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