Sunday, December 10, 2006

Richard P. Saller, new dean of Stanford's School of Humanities and Sciences

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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)

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

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."

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Dr. John Patterson

"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."