I am an archaeologist specializing in mythology, ancient numismatics, and religion in the Roman provinces. I’m interested in the material dimensions of the stories that communities and peoples tell about themselves, their past, and connection to other groups. My current project considers how mythological traditions and imagery, particularly on civic coinage, create and perpetuate traditions concerning political and cultural identity. I have excavated across the Roman world, from England to Israel, but my new project splits the geographic difference in Montenegro. Beginning in summer 2019 I’ll be collaborating with the Balkan Heritage Field School on excavations at the Roman city of Doclea, located just outside Podgorica in Montenegro today. Come dig with us! I also co-direct WIRE: Women in the Roman East, an online tool for exploring the lived experiences of women in the Roman Near East.
I’m originally from Southern California (just outside Los Angeles), but headed to the east coast for college, and have been here ever since. I am currently an Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, with a Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2016), an M.A. from UNC Chapel Hill (2010), and an undergraduate degree from The George Washington University (2008; majors: classical humanities, archaeology, history).
In Spring 2019 I’ll be teaching Introduction to Roman Archaeology (CCI 212) with an honors section, the Age of Constantine (CCI 327), and Elementary Latin II (LAT102); you can find past syllabi for these classes, and others, here.
Contact: rlleblan AT uncg.edu