Myth and Civic Identities in the Roman Provinces
My current project explores the multifaceted ways in which Roman provincial communities used Greco-Roman and local mythological traditions to create, perpetuate, and circumscribe their political and cultural identities. The larger project is focused on the material manifestations of this engagement, particularly in public contexts, particularly through local coinages, but also in epigraphy, sculpture, and through architecture. Studies in progress include: the Marsyas of the Forum type in the provinces; depictions of Roman founders and Roman founding on provincial coins; biblical imagery on civic coinages in Roman East.
Above: reverse of local bronze coin of Antoninus Pius (dated 149/150 CE) minted at Ascalon, depicting the local goddess Derceto on the back of an ichthyocentaur (via Roman Provincial Coinage Online no.6374)
WIRE: Women in the Roman East
WIRE is an online database (currently in beta) that allows visitors to explore the roles and experiences of women in the ancient Roman Near East. The project is widely accessible for scholars, students, and those with a more casual interest in the ancient world. It includes pedagogical suggestions and materials. Visit and explore the database at wireproject.org.