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)
Romans in Illyricum–Doclea Excavations
Doclea was a Roman city and administrative center in the province of Dalmatia, located today on the outskirts of Podgorica in Montenegro. Excavations and exploration of the site since the 19th century have revealed three temples, a forum and basilica, two churches, tombs, the main city streets, and residential buildings. In summer 2019 we’ll be excavating several rooms in a Roman residential buildings adjacent to one of the temples in the city center, just off the intersection of the decumanus and cardo. Come dig with us! The season runs for four weeks from May 22-June 19, but you can also join for a two week session. University/course credit is available if you attend the whole season! More details here.
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.