Invited Speakers

Dr Penelope Goodman is Associate Professor in Classics at the University of Leeds. She is a specialist in spatial organisation in Roman urban sites, and the commemoration of Emperor Augustus, and has published widely on both topics. Her first monograph provided a detailed analysis of periurban development in the Roman cities of Gaul (The Roman City and its Periphery: from Rome to Gaul), and in 2018 she edited a volume that examined the complex historical interpretation and reception of Augustus (Afterlives of Augustus: AD 14 – 2014). Most recently, Penny has written a study of the fourteen regions of the city of Rome, arguing that these regions created distinctive neighbourhood identities, and helped establish long-lasting organizational traditions. Penny is currently completing a monograph that looks  at the activities that marked the bimillennia of Augustus’ birth (1938) and death (2014).

Dr Ellen O’Gorman is Senior Lecturer in Classics, and Director of the Institute of Greece, Rome, and the Classical Tradition at the University of Bristol. She is a specialist in the historiography of the Roman Empire, and has published widely on Tacitus, political discourse, intertextuality and Latin literature. Ellen’s first monograph provided a new study of Tacitus, recognising the irony that pervades the Annals. This offered a crucial new perspective on both Tacitus and his work (Irony and Misreading in the Annals of Tacitus), and Ellen has also co-edited a volume on the connection between psychoanalysis and myth (Classical Myth and Psychoanalysis: Ancient and Modern Stories of the Self). Ellen has recently worked on how politically effective speech in Tacitus’ writing develops his interpretation of political change, and considered wider opportunities for subjects of the Empire to engage with their political surroundings (Tacitus’ History of Politically Effective Speech)

Dr Jayne Knight is Lecturer in Classics and Humanities Honours coordinator at the University of Tasmania. She is a specialist in Roman cultural history, Latin literature and the history of emotions, and has published on Seneca’s De Clementia, Virgil’s Georgics and anger as a form of social control in ancient Rome. Jayne is currently completing a monograph that looks at anger in both the republic and the early Empire, building upon her doctoral research.

Dr Alex Imrie is Classics Outreach Coordinator for Scotland at Classics for All and the Classical Association Scotland, has been a Research Associate at the University of St Andrews, and is currently Tutor in Ancient History and Classics at the University of Edinburgh. He is a specialist in the history of the Later Roman Empire, with a particular focus on the Severan Dynasty, and has published on Cassius Dio, Caracalla, legal edicts and coinage. His first book provided a detailed study of the Constitutio Antoniniana (The Antonine Constitution: an edict for the Caracallan Empire), and he is currently completing a biography of Caracalla, which will offer a new perspective on both the Emperor and the wider Severan dynasty.

Professor Eric Moormann is a specialist in ancient Roman paintings, buildings and iconography. An archaeologist and a classicist, he has published extensively on a wide range of topics, including Nero, Domitian, Roman topography, and the city of Pompeii. He has worked in Naples, Amsterdam, Athens and Rome, and held the Chair of Classical Archaeology at the University of Radboud in the Netherlands from 2002-2021. He is now Professor Emeritus of Radboud, and is a Co-Organiser of the new Domitian Exhibition at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (opening December, 2021). Eric is interested in the relationship between physical evidence and ancient literature, and the spatial realities of sites such as the Via Appia in Rome.

Dr Monica Hellström is Departmental Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Oxford and a fellow of Corpus Christi College. Monica held a Leverhulme Early Research Fellowship in the Classics Department at the University of Durham, and is a specialist in the history of the Roman Empire, and has published widely on epigraphy, imperial imagery, urban topography and Roman society. Most recently Monica has co-edited a volume that provides a new way of thinking about imperial images (The Social Dynamics of Roman Imperial Imagery), and within this offered a detailed study of inscribed statue bases within provincial towns in Roman North Africa. Monica has also recently written about building inscriptions in the hinterland of Carthage, reconstructing our understanding of the social dynamics within this region in the second-century AD. 

Professor Barbara Kellum is an expert in the visual culture of ancient Rome. Barbara teaches Art History at Smith College (Massachusetts) and has published widely across a number of different areas, including the graffiti of Pompeii, imperial architecture and building design, imperial messages within ancient sculpture and the fertility god Priapus. Barbara is a part of the Smith Museums Concentration advisory committee, and engages closely with visualisation and museum theory, which in turn helps to shape both her teaching and scholarship. She is currently working with the Imaging Centre at Smith College on building a virtual model of the Porticus of Livia, and is writing a monograph entitled Winning Hearts and Minds: Augustan Visual Strategies.

Professor Neville Morley is a specialist in ancient economic and social history, Roman and Greek historiography, historical theory and classical reception. He is Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter. Neville has published widely in a number of different fields, and is very much a reflective practitioner of history and classics (for instance Theories, Models and Concepts in Ancient History; Writing Ancient History). Most recently he has focussed upon Thucydides, the historian of the Peloponnesian War, producing a number of important chapters, articles and also his seventh monograph (Thucydides and the Idea of History). Neville regularly writes about Rome and Greece, and is also interested in the modern reception of ancient political ideas. He is currently writing a book entitled Marx and Antiquity, that brings together his different research areas.

Dr Hannah-Marie Chidwick is a Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol. Her research expertise is in Roman warfare, and she has published on military history, Latin literature, and modern receptions of ancient conflict. Hannah-Marie is currently editing an interdisciplinary volume that looks at the body of the combatant in the Ancient Mediterranean, alongside writing a monograph which draws from post-structuralist theory to read Lucan’s epic poem, Civil War

Dr Wolfgang Havener is Lecturer in Ancient History and Epigraphy at the University of Heidelberg. He is a specialist in the political and military history of the late Republic and the early Empire, and has published on imperial military persona, civil war, Augustus and Cassius Dio. His first monograph provided a detailed exploration of Augustus’ military persona, recognising how this developed through a complex interaction with the senatorial elite (Imperator Augustus. Die diskursive Konstituierung der militärischen persona des ersten römischen princeps). This provided a new way of approaching the development of Augustan power and authority. More recently, Wolfgang has been working on attitudes towards internal conflict in the Roman world, and is co-editing a volume that looks at civil war in the late Republic and early Principate.

Professor Greg Woolf is an expert in the cultural history of the Roman Empire. He draws upon both archaeological and historical evidence to help shape his views of the ancient world, allowing him to create distinctive and large-scale perspectives. From 2015-2021 he served as Professor of Classics and Director of Institute of Classical Studies (London), and in the Summer of 2021 took up the Ronald J Mellor Chair of Ancient History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Greg has published widely on a number of topics, and his most recent book looks at the rise and fall of ancient cities, tracing the realities of urbanism from the end of the Bronze Age onwards (The Life and Death of Ancient Cities: a Natural History). He is currently working on migration and ancient diasporas.

Professor Susann S. Lusnia is a specialist in the archaeology of the Roman Empire, Severan Rome, and the intersection of politics and propaganda within Roman art and architecture. Susann is Associate Professor for Classical Studies at Tulane University (Louisiana). She has published widely on art and archaeology in the Roman world, with a particular focus on Severan monuments and propaganda. Her first monograph offered a new study of Septimius Severus’ building programme in the city of Rome, recognising both the emperor’s attempts to create a sense of legitimacy for both him and his sons, as well as the way in which these efforts belonged to his wider programmes of political, military and legislative reform (Creating Severan Rome: The Architecture and Self-Image of L. Septimius Severus). Susann has been involved in archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Tunisia and Turkey, and is currently working on a book on the topography and monuments of Ancient Rome.

Dr Mairéad McAuley is Lecturer in Classics at University College London. She is a specialist in early imperial Roman literature, especially the Neronian and Flavian periods, and has research interests in gender, literary theory and the Classical tradition. Mairéad has published across a number of these areas, with recent articles on motherhood and gender in Latin literature. Her first book offered a detailed study of motherhood in Roman literature, and analysed the dynamics of gender within the ancient writings (Reproducing Rome: Motherhood in Virgil, Ovid, Seneca and Statius). Mairéad is currently working on a new book on touch and hands in Roman literature and culture. 

Dr. Jackie Murray is Associate Professor of Classics and African American and Africana Studies in the Modern and Classical Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department at the University of Kentucky. Her areas of research are Hellenistic and Latin Poetry, Race and Ethnicity in Antiquity, and Black Classicisms, especially the reception of Classics in African American and Afro-Caribbean literature. Jackie has published several important articles on various aspects of Hellenistic and Latin Poetry and Race and the Classics, most recently in 2020, “Quarrelling with Callimachus: A Response to Annette Harder’s Aspects of the Interaction between Apollonius Rhodius and Callimachus”, and in 2021 “Poetically Erect again: The female oriented dildo-humor in Herodas’ Mimiamb VI”,  and “Race and Sexuality: Racecraft in the Odyssey” in Denise McCoskey, ed., Bloomsbury Cultural History of Race Series which should appear in print by the Fall. Jackie is currently finishing up a monograph on Apollonius’ Argonautica, Νεῖκος: Apollonius’ Argonautica and the Poetics of Controversy under contract with Harvard University Press and in the beginning stages of a monograph on Race and Racecraft in Ancient Epic as well as collaborating with Annette Harder on a text, translation and commentary of Apollonius’ Argonautica Book 1, with Rebecca Futo Kennedy on a textbook, Understanding Race in Antiquity for Routledge, with Kelly Dugan and Shelley Haley on An Anti-Racist Teaching Guide for Classics, and with Elena Giusti and Rosa Andújar the Cambridge Companion to Race and Classics.

Dr Jane Bellemore is Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Newcastle (Australia). She is a specialist in the historiography of the Late Roman Republic and early Empire, and has published widely on a variety of ancient writers and topics, including Cicero, Cassius Dio, Drusus, Tiberius, Julius Caesar and the Plague of Athens in Thucydides. Jane’s first book provided a detailed study of the early imperial writer Nicolaus of Damascus, with a translation and commentary of his Life of Augustus. More recently, Jane has been working on Plautus, and the public depictions of brides in Rome. Jane is also working on a new book about the treatment of civilian war-captives by the Romans, drawing upon Polybius, Livy, Dionysius and Caesar.

Dr Rhiannon Evans is Associate Professor in Classics and Ancient History at La Trobe University (Australia), and Head of the Department of Language and Linguistics. She is a specialist in Latin literature, and is particularly interested in how ethnic and cultural identity is framed in Roman writings. Rhiannon has published widely on barbarian identity, ancient geography, Roman concepts of utopia, and Julius Caesar. Her first monograph offered a new perspective on the narratives of decline and Golden Age in Latin Literature, focussing on Vergil, Ovid and Tacitus. Rhiannon is strongly focussed upon broadcasting ancient history and classics to the wider public, and is a co-host of the highly regarded “Emperors of Rome” Podcast.

Professor Jinyu Liu teaches Classical Studies at DePauw University (Indiana) and is also a Distinguished Guest Professor at Shanghai Normal University in China. She is a specialist in social relations within Roman cities, with particular interests in epigraphy, underprivileged classes and ancient collegia. Jinyu has published widely on these topics, and her first book provided an entirely new interpretation of the Collegia Centonariorum found in Roman cities, demonstrating an important and consistent connection with the textile economy (Collegia Centonariorum: The Guilds of Textile Dealers in the Roman West). Jinyu is also interested in translation, and is currently the Principal Investigator of “Translating the Complete Corpus of Ovid’s Poetry into Chinese with Commentaries”.

Dr Hannah Cornwell is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Birmingham. She is a specialist in the political and social history of the late Republic and the early Empire, and has published on civil war, peace, diplomacy and imperialism in the Roman world. Hannah is a member of an international research network looking an internal war from the archaic period to Late Antiquity. Her first monograph focussed on the crucial period that spanned the last moments of the late Republic, and the emergence of the Principate under Augustus (Pax and the Politics of Peace: Republic to Principate). This work recalibrated an understanding of the pax Romana, recognising the inherent complexities surrounding Roman attitudes towards peace, and how integral this could be in reshaping understandings of imperialism and empire. Hannah is currently working on an edited volume that looks anew at the civil wars of the late Republic, and is also working on diplomacy and negotiation.

Dr Alessandro Maranesi teaches Political Communication and Roman History at both the Collegio Ghislieri and Università degli Studi di Pavia. He is a specialist in the political and legal history of the late Roman Empire, and has published on imperial political representation, governmental consensus, political narrative and panegyrics. He has a particular interest in the political realities and images that surround Emperor Constantine the Great. Recently he has written a study of Emperor Maximian and the different attempts made to alter the image of imperial power.

Professor David Potter is a specialist in Roman imperial history, Greek and Latin epigraphy and ancient historiography. He is Francis W. Kelsey Collegiate Professor of Greek and Roman History and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan. He has written a large number of books and articles that have challenged contemporary scholarly perspectives, and advanced new ways of interpreting and studying the Roman Empire. David’s two most recent monographs reflect his dynamic approach to ancient history (The Origin of Empire: Rome from the Republic to Hadrian & Disruption, Why Things Change). In the first, David presents a new reading of Roman government, tracing its development from contractor state to bureaucratic monarchy, and in the second he draws upon a number of case studies to investigate the drastic change brought about by the collapse of political authority. David is also co-editing the eleven volume Oxford History of the Roman World.

Professor Stéphane Benoist is a specialist in the history of the Roman Empire, with particular research interests in imperial power and its representation, imperial discourse and Latin epigraphy. Stéphane is Professor of Roman History at the University of Lille, and is part of the “Impact of Empire” international research network. He has published widely on imperial power and authority across the Roman world, presenting amongst other topics new perspectives on Augustus, Roman memory, and the images of Roman imperial authority. Stéphane’s recent work includes Le pouvoir à Rome : espace, temps, figures and the co-edited Mémoires de Trajan, Mémoires d’Hadrien. In both Stéphane challenges scholarly perspectives, and advances new ways of thinking about and defining imperial power and authority.

Dr Caroline Pudney is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at the University of Chester. She is a specialist in the Iron Age and Roman archaeology of Britain, and has published on coinage, socio-semiotics, personhood and the benefits of public archaeology. Most recently, Caroline has provided a new study of British Western Iron Age Coins, demonstrating how these artefacts can help us understood the way in which contemporary societies may have interpreted the world around them. Before joining Chester, Caroline was the Community Archaeologist for Cadw (the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service). Caroline spent a number of seasons excavating the Roman fortress at Caerleon as part of a team at Cardiff University and is currently working on a project to investigate the first structurally attested Roman villa in northeast Wales.