Department of Humanities

Visiting address
201 Howard, Digby Stuart


I am a Senior Lecturer in Ancient History. My areas of specialisation are the Roman Economy, with special focus on financial activities and marketing. I also work on 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 and post-doc positions at the Universities of Wales TSD (Lampeter) (2010-12), Leicester (2008-09), Dresden (2006-08) and Heidelberg (2005-06).


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 and marketing, social status. I am particularly interested in the reception of Carthage and in the history of ancient and modern advertising. 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), Ruin or Renewal? Places and the Transformation of memory in the City of Rome (Rome 2016) and Advertising Antiquity (special issue: thersites 2018).

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 the reception 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, 2017-18), 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 (, 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) (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, 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 module 'Ancient Explorations: Africa, Asia, Europe' focuses on Ancient travelling, geographical and ccientific knowledge, and geographical imagination.


Research outputs

  1. Exotic, Erotic, Heroic? Women of Carthage in Western Imagination

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  2. Advertising Antiquity: Introduction

    Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

  3. Antiquity and Modern Nations in the Liebig Trading Cards

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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  1. Tertullian and the Roman Economy

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

  2. The Roman Art Markets

    Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

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