Ancient History

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  • 29 May 2023
    Seth Bernard

    Reframing Rome and Italy during the early Roman expansion

    What are the effects of empire-building, and how can we study them? With Making the Middle Republic, my two co-editors and I present a collection of papers emphasizing the importance of the fourth and third centuries BCE to the broader development of Republican Rome and Italy. This period saw the earliest phases of Roman imperial […]

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  • 24 May 2023
    Lea Niccolai

    Christianity, Philosophy, and Roman Power:Constantine, Julian and the Bishops on Exegesis and Empire

    The young Augustine was repelled by the Gospels. Or so he says, at least, in a passage from the Confessions (3.5.9) in which he reflects on his former, ‘inflated pride’. The student of rhetoric in love with Latin literature struggled to accept a written style that he perceived as ‘unworthy’ of his Marcus Tully (Cicero). […]

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  • 3 Feb 2023
    Lindsey A. Mazurek

    Moving Gods: Isis’ Journey to Greece in the Roman Empire

    The Roman Empire was constantly in motion. People, products, and ideas crisscrossed the Mediterranean at what must have seemed like lightning speed. One of these ideas was the worship of the Egyptian gods Isis and Sarapis, which first appeared in Greece in the late 4th century BCE. By the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian […]

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  • 2 Feb 2023
    Claire Bubb

    Dissection in Classical Antiquity

    Do you think with your heart or with your head? Far from a metaphorical question, this debate roiled ancient medicine at a very literal level. The topic of where, precisely, the soul interfaced with the body was a contentious one, with many arguing for the brain but many others rooting for the heart in all […]

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  • 11 Jan 2023
    Catherine Kearns

    Weathered history: what ancient countrysides can tell us about climate

    Today’s media increasingly serves us clickbait climate histories. Headlines prompt us to read how the city-states of the Maya collapsed because of drought, how massive empires like that of the Neo-Assyrians or Akkadians buckled from the pressures of aridity and famines, or why Genghis Khan’s armies were successful due to abundant rains across Mongolia. Such […]

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  • 5 Jan 2023
    Dean Hammer

    Rome, America, and the Irresolution of Identity

    Over the years I have become increasingly fascinated by the relationship of ancient Rome to the United States, not as the source of particular institutions or a political vocabulary, but as revealing unresolved questions of identity that derive from their shared founding myths. That founding is neither located in a constitutional moment nor organized around […]

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  • 12 Aug 2022
    Sarah F. Derbew

    A Revamped Archaeology of Blackness

    The discipline of Classics stands at a curious crossroads. While some of its advocates resist conflating the ancient Greco-Roman world with the twenty-first century, others weaponize Greco-Roman antiquity for modern gain. The latter stance becomes especially contentious when discussions of skin color enter the fray. Intent on correcting myopic perspectives, I foreground dynamic iterations of […]

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  • 18 May 2022
    View of the Stoa of Attalos during reconstruction in 1956 (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Agora Image: 2012.55.0183
    Noah Kaye

    Taxation and Belonging: Lessons from the Attalids of Pergamon

    View of the Stoa of Attalos during reconstruction in 1956 (American School of Classical Studies at Athens, Agora Image: 2012.55.0183)

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