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."

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