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.

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