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MA, PhD Ancient History (University of Barcelona)


I am an Ancient Historian who works mainly on the Roman Economy, with special focus on financial activities, marketing and economic mentality and decision-making. I also work on the Reception of Antiquity in modern visual cultures. I joined the University of Roehampton in September 2013. Previously I was Senior Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation at the University of Heidelberg (2012-13). I have held lectureships and post-doc positions at the Universities of Wales TSD (Lampeter) (2010-12), Leicester (2008-09), Dresden (2006-08) and Heidelberg (2005-06).

Research interests

I am a Roman historian interested in the Roman Economy, Ancient Trade, Roman Law and Epigraphy. My current projects investigate the impact of corruption on Roman economic mentalities and performance, as well as Roman concepts of value. I also work on the reception of Antiquity in the performing and visual arts. My PhD (Barcelona, published in 2005) was devoted to the social and economic function of auction sales in the Roman world. My publications cover topics such as wealth and financial activities in ancient Rome, Roman law, ancient trade and marketing, social status, economic mentalities and decision-making. My Classical reception works cover topics such as Carthage and modern imagination, the history of ancient and modern advertising and classics and cinema. I have worked on ancient authors such as Cicero, Strabo, Seneca and Pliny the Elder. I am currently co-editing a volume on the Real-Estate Market in ancient Rome for Routledge Explorations in Economic History. I am also co-editor of Managing Information in the Roman Economy (Palgrave-MacMillan 2021); Advertising Antiquity (special issue: thersites 2018); Ruin or Renewal? Places and the Transformation of memory in the City of Rome (Quasar: Rome 2016); Imagining Ancient Cities in Film: From Babylon to Cinecità (Routledge: London 2015, paperback 2019); Seduction and Power. Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts (Bloomsbury: London-NY 2013, paperback 2015); Hellas on Screen: Cinematic Receptions of Ancient History, Literature and Myth (Steiner: Stuttgart 2008); Imagines, La Antiguedad en las Artes Escenicas y Visuales (La Rioja 2008). 

I am co-editor of the book series RomeScapes. Social and Cultural Topographies of the City of Rome (Edizioni Quasar) and Studies in Ancient Corruption (de Gruyter).

I am happy to supervise original PhDs proposals on Ancient economies, trade and material culture, Roman law and urban life, on wealth and social status during the Roman Republic and the Principate, and on gender and economic history. I am also pleased to consider PhD proposals on the reception of Antiquity in 19th, 20th and 21st century visual cultures.

Research projects

Currently co-PI of "Twisted Transfers: Discoursive Constructions of Corruption in Ancient Greece and Rome", a UK-German collaborative project between the Universities of Roehampton and Potsdam (PI Filippo Carlà-Uhink), which has been awarded by the AHRC and the German Research Foundation (DFG) (2020-23, c. £700,000 for both teams). The UK team is composed by Dr Shushma Malik (Co-I, Roehampton); Dr Yehudah Gershon (Post-Doc, Roehampton); Dr Cristina-Rosillo-López (external Co-I, UPO Seville); external collaborator Dr Elisabeth Carter (Criminology and Forensic Linguist, University of Kingston).

Link to the TT Roehampton site: https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/projects/twisted-transfers-discursive-constructions-of-corruption-in-ancie

Link to the Potsdam TT site

The Twisted Transfers Video Series includes papers and conference lectures by members of the projects and guest speakers. As part of Twisted Transfers, I also co-wrote (with S. Malik), the BBCArts (Animated Thinking Programme) video "Are you corrupt?". This awarded video seccured further £18,000 for the Twisted Transfers project. See also the History Extra podcast Corruption in the ancient world (April 2022)

I am also co-fofounder and coordinator of the Engendering Ancient Economies Network (from 2022) (see activities): https://pure.roehampton.ac.uk/portal/en/activities/engendering-ancient-economies-network

Other ongoing projects include a book on Roman Auctions, an economic and social study of the Roman Art Market (funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, 2017-18), contributions on asymmetric information and behavioural economics in Ancient Rome, as well as a study on economic mentalities and practices in the work of the Early-Christian author Tertullian. I am also currently working on ancient and modern forms of marketing and advertising. I am member of the following collaborative research networks: Imagines Project, a cross-disciplinary project on the reception of Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts; and RomeScapes, an international network that focuses on the perception of space(s) in the ancient city of Rome. I also collaborate with ANIHO/ANIWEH, a project that investigates the impact of Antiquity on the shaping of modern national identities, and with 'The Real-Estate Market in the Roman World: An Economic Analysis (2nd c. BC to 2nd c. AD), a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities  (HAR2016-76882-P, PI C. Rosillo). (volume forthcoming)

Professional affiliations

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Member of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the Roman Society, the Classical Association, the Economic History Society, The Royal Economic Society, The Society for the History of Collecting, and the Classical Reception Studies Network.


My teaching areas are the History of the Roman Empire, Social and Economic history of Ancient Rome, Roman material culture, the city of Rome, Pompeii, Roman Africa, Latin epigraphy, Roman financial history, trade and travel-writing in the Ancient Mediterranean, Roman law, Antiquity in modern visual culture, Classics and Cinema. My new 1st year module  'Ancient Explorations: Africa, Asia, Europe' focuses on Ancient travelling, geographical and scientific knowledge, and geographical imagination.



  • DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
  • Economy
  • Society
  • Ethics and Economy
  • Law and Economy
  • Trade
  • D051 Ancient History
  • Economic mentality
  • Banking and Finances
  • HB Economic Theory
  • HC Economic History and Conditions


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