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Mary T. Boatwright, Professor Emerita of Classical Studies

Mary T. Boatwright

Please note: Mary has left the "History" group at Duke University; some info here might not be up to date.

Pronouns: She/her

I am interested in Roman history, especially the social and political history of the Empire; Roman women, especially imperial women; topography of Rome and Roman urbanism more generally; Rome's northern frontiers; and Latin historiography.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  233 Allen Bldg, West Campus, Durham, NC 27708-0103
Office Phone:  (919) 684-3189
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:  https://duke.academia.edu/MaryTBoatwright

Office Hours:

By appointment and Zoom.


Ph.D.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor1980
Michigan Assoc., American Academy, Rome,University of Michigan, Ann Arbor1977
M.A.University of Michigan, Ann Arbor1975
Laurea, voto ottimo, in EtruscologiáUniversitá per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy1974
B.A.Stanford University1973
Certificato in Corso Medio di Italiano,Universitá per Stranieri, Perugia, Italy1973
Research Interests: Roman history, especially the social and political history of the empire; topography of Rome; Rome's northern frontiers; Roman women; Latin historiography

Current projects: Article on representations of women and families on Roman-Pannonian tombstones, Topography of the Via Flaminia in Rome

Roman history, especially the social and political history of the empire; topography of Rome; Rome's northern frontiers; Roman women; Latin historiography

Areas of Interest:

Ancient Mediterranean
Temperate Europe (Roman period)


History • Imperialism • Romans • Rome--History--Hadrian, 117-138 • Women

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Melissa Huber  
  • Kathryn Langenfeld  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. with Boatwright, MT; Gargola, DJ; Lenski, N; Talbert, RJA, The Romans From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire (2011), pp. 624 pages, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0199730571 (2nd, expanded edition. Czech translation published 12/12.) [available here]  [abs]
  2. Boatwright, MT, Agrippa’s Building Inscriptions, Zeitschrift FüR Papyrologie Und Epigraphik, vol. 189 (2014), pp. 255-264  [abs]
  3. Boatwright, MT, Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum, Transactions of the American Philological Association, vol. 141 no. 1 (2011), pp. 105-141, Johns Hopkins University Press, ISSN 0360-5949 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Boatwright, MT, The Elogia of the Volusii Saturnini at Lucus Feroniae, and the Education of their Domestic Service, in L’écriture dans la maison romaine, edited by Corbier, M; Guilhembet, J-P (2012), pp. 99-112, de Boccard, Paris [available here]
  5. Boatwright, MT, Antonine Rome: Security in the Homeland, in The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation and Ritual, edited by Ewald, BC; Norena, CF (2010), pp. 169-197, Cambridge University Press
  6. Boatwright, MT, Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire (2000), Princeton University Press
  7. Boatwright, MT, The City Gate of Plancia Magna in Perge, in Roman Art in Context: An Anthology, edited by Ambra, ED (1993), pp. 189-207, Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall
  8. Boatwright, MT, Hadrian and the City of Rome (1987), Princeton University Press
  9. Boatwright, MT, Imperial Women of the Early Second Century A.C, American Journal of Philology, vol. 112 no. 4 (1991), pp. 513-40, JSTOR, ISSN 0002-9475 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  10. Boatwright, MT, Trajan Outside Rome: Buildings and Sculptural Commissions in Italian and Provincial Cities, in Sage and Emperor, edited by Stadter, P; Stockt, LVD (2003), pp. 259-277, Leuven: Leuven University Press
  11. Boatwright, MT, Faustina the Younger, Mater Castrorum, edited by Frei-Stolba, R; Biel, A (2003), pp. 249-68
  12. Boatwright, MT, Tacitus and the Final Rites of Agrippina: Annals 14, 9, in Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, Collection Latomus, edited by Deroux, C, vol. XIV (2008), pp. 375-93
  13. Boatwright, MT, 'Res bene gestae’: Ricerche di storia urbana su Roma antica in onore di Eva Margareta Steinby (2009) [html]
  14. Boatwright, MT, Just Window Dressing? Imperial Women as Architectural Sculpture, in I Claudia II, edited by Kleiner, DEE; Matheson, SB (2000), pp. 61-75, University of Texas Press
  15. with co-editor H. B. Evans, The Shapes of City Life in Rome and Pompeii, edited by Boatwright, MT; Evans, HB (2000), Caratzas  [abs]

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