Department of Humanities

Visiting address
201 Howard, Digby Stuart

Biography

I am a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History. My areas of specialisation are the Economy of the Roman Empire and the Reception of Antiquity in modern visual culture. 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 at the Universities of Wales TSD (Lampeter) (2010-12), Leicester (2008-09), Dresden (2006-08) and Heidelberg (2005-06).

Qualifications

MA, PhD Ancient History (University of Barcelona)

Research interests

I am a Roman historian interested in Roman Economy, Ancient Trade, Roman Law and Epigraphy. 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, social status and the reception of antiquity in cinema and modern visual culture. I have worked on ancient authors such as Cicero, Strabo and Pliny the Elder. I am co-editor of Imagines, La Antiguedad en las Artes Escenicas y Visuales (La Rioja 2008), Hellas on Screen: Cinematic Receptions of Ancient History, Literature and Myth (Stuttgart 2008), Seduction and Power. Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts (2013), Imagining Ancient Cities in Film (London 2015) and Ruin or Renewal? Places and the Transformation of memory in the City of Rome (Rome 2016).

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

Research projects

My current projects include a book on Roman Auctions, an economic and social study of the Roman Art Market (funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation, 2017-8), as well as a study on economic thought and practices in the work of the Early-Christian author Tertullian. I am also currently workin gon uses Ancient themes and imageries in modern advertising. I am member of the following collaborative research networks: Imagines (www.imagines-project.org), a cross-disciplinary project on the reception of Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts; and RomeScapes (www.romescapes.org), 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 (www.aniho.org), and 'The Roman Estate Market: An Economic Analysis (2nd c. BC to 2nd c. AD), a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy (HAR2016-76882-P) (2017-20).

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, and the Classical Reception Studies Network.

Teaching

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.

Links

Research outputs

  1. Patterns of Trade and Economy in Strabo's Geography

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Placing the hasta in the Forum: Cicero and the Topographic Symbolism of Patrimonial Sales

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

View all (18) »

Prizes

  1. Tertullian and the Roman Economy

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  2. The Roman Art Markets

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

View all (2) »

ID: 26914