Friday, December 23, 2005

Professor Greg Woolf

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


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



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


"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

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

"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

"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

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

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

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Friday, August 12, 2005

    Robert C. Knapp

    Robert C. Knapp

    Presently a Professor of Classics, University of California at Berkeley and Chair, Nemea Center Advisory Committee.

    B.A. 1968 Central Michigan University, Ph.D. 1973 University of Pennsylvania

    Special interests: Roman History, Culture, and Literature; Latin Epigraphy; Greek Numismatics

    Aspects of
    the Roman Experience in Iberia, 206-100 B.C.
    Roman Córdoba;
    Latin Inscriptions from Central Spain
    Finis Rei Publicae: Eyewitnesses to the End of the Roman Republic (with Pamela Vaughn)
    Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World (editor for Iberia)
    Nemea III: The Coins (with John Mac Isaac)

    Work in Progress:
    Invisible Romans: Self-Identity, Imposed Identity, and Power in the Roman World
    Work underway to investigate from their own points of view the social attitudes and conditions of the non-elites in the Roman world

    email address:

    Friday, June 17, 2005

    Professor Beth Severy-Hoven

    Classics Faculty, Professor, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN: "Professor Severy-Hoven specializes in Roman history and the history of women in the ancient Mediterranean. She has published a book on the development of Rome's first imperial family, Augustus and the Family at the Birth of the Roman Empire (Routledge 2003). Her more recent work involves the wall painting in a house in Pompeii, and the roles of women in different dynasties of the Roman empire. Her recent courses include Elementary Latin, Homeric Greek, Roman History, the Junior/Senior Seminar in Classics, and the First Year Course Amazons & Aristotle. Professor Severy-Hoven also supervises the January in Rome program. "

    Tel# (651) 696-6721

    Thursday, May 26, 2005

    Harold C. Gotoff

    University of Cincinatti:

    The John Miller Burnam Professor of Latin and Romance and Palaeography, Professor Gotoff received his PhD from Harvard University in 1965. His research interests include Latin prose, rhetoric, Virgil, textual criticism.

    "I am continuing my study of Ciceronian stylistics, trying to understand the relationship between composition and nuance, primarily in the periodic style of his oratory. I began, in my commentary on Pro Archia Poeta, trying to analyse and describe the variety of Ciceronian periods. In Cicero's Caesarian Speeches I attempted to relate the effect of various kinds of composition on rhetorical strategies. My text now is De Lege Agaria and my emphasis is on the forms and flow of Cicero's presentation beyond the limits of the syntactic period, and, within such periods, on the use of complex and ornate phrases. The speeches that make up the collection have rarely received extensive commentary; in English there is no such complete book. I am working on a historic, rhetorical, and stylistic commentary on the three speeches. Because the rarity of critical editions of the text, I am in the process of re-recollating a number of the manuscripts, particularly Vat. Lat 11458, Poggio's apograph, only used once since Campana discovered it half a century ago."

    Tuesday, May 17, 2005

    Heinrich von Staden

    "Heinrich von Staden is one of the world's foremost authorities on ancient science and medicine. His book Herophilus: the Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria (1989) is a major contribution to the history of Greek intellectual discourse. Von Staden's broad range of interests includes classical philosophy and literature. Among his current projects is a book-length work on Erasistratos (the Hellenistic pioneer of human dissection), a study of the relation between "nature" and "art" (techne) in ancient science, and a study of medical ethics in ancient Greece and Rome.

    Ph.D., Universitat Tubingen, 1968; William Lampson Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Yale University, 1997-98; Professor, Institute for Advanced Study, 1998-; Charles Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association, 1992; William H. Welch Medal, American Association for History of Medicine, 1993; Corresponding Fellow, British Academy; Member, Association des Etudes Grecques en France, American Philosophical Society, Acad?mie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Institut de France; Corresponding Member, Akademie der Wissenschaften, Gottingen."

    Professor von Staden is a professor at the Institute for Advanced Study.

    "The Institute is a private, independent academic institution that enjoys close, collaborative ties with Princeton University as well as Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and other nearby institutions."

    "A compelling lecturer with an unusual talent for synthesis and exposition, Professor von Staden has given more than 75 external lectures at universities and institutions both here and abroad. His work on medicine is informed by a thoroughly professional knowledge of philosophy, in which he was trained as a doctoral candidate in Germany. While he approaches the culture of the ancient Mediterranean world mainly through the history of its thought and ideas, he retains from his classical background a strong philological base that is reflected in several important articles on semantics.

    Professor von Staden gave a lecture, "When Physicians Err: Responses to Medical Failures in Antiquity," in the Institute's Public Lecture Series. In ancient Greece and Rome medical authors often referred to disorders caused or aggravated by medical intervention. Many physicians displayed an awareness of a tension between their claim to an efficacious professional expertise, based on scientific methods, and the frequency with which even expert practice led to unintended harmful consequences. The lecture explored strategies physicians adopted in response to this tension, their accounts of the reasons for the fallibility of scientific medicine, and moral and social responses to medical failures."

    "Professor von Staden has published numerous articles and reviews, and is the author of several books, including his work on the Alexandrian doctor Herophilus. Herophilus: the Art of Medicine in Early Alexandria (1989, second edition 1994) is widely regarded as a critically important resource for study not only of the Hellenistic period but of the whole history of Greek medicine. Among Professor von Staden?s current projects is an edition of Erasistratos with full commentary, a companion volume to Herophilus. Von Staden is also working on an edition of six treatises by Galen, as well as a book-length study on ancient and mediaeval theories of language."

    Friday, May 13, 2005

    Maud Gleason

    Maud Gleason: "Maud studies the cultural and social world of Greeks in the Roman Empire, with a particular interest in issues of gender, performance, and power. She is the author of Making Men: Sophists and Self-Presentation in Ancient Rome (Princeton 1995).

    One life Gleason examines in this work is the first-century public-speaker and super-star Favorinus.

    As a 'Gaul who spoke Greek, a eunuch prosecuted for adultery, and a man who quarreled with the emperor and was still alive', to quote Philostratus' account of his own paradoxical self-description, Favorinus was a bizarre figure, good -- or hard -- to think with. He flaunted his own precarious position within gender, class, and racial categories, and this very flaunting means that the descriptions of Favorinus both by himself and by others are extremely revealing of the categories he puts under such strain. - Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    Her study of Greek cities under Roman rule will appear in the Blackwell Companion to the Roman Empire."

    Her email address:

    Friday, April 29, 2005

    Diana Kleiner

    PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century: "Diana E. E. Kleiner is an art historian known worldwide for her expertise on Roman sculpture. Professor Kleiner is the Dunham Professor of Classics and History of Art, and Deputy Provost for the Arts at Yale University, and is the author of numerous books and articles on Roman art and its political and social context. Her books Roman Group Portraiture: The Funerary Reliefs of the Late Republic and Early Empire, and Roman Imperial Funerary Altars with Portraits are considered the definitive works in their field. Her more recent book, Roman Sculpture has become the fundamental reference on the sculpture of Rome for students, specialists, and the general public. Along with a colleague at Yale, she curated an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, entitled 'I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome,' which opened at Yale in September 1996, and traveled to San Antonio, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina. The exhibition, which was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, brought together some of the finest works of Roman art in the United States and was accompanied by a catalogue of the same name. In 2000, it was followed by a sequel volume: I, Claudia II: Women in Roman Art and Society. Professor Kleiner's courses at Yale, where she has taught since 1980, focus on subjects such as Augustan Rome, Roman sculpture, Roman architecture, and women in Roman art."

    Her email address:

    Judith Hallett

    PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century: "Judith Hallett is Chair of the Classics Department and Professor of Classics at the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently Associate Editor of the journal Classical World, she has lectured and published widely on Roman literature and culture in the Augustan Age and early imperial periods with a special focus on women, sexuality, and the family. Author of the book, Fathers and Daughters in Roman Society: Women and the Elite Family (Princeton 1984), she has recently co-edited (with M.B. Skinner) Roman Sexualities (Princeton 1997) and (with S. K. Dickison) Rome and Her Monuments (Bolchazy-Carducci 2000); she has also contributed chapters to several volumes of scholarly essays, including Women and Christian Origins (Oxford 1999). She has worked with Erich Segal on the ABC-TV sports documentary, THE ANCIENT GAMES, and has appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Court of Ideas radio series as an 'expert witness' on Sappho, Augustus, Nero and Boudicca: she has also appeared on several History Channel programs, including the 1999 History of Sex."

    Her email:

    Erich Gruen

    PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century: "Erich Gruen has been Professor of History and Classics at the University of California, Berkeley since 1966, with special interests in Greek and Roman History, and the Jews in the Greco-Roman World. Educated at Columbia, Oxford, and Harvard Universities, Professor Gruen has received numerous honors and awards for his scholarship and teaching, including fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1996). He was a Resident in Classics at the American Academy in Rome in 1990. More recently, he received a President's Fellowship in Humanities (1999-2000), the Austrian Cross of Honor for distinguished work in scholarship or the arts (1999) and was elected as a member to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1986) and the American Philosophical Society (2000). Professor Gruen is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Interdisciplinary History and the American Journal of Ancient History, and his publications include Last Generation of the Roman Republic (1974, nominated for a National Book Award), The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome (1988, awarded the James H. Breasted Prize), and Heritage and Hellenism: The Reinvention of Jewish Tradition (1998)."


    Karl Galinsky

    PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century: "Karl Galinsky was born in Alsace in 1942 and received his Ph.D. at Princeton in 1966. For many years he has taught at the University of Texas at Austin where he currently is the Floyd Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on various aspects of Roman civilization, including literature, art, history, and religion. His scholarship has been supported by prestigious research awards, such as fellowships from the Guggenheim and von Humboldt Foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the American Academy in Rome. The holder of four awards for teaching excellence, he regularly teaches a large introductory course on Roman civilization. He has worked extensively with general audiences and schoolteachers.

    Professor Galinsky lived in Rome for three years and has conducted many study tours in the Mediterranean and Roman Europe for academic and other organizations. He is a specialist in the age of Augustus. His most recent book, Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction (Princeton University Press paperback, 1998), has reached a large audience, and he is currently preparing The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus for the Cambridge University Press."


    Keith Bradley

    PBS: The Roman Empire in the First Century: "Keith Bradley is Professor of Greek and Roman studies at the University of Victoria. A specialist in the social and cultural history of ancient Rome, he is the author of five books: Suetonius' Life of Nero: An Historical Commentary (1978); Slaves and Masters in the Roman Empire (1986); Slavery and Rebellion in the Roman World (1989); Discovering the Roman Family (1991); and Slavery and Society at Rome (1994). Professor Bradley has also written more than one hundred articles, essays, and reviews. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and presently holds a Killam Research Fellowship. He is currently at work on a book on Apuleius. Professor Bradley spent the first ten years of his teaching career in the United States, principally at Johns Hopkins and Stanford, before moving to Canada in 1980."

    Keith Bradley's email:

    Friday, January 28, 2005

    David Breeze

    The University of Edinburgh Bulletin - No 8, May 1996: "David Breeze was born in Blackpool in 1944 and educated at University College, Durham University. He graduated with a BA in Modern History in 1965 and proceeded to undertake research on the junior officers of the Roman army; his PhD was awarded in 1970.

    In 1969 David Breeze joined the staff of the Inspectorate of Ancient Monuments, then part of the Ministry of Public Building and Works, now Historic Scotland, and where he has risen from the rank of Assistant Inspector to Chief Inspector.

    David Breeze's primary research interests are the Roman army and Roman frontier studies. He has published several books on Hadrian's Wall and Roman Scotland and many papers in British and foreign journals. He has also excavated extensively in North Britain, including on both Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall.

    Dr Breeze served as President of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland from 1987 to 1990, Chairman of the 1989 Hadrian's Wall Pilgrimage, and on the council of several learned societies. He is a member of the International Committee of the Congress of Roman Frontier Studies. Dr Breeze is a Visiting Professor at the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham."

    Nigel Nicholson

    Classic in life and lesson: "In past years, he has led seminars on the weirdness of Ovid's Metamorphoses, the shape of Augustan ideology, the Roman experience of love, the poetess Sulpicia, and, most recently, how Roman poets do nothing but talk about their own poetry! Now, two national groups have recognized what Dr. Nigel Nicholson's fans at Reed College in Southeast Portland, Oregon have known for a decade. The tall, slim Englishman who makes the ancient Greeks and Romans come alive for his students has been named the 2004 Oregon Professor of the Year. The award is given jointly by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.

    At Reed, where rigor is the norm, Nicholson's high standards stand out. He learned them at boarding school near his childhood home in Surrey, southwest of London.

    Latin instruction started at age 9, Greek at age 11, in a setting he described as similar to Reed. Both schools are intense, demanding places, he says, where the classics remain vital and relevant, neither oddity nor afterthought.

    Nicholson idealized his teachers, especially those who taught the languages and literature of Greece and Rome.

    'Their classes were fun. They were disciplined. They were challenging. They gave you everything you needed to get through, and they also just sort of knew their stuff,' he says. 'I always thought that would be an exciting life.'

    After earning his undergraduate degree in classical literature and philosophy from Oxford University, he considered a career in the British civil service. Not ready to give up his studies, he chose instead to enroll at the University of Pennsylvania and was surprised by how much he enjoyed teaching undergraduates. Nicholson received his doctorate in 1994. Reed hired him a year later.

    One of his new courses, "The Ancient Novel", offered a new perspective on these works and how they were transformed over the four hundred years of their production by changing social context.

    " With its absurd plots and apparent lack of moral depth, its interest in travel and the exotic, its insistence on positive female protagonists, its longevity and unfavorable critical reception, the Greek 'Novel' is strikingly different from other Classical genres. This seminar studied those novels that remain intact (Daphnis and Chloe, Clitophon and Leucippe, About Callirhoe and The Aethiopica), and compare them to their Roman counterparts (Petronius' Satyricon and Apuleius' Golden Ass)."

    See Dr. Nicholson's Home Page
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