research

current projects

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.

Obverse of local bronze coin of Hostilian (251 CE) minted at Aelia Capitolina, depicting Romulus, Remus and the Lupa Romana (via Roman Provincial Coinage Online, no.2198)
Obverse 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)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

digital

WIRE: Women in the Roman East 

WIRE is an online database 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.

Digital Pausanias Project

The Digital Pausanias Project is an interactive text and map of the narrative from the second century CE writer Pausanias’ ten book Descriptions of Greece. Viewers can explore the built, imagined, and mythological landscapes of ancient Greece by following Pausanias’ narrative, or by exploring the map unrestricted by the narrative. The project has two main goals: first, to offer a dynamic, interactive and illustrated text of Pausanias’ Descriptions of Greece which is accessible to undergraduates and non-specialist researchers; second, to serve as a tool to provide the context, framework, skills, and opportunities for undergraduate students to conduct focused, guided research on select topics in the ancient world, whether in large lecture courses, or in upper-level major-specific courses. Many of the entries and annotations in the DPP will include significant undergraduate student contributions.

 

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