 1971)

Darkness Visible: A Study of Vergil's Aeneid (UC Press, l976)

The Idea of Lyric (UC Press, l982);

Momentary Monsters: Lucan and his Heroes (Cornell, l987)

Horace and the Dialectics of Freedom (Cornell, 1993)

Lucretius and the Modern World (Duckworth 2000)

Recent Articles

Imaginary Romans: Virgil and the Illusions of National Identity,' in Poets and Critics Read Virgil, ed. S. Spence, Yale (2001)

'A Secret Garden in Georgics 4,' in Vergil, Philodemus and the Augustans, ed. Skinner and Johnston, U Texas Press (2003)

'Robert Lowell's American Aeneas,' in Festschrift for M. Putnam, ed.S. Spence, Materiali e discussioni (2004)

'Small Wonders: Martial, Book 14,' Festschrift for W. S. Anderson, ed. W. Batstone and G. Tissol, 2004

Monday, November 07, 2005
Barbara Burrell       ( 2:10 PM ) Libitina  
Barbara Burrell - CV
Associate Research Professor of Classics
University of Cinncinatti
PhD, Harvard University 1980

Contact information:
phone: 513-556-3180
fax: 513-556-4366

Research Areas:
Archaeology of eastern Roman provinces, numismatics,ancient history.

Trained at New York University and at Harvard, she has dug at sites across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and currently in Israel, where she is Field Director for a project investigating the Palace of Herod and of the Roman Governors at Caesarea Maritima. Her specialties include Roman provincial coins, Greek epigraphy of Asia Minor, and Hellenistic and Roman imperial art, architecture, and history. She has taught seminars in numismatics; gender and archaeological theory; the emperor Hadrian; the crisis of the third century C.E.; and on the archaeology of Israel (the last for the Hebrew Union College). Her major work on cities that built temples to the imperial cult, Neokoroi: Greek Cities and Roman Emperors, is due to appear this year. She was recently appointed the first Senior Fellow of the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Research, at Macquarie University in Sydney."

Friday, November 04, 2005
James Russell       ( 2:56 PM ) Libitina  

James Russell is a general classicist who specializes in Roman and early Byzantine art and archaeology and Greek and Latin epigraphy of the Roman period.

He teaches undergraduate courses in Greek and Roman Art (Classical Studies 330), Applied Science and Technology in Classical Antiquity (Classical Studies 306), and courses in Latin and Greek at various levels.

Recent courses taught include Aristophanes (Greek 421), Livy (Latin 411), Latin Comedy (Latin 418), Latin Satire (Latin 419), Virgil (Latin 422).

He regularly teaches graduate seminars in Roman art and archaeology and Latin epigraphy. Recent topics include Official Roman Relief Sculpture, Topography and Monuments of Rome, Roman Funerary Art and Architecture, Roman Architecture in Italy under the Republic, Latin Epigraphy, Roman Archaeology of the Roman Army.

His principal research activity since 1970 has been the direction of the U.B.C. sponsored excavation at Anemurium, a small Roman and Byzantine city on the south coast of Turkey. He is currently working on the final reports of the churches, coins and small finds.

In the course of travel in Asia Minor Russell has discovered a considerable number of inscriptions. Included amongst these are two bronze Roman military diplomas which he has recently published. His current research concerns inscriptions of the Early Byzantine period.

Other areas of research interest are the Roman period in Palestine (Roman bath-house found in the excavation of Capernaum, Galilee), the topography and monuments of Rome, and Roman military activities in Britain north of the Hadrianic limes. Russell is currently Past President of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Recent research includes:

  • "A Newly Discovered City of Rough Cilicia". The preparation of a report on a recently discovered Roman site on the south coast of Asia Minor. It will consist of a description of the physical ruins still visible on the site; the evidence for its identity, based on ancient itineraries and bishop lists; information on the political, social history and religion of the community from the evidence of Greek inscriptions.
  • "Zeno and Isauria". A study contrasting the extremely unfavorable account of the reign of the emperor Zeno, the Isaurian (A.D. 474-491), as reported by the historians ancient and modern, with the evidence for his generous and beneficent policies that I have assembled from the archaeological and epigraphic record in his native Isauria and other regions of the eastern Mediterranean.
  • "The Archaeological Evidence of Persian Invasions in the Seventh Century". A paper commissioned by the Centre of Byzantine Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation to be presented at an International Symposium "The Dark Centuries of Byzantium (7th - 9th cent.)" to be held in Athens in May 1999. This will discuss the evidence, or lack of evidence, for the Persian occupation of Byzantine sites throughout the Middle East during the last great conflict between the Byzantine and Persian Empires (A.D. 611-629).
  • "Household Furnishings (Instrumenta Domestica)". An essay commissioned for the catalogue of a special travelling exhibition "Antioch: the Lost Roman City" scheduled for the Worcester Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore during 2000-2001. This will cover the material evidence for various aspects of domestic living, such as security, lighting, dining equipment, storage facilities. The evidence will be drawn primarily, but not exclusively, from artefacts found in the excavation of Antioch during the 1930s and now housed in the Princeton University Art Museum.
  • Contact Information:

    Phone: (604) 822-4056



    Thursday, October 20, 2005
    Marcus Rautman, University of Missouri-Columbia       ( 11:29 AM ) Libitina  
    Professor and Department Chair
    Late Antique and Byzantine Art and Archaeology
    Ph.D., Indiana University

    mailing address:
    Department of Art History and Archaeology
    109 Pickard Hall
    Columbia, MO 65211-1420

    phone: 573-882-9531
    fax: 573-884-5269"


    The interplay of society and visual culture underlies my study of the early Middle Ages, especially during periods of political transition. The dynamics of cultural adaptation are of particular interest in understanding the east Mediterranean region on both urban and rural scales. Later Byzantine Macedonia presents one such artistic environment that survives in churches, monumental decoration, and manuscripts. Contemporary documents allow us to explore the role played by individual patrons and social groups in sponsoring an architectural revival in Thessaloniki (see below) in the early 14th century. Located in western Asia Minor, Lydian Sardis (see below) offers a contrasting view of urban life in late antiquity. Recent excavations by the Harvard-Cornell expedition include a residential quarter, whose remains preserve the evolution of local lifeways down to the early 7th century. Farther removed from the late Roman mainstream is Cyprus, where excavations at the village site of Kalavasos-Kopetra (see below) have revealed a poorly understood level of settled life during the 6th and 7th centuries. Laboratory analysis (see below) of ceramics used at these places provides special insight into the character of local routines and the interconnections of their residents. In all these research settings I have tried to combine disciplinary methods?history, archaeology, and art history?to provide a fuller background for understanding the monuments and peoples of the past.

    Recent articles:

    • Handmade pottery and social change: The view from late Roman Cyprus, Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology 12 (1998) 81-104
    • The busy countryside of late Roman Cyprus, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus 2000
    • Rural society and economy in late Roman Cyprus, in Urban Centers and Rural Contexts in Late Antiquity, eds. J. W. Eadie and T. S. Burns (East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2001) 241-62
    • The context of rural innovation: An early monastery at Kalavasos-Sirmata, Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus 2001, 307-18
    • Valley and village in late Roman Cyprus, in Recent Research on the Late Antique Countryside, eds. W. Bowden, L. Lavan, and C. Machado (Leiden: Brill 2004) 189-218
    • The villages of Byzantine Cyprus, in Les villages dans l?empire byzantin, eds. J. Lefort, C. Morrisson, and J.-P. Sodini, Paris: P. Lethielleux
    • A Cypriot Village of Late Antiquity. Kalavasos-Kopetra in the Vasilikos Valley, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement 52, 2003

    Friday, October 14, 2005
    Karl Galinsky       ( 4:32 PM ) Libitina  

    Karl Galinsky:

    Karl Galinsky
    Floyd Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics
    University Distinguished Teaching Professor
    University of Texas at Austin
    Phone: (512) 471-8504
    FAX: (512) 471-4111 (office)


    The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus (Fall 2005); besides editing, contributed intro (pp. 1-10) and chapter on ?Vergil?s Aeneid and Ovid?s Metamorphoses as World Literature? (pp. 340-58).


    ?Recarved Imperial Portraits: Nuances and Wider Context,? in E. Varner, ed., Tyranny and Transformation II (Univ. of Texas Press,; publication of volume delayed because of other contributors).

    ?The Classical Tradition in Film,? in C. Kallendorf, ed., A Companion to the Classical Tradition (Oxford 2006).

    ?Hercules,? in G. Most, A. Grafton, and S. Settis, eds., The Classical Tradition (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press 2006).

    ?Augustan Religion,? in J. Rüpke, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Roman Religion (Oxford 2006).


    ?E pluribus unum: Religion as a Cohesive Force in Ancient Rome.? The 34th Gail A. Burnett Lecture in Classics (San Diego State University, 2003).


    ?Horace?s Cleopatra and Vergil?s Dido,? Studies in Honor of William Henderson (New York and Frankfurt 2003) 121-29.

    ?Recut Roman Portraits: Nuances and Wider Context,? AJA 106 (2002) 271.

    ?Greek and Roman Drama and the Aeneid,? in D. Braund and C.J. Gill, eds., Myth, History and Culture in Republican Rome (Exeter 2003) 275-94.

    Friday, October 07, 2005
    Holly Haynes       ( 10:32 AM ) Libitina  

    Holly Haynes

    Assistant Professor of Classical Studies,
    109 Bliss Hall, Ext. 2349,
    The College of New Jersey

    Holly Haynes previously taught at Dartmouth College and New York University. She took her PhD. in Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of Washington. Professor Haynes specializes in the politics and literature of the early Roman Empire, with a particular interest in historiography. Her current projects include pieces on memory and trauma in the post-Domitianic period and on Petronius? Satyricon. Her first book, The History of Make-Believe: Tacitus on Imperial Rome, was published by the University of California Press in 2003"

    "A theoretically sophisticated and illuminating reading of Tacitus, especially the Histories, this work points to a new understanding of the logic of Roman rule during the early Empire.

    Tacitus, in Holly Haynes' analysis, does not write about the reality of imperial politics and culture but about the imaginary picture that imperial society makes of these concrete conditions of existence--the "making up and believing" that figure in both the subjective shaping of reality and the objective interpretation of it. Haynes traces Tacitus's development of this fingere/credere dynamic both backward and forward from the crucial year A.D. 69. Using recent theories of ideology, especially within the Marxist and psychoanalytic traditions, she exposes the psychic logic lurking behind the actions and inaction of the protagonists of the Histories. Her work demonstrates how Tacitus offers penetrating insights into the conditions of historical knowledge and into the psychic logic of power and its vicissitudes, from Augustus through the Flavians.

    By clarifying an explicit acknowledgment of the difficult relationship between res and verba, in the Histories, Haynes shows how Tacitus calls into question the possibility of objective knowing--how he may in fact be the first to allow readers to separate the objectively knowable from the objectively unknowable. Thus, Tacitus appears here as going further toward identifying the object of historical inquiry--and hence toward an "objective" rendering of history--than most historians before or since." - The University of California Press


    Friday, September 30, 2005
    Dr Jon Coulston       ( 2:26 PM ) Libitina  

    Dr. Jon Coulston

    Graduating in 1978 from the University of Leicester with a BA in History, Dr. Coulston went on to study for an MPhil (Archaeology of the Roman Empire,1980) and a PhD (1988) at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His research concerned Trajan's Column in Rome, under the supervision of Charles Daniels. Thereafter he was a tutor in the Centre for Continuing Education and a Guest Lecturer in the Dept of Archaeology at Newcastle. In 1995 he was appointed to his present post as Lecturer in Ancient History in the University of St Andrews.

    Select Publications

    'Roman Archery Equipment', in M.C. Bishop (ed.), The Production and Distribution of Roman Military Equipment. Proceedings of the Second Roman Military Equipment Seminar, BAR International Series 275, Oxford, 1985, 220-366.

    'Roman, Parthian and Sassanid tactical developments', in P. Freeman & D. Kennedy (ed.), The Defence of the Roman and Byzantine East, BAR International Series 297, Oxford, 1986, 59-75.

    (With E.J. Phillips) Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani, Great Britain I,6, Hadrian's Wall West of the River North Tyne, and Carlisle, Oxford, 1988.

    (ed.) Military Equipment and the Identity of Roman Soldiers. Proceedings of the Fourth Roman Military Equipment Conference, BAR International Series 394, Oxford, 1988.

    (With M.C. Bishop) Roman Military Equipment, Shire Archaeology Series 59, Aylesbury, 1989.

    'The value of Trajan's Column as a source for military equipment', in C. van Driel-Murray (ed.), Roman Military Equipment: the Sources of Evidence. Proceedings of the Fifth Roman Military Equipment Conference, Oxford, 1989, 31-44.

    'The architecture and construction scenes on Trajan's Column', in M. Henig (ed.), Architecture and Architectural Sculpture in the Roman Empire, Oxford University Committee for Archaeology Monograph No.29, Oxford, 1990, 39-50.

    'Later Roman armour, 3rd-6th centuries AD', Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 1, 1990, 139-60.

    'Three new books on Trajan's Column', Journal of Roman Archaeology 3, 1990, 290-309.

    (With M.C.Bishop) Roman Military Equipment from the Punic Wars to the Fall of Rome, Batsford, London, 1993 (paperback edition 1994; enlarged 2nd edition in preparation).

    'The Stone Sculptures', in R. J. A. Wilson (ed), Roman Maryport and Its Setting. Essays in Memory of Michael G. Jarrett, Cumberland and Westmorland Antiquarian and Archaeological Society Extra Series 28, Maryport, 1997, 112-31.

    'How to equip a Roman soldier', in M.M. Austin, J.D. Harries & C.J. Smith (ed.), Modus Operandi. How the Ancient World Worked. Papers Presented to Geoffrey Rickman,London, 1998, 167-90.

    'Gladiators and soldiers: equipment and personnel in ludus and castra', Journal of Roman Military Equipment Studies 9, 1998, 1-17.

    'Scale armour', in J.N. Dore & J.J. Wilkes (ed.), 'Excavations directed by J.D. Leach and J.J. Wilkes on the site of a Roman fortress at Carpow, Perthshire, 1964-79', Proceedings of the Society of Antiquities of Scotland 129, 1999, 561-66.

    ''Armed and belted men': the soldiery in imperial Rome', Jon Coulston and Hazel Dodge (ed.), Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City, Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph 54, Oxford, 2000, 76-118.

    'Transport and travel on the Column of Trajan', in C. Adams and R. Laurence (ed.), Travel and Geography in the Roman Empire, London, 2001, 106-37.

    'The archaeology of Roman conflict', in P.W.M. Freeman and A. Pollard (ed.), Fields of Conflict: Progress and Prospect in Battlefield Archaeology, Oxford, 2001, 23-49.

    'Arms and armour of the Late Roman Army', in D.Nicole (ed.), A Companion to Medieval Arms and Armour, Woolbridge, 2002, 3-24."

    Research Interests

    * Roman Army studies
    * Roman military equipment
    * Ancient warfare
    * Roman provincial archaeology
    * Trajan's Column
    * Roman art (especially stone sculpture)
    * Roman architecture
    * The City of Rome.
    * Asiatic steppe nomads

    "My main ongoing research project is a monograph on the sculpting and relief content of Trajan's Column. I am also compiling a Corpus Signorum Imperii Romani catalogue of Roman sculpture from Northern England; writing a source-book on Rome for Routledge with Hazel Dodge and Christopher Smith; and updating/enlarging Roman Military Equipment with Mike Bishop."

    Contact Info:
    01334 462612

    Barbara Levick       ( 2:08 PM ) Libitina  
    Barbara Levick (born 1932) is one of Britain's foremost ancient historians. She was educated at (Click link for more info and facts about St. Hugh's College, Oxford) St. Hugh's College, Oxford, and, since 1959, has been a Fellow of (Click link for more info and facts about St. Hilda's College, Oxford) St. Hilda's College, Oxford (now emeritus). She is a prolific writer and occasional broadcaster on Roman history.

    Levick is best known to the general public for her biographies of Roman emperors:

    (Roman Emperor after his nephew Caligula was murdered; consolidated the Empire and conquered southern Britain; was poisoned by his fourth wife Agrippina after her son Nero was named as Claudius' heir (10 BC to AD 54)) Claudius (1990)

    (Roman Emperor notorious for his monstrous vice and fantastic luxury (was said to have started a fire that destroyed much of Rome in 64) but the Empire remained prosperous during his rule (37-68)) Nero

    The Year of the Four Emperors (2000)
    (Son-in-law of Augustus who became a suspicious tyrannical Emperor of Rome after a brilliant military career (42 BC to AD 37)) Tiberius the Politician

    (Emperor of Rome and founder of the Flavian dynasty who consolidated Roman rule in Germany and Britain and reformed the army and brought prosperity to the empire; began the construction of the Colosseum (9-79)) Vespasian (1999)

    Friday, September 02, 2005
    Dr. John Rich - University of Nottingham       ( 2:14 PM ) Libitina  
    Dr. John Rich

    Department of Classics - University of Nottingham: "Dr. John Rich is Reader in Classics at the University of Nottingham. His general research interests are Roman history, particularly the republican and early imperial periods. His special areas are Roman warfare and international relations, the reign of Augustus, and Roman historiography, which he is pursuing as a member of both national (the Fragmentary Roman Historians project) and international (the Impact of the Roman Empire Network) research groups.

    His publications include:

    Declaring War in the Roman Republic (1976)

    Cassius Dio: the Augustan Settlement (ed. with translation and commentary, 1990)

    The City and Country in the Ancient World (ed. with A.F. Wallace-Hadrill, 1991)

    The City in Late Antiquity (ed., 1992)

    War and Society in the Greek World (ed. with G. Shipley, Routledge, 1993)

    War and Society in the Roman World (ed. with G. Shipley, Routledge, 1993)

    War, Expansion and Society in Early Rome (forthcoming)

    Contact Information:

    phone: (0115 95) 14804

    Friday, August 26, 2005
    Dennis Kehoe, Tulane University       ( 2:48 PM ) Libitina  

    Dennis Kehoe: "Dennis Kehoe's research interests are Roman economic history, Roman law, and papyrology. His current research is on the role of legal institutions in shaping the rural economy of the Roman Empire as well as on the organization of production in the Roman economy. He was the recipient of the 1998 Research Award of the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of Tulane University. He offers courses in Roman history, Latin, and Roman law. He also participates in the freshman seminar program by offering a writing-intensive freshman seminar on 'Individuals and Communities in Greece and Rome.'


    * The Economics of Agriculture on Roman Imperial Estates in North Africa, HYPOMNEMATA 89, Gottingen: Vandenhoeck und Ruprecht 1988, xvi + 281 pp.
    * Management and Investment on Estates in Roman Egypt during the Early Empire, Papyrologische Texte und Abhandlungen 40, Bonn: Habelt, 1992, xiv + 188 pp.
    * Investment, Profit, and Tenancy: The Jurists and the Roman Agrarian Economy, Ann Arbor MI: University of Michigan Press, 1997, xiv + 269 pp.

    Principal articles:

    * "Allocation of Risk and Investment on the Estates of Pliny the Younger," Chiron 18 (1988): 15-42.
    * "Approaches to Economic Problems in the Letters of Pliny the Younger: the Question of Risk in Agriculture," Aufstieg und Niedergang der Romischen Welt, edd. H. Temporini, W. Haase (Berlin-New York, 1989) II 33.1, 555-90.
    * "Legal Institutions and the Bargaining Power of the Tenant in Roman Egypt," Archiv fur Papyrusforschung 41, no. 2 (1995): 232-62.
    * "Roman-Law Influence on Louisiana's Landlord-Tenant Law: The Question of Risk in Agriculture," Tulane Law Review 70, no. 4 (1996): 1053-68."

    phone: (504) 862-3082


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