I am an archaeologist specializing in ancient numismatics, mythological imagery, and religion in the Roman provinces. I’m broadly interested in the material dimensions of the stories that communities and peoples tell about themselves, their past, and their connections to other groups. Most of my research considers these themes via civic coinage in the Eastern Mediterranean. My current projects include work on numismatic imagery in Roman colonies, aspects of local coinage in Arabia, piggybanks, and depictions of Aeneas and Dido in Roman art.
I have excavated across the Roman world, from England to Israel. In summer 2019 I began collaborating with the Balkan Heritage Field School and the Museum and Gallery of Podgorica on excavations at the Roman city of Doclea (Montenegro). Learn more here! 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 am currently an Assistant Professor in Classical Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I received my PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016, and an MA from UNC-CH in 2010. I completed my undergraduate degree at The George Washington University in 2008, where I studied Classical Humanities, Archaeology, and History.
Originally from the suburbs of Los Angeles, I continue to use “the” before the numbers of freeways and refuse to fully accept temperatures lower than 50 degrees in January.
Please note that I am on leave in Fall 2020.
Contact: rlleblan AT uncg.edu