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Fragment of a marble Sarcophagus
ca. 230-240 ACE
Duke Museum of Art

Mary T. Boatwright
Mary T. Boatwright

Title: Professor of Ancient History and Department Chair
Office Location: 231 Allen
Office Phone: (919) 684-3189, (919) 681-4292
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Office Hours:

Mondays 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.
Tuesdays 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.
Teaching (Fall 2015):   (typical courses)

  • Clst 724s.01, Sem in ancient history i (top) Synopsis
    See instru, W 04:40 PM-07:10 PM
  • Ph.D. in Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1980
  • B.A. in Classical Studies, Stanford University, 1973
  • Michigan Assoc., American Academy, Rome, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1977
  • M.A. in Classical Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1975
  • Laurea, voto ottimo, in Etruscologiá Universitá per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy, 1974
  • Certificato in Corso Medio di Italiano, Universitá per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy, 1973

Research Interests:

Roman history, especially the social and political history of the empire; topography of Rome; Rome's northern frontiers; Roman women; Latin historiography
Representative Publications   (More Publications)
  1.  Peoples of the Roman World.  Introduction to Roman Civilization Cambridge University Press, 2012. [available here]  [abs]
  2. with Daniel J. Gargola, Noel Lenski and Richard J. A. Talbert. The Romans From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire.  Oxford University Press, 2011. (2nd, expanded edition. Czech translation published 12/12) [available here]  [abs]
  3. "Agrippa’s Building Inscriptions." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik  vol. 189  (2014): 255-64.  [abs]
  4. "Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum." Transactions of the American Philological Association  vol. 141  (2011): 107-43.
  5. "The Elogia of the Volusii Saturnini at Lucus Feroniae, and the Education of their Domestic Service." L'écriture dans la maison romaine. Edited by M. Corbier and J.-P. Guilhembet.  de Boccard (2011): 99-112. [available here]
  6. "Antonine Rome: Security in the Homeland." The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation and Ritual. Edited by Bjoern C. Ewald and Carlos F. Norena.  New York: Cambridge University Press (2010): 169-97.
  7.  Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire.  Princeton University Press, 2000.
  8. "Children and Parents on the Tombstones of Pannonia." The Roman Family in the Empire: Rome, Italy and Beyond. Edited by M. George.  Oxford (2005): 287-318.
  9. "The City Gate of Plancia Magna in Perge." Roman Art in Context: An Anthology. Edited by E. D'Ambra.  Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall (1993): 189-207.
  10.  Hadrian and the City of Rome.  Princeton University Press, 1987.
  11. "Imperial Women of the Early Second Century A.C." American Journal of Philology  vol. 112  (1991): 513-40.
  12. "Trajan Outside Rome: Buildings and Sculptural Commissions in Italian and Provincial Cities." Sage and Emperor. Edited by P. Stadter and L. Van der Stockt.  Leuven: Leuven University Press (2003): 259-77.
  13. "Faustina the Younger, Mater Castrorum." Etude de Lettres. Edited by R. Frei-Stolba and A. Biel.   (2003): 249-68.
  14. "Tacitus and the Final Rites of Agrippina: Annals 14, 9." Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History. Edited by C. Deroux. Collection Latomus vol. XIV  (2008): 375-93.
  15. Review of A. Leone et al., 'Res bene gestae': Ricerche di storia urbana su Roma antica in onore di Eva Margareta Steinby. Bryn Mawr Classical Review  (2009). [html]
  16. "Just Window Dressing? Imperial Women as Architectural Sculpture." I Claudia II. Edited by D.E.E. Kleiner and S.B. Matheson.  Austin: University of Texas Press (2000): 61-75.
  17. with co-editor H. B. Evans. The Shapes of City Life in Rome and Pompeii.  Caratzas, 2000.
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