The historians' quotes used throughout this site are taken from interviews conducted for the filming of "The Roman Empire in the First Century AD". They are based on transcripts of the interviewee speaking; therefore, many of the quotes may seem informally constructed.
Professor Keith Bradley teaches Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria. A specialist in the social and cultural history of ancient Rome, he is the author of five books: Suetonius' Life of Nero: An Historical Commentary (1978); Slaves and Masters in the Roman Empire (1986); Slavery and Rebellion in the Roman World (1989); Discovering the Roman Family (1991); and Slavery and Society at Rome (1994). Professor Bradley has also written more than one hundred articles, essays, and reviews. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and presently holds a Killam Research Fellowship. He is currently working on a book on Apuleius. He spent the first ten years of his teaching career in the United States, principally at Johns Hopkins and Stanford, before moving to Canada in 1980.
The Rev. Dr. Allen Callahan is Associate Professor of New Testament and Horace Dey Lentz Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School and is an ordained Baptist minister. He is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and received his bachelor’s degree in Religion from Princeton University. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in the Study of Religion at Harvard University, specializing in New Testament Studies and Early Christian History. He has taught theology at Boston College, Andover-Newton Theological School, the Seminário Teologico Batista do Nordeste in Brazil, and Harvard University. A recipient of numerous honors and grants, the Rev. Dr. Callahan teaches language courses as well as courses on biblical literature, ancient Christian literature, early church history; ancient African Christianity; African American religion and theology; and African American biblical interpretation.
Dr. Elaine Fantham was Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University with specialization in Roman theater, epic, rhetoric, and women's history until 1999. Her many publications include the books, Roman Literary Culture (1996); Women in the Classical World, Image and Text (1994 with Foley, Kampen, Pomeroy, and Shapiro); Lucan: de Bello Civili II (1992); and Seneca's Troades: A Literary Commentary (1982). Dr. Fantham is a member of the editorial board of the journals Phoenix, Materiali e Discussioni, and Rhetorica.
Professor Karl Galinsky received his doctorate at Princeton University in 1966. For many years, he has taught at the University of Texas, Austin, where he is currently the Floyd Cailloux Centennial Professor of Classics and a Distinguished Teaching Professor. He is the author of several books and numerous articles on various aspects of Roman civilization, including literature, art, history, and religion. Dr. Galinsky’s scholarship has been supported by prestigious research awards, such as fellowships from the Guggenheim and von Humboldt Foundations and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and the American Academy in Rome. The holder of four awards for teaching excellence, he regularly teaches a large introductory course on Roman civilization. He is a specialist in the age of Augustus and is the author of, Augustan Culture: An Interpretive Introduction (Princeton University Press paperback, 1998). He is currently preparing The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus for the Cambridge University Press.
Professor Erich Gruen has taught history and the classics at the University of California, Berkeley since 1966, with special interests in Greek and Roman History, and the Jews in the Greco-Roman World. Educated at Columbia, Oxford, and Harvard Universities, he has received numerous honors and awards for his scholarship and teaching, including fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1996) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (1996). He was a Resident in Classics at the American Academy in Rome in 1990. More recently, he received a President's Fellowship in Humanities (1999-2000) and the Austrian Cross of Honor for distinguished work in scholarship of the arts (1999). He was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1986) and the American Philosophical Society (2000). He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Interdisciplinary History and the American Journal of Ancient History. His publications include Last Generation of the Roman Republic (1974, nominated for a National Book Award), The Hellenistic World and the Coming of Rome (1988, awarded the James H. Breasted Prize), and Heritage and Hellenism: The Reinvention of Jewish Tradition (1998).
Professor Judith Hallett is Chair of the Classics Department and Professor of Classics at the University of Maryland at College Park. Currently Associate Editor of the journal Classical World, she has lectured and published widely on Roman literature and culture in the Augustan age and early imperial periods with a special focus on women, sexuality, and the family. Author of the book, Fathers and Daughters in Roman Society: Women and the Elite Family (Princeton 1984), she has recently co-edited (with M.B. Skinner) Roman Sexualities (Princeton 1997) and (with S. K. Dickison) Rome and Her Monuments (Bolchazy-Carducci 2000). She has also contributed chapters to several volumes of scholarly essays, including Women and Christian Origins (Oxford 1999). Professor Hallett has worked with Erich Segal on the ABC-TV sports documentary, The Ancient Games, and has appeared on the Canadian Broadcasting Company's Court of Ideas radio series as an expert witness on Sappho, Augustus, Nero and Boudicca. She has also appeared on several History Channel programs, including the History of Sex, 1999.
Professor Karen King teaches New Testament Studies and the History of Ancient Christianity at Harvard University. An editorial board member for the journal, Religion, Professor King's extensive publications include the books, Revelation and the Unknowable God (1996); Images of the Feminine in Gnosticism: Studies in Antiquity and Christianity (editor, 1988); and Women and Goddess Traditions: Studies on Asia, the Ancient Mediterranean and Contemporary Goddess Theology (editor, 1997). She has two books in progress: Reimagining Gnosticism (for Princeton University Press) and A Commentary on the Gospel of Mary (for Polebridge Press). She is the author of over fifty additional scholarly articles and papers on early Christianity.
Professor Diana E. E. Kleiner is an art historian known worldwide for her expertise on Roman sculpture. She is the Dunham Professor of Classics and History of Art, and Deputy Provost for the Arts at Yale University. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Roman art and its political and social context. Her books, Roman Group Portraiture: The Funerary Reliefs of the Late Republic and Early Empire, and Roman Imperial Funerary Altars with Portraits, are considered the definitive works in their field. Her more recent book, Roman Sculpture, has become the fundamental reference on the sculpture of Rome for students, specialists, and the general public. Along with a colleague at Yale, she curated an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery, entitled "I, Claudia: Women in Ancient Rome," which opened at Yale in September 1996, and traveled to San Antonio, Texas, and Raleigh, North Carolina. The exhibition, which was funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, brought together some
of the finest works of Roman art in the United States and was accompanied by a catalog of the same name. In 2000, it was followed by a sequel volume: I, Claudia II: Women in Roman Art and Society. Professor Kleiner's courses at Yale, where she has taught since 1980, focus on subjects such as Augustan Rome, Roman sculpture, Roman architecture, and women in Roman art.
Professor Ronald Mellor has been teaching Greek and Roman History at UCLA for 25 years. He has been a Visiting Fellow/Scholar at University College London, the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University, the American Academy in Rome, and the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies. He has held fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Learned Societies. His research has centered on ancient religion and Roman historiography. His seven books are: Thea Rhome: The Goddess Roma in the Greek World (1975); From Augustus to Nero: The First Dynasty of Imperial Rome (ed. 1990); Tacitus (1992); Tacitus: The Classical Heritage (1995); The Historians of Ancient Rome (ed. 1997); The Roman Historians (1999); and Text and Tradition: Studies in Greek History and Historiography in Honor of Mortimer Chambers (ed. 1999) He is also author of the principal articles on ancient Rome in the CD-ROM encyclopedia, Encarta 2000 (Microsoft). From 1992 to 1997, Professor Mellor was Chair of the UCLA History Department. He is the statewide Principal Investigator of the California History-Social Science Project, which brings university faculty together with K-12 teachers at ten sites in California. The CHSSP was given the 2000 American Historical Association Beveridge Award for K-12 teaching.
Professor Richard Saller is the Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History and Classics at the University of Chicago. He is also Dean of the university's Social Sciences Division, and former chairman of the History Department. Professor Saller has written prolifically on the social history of ancient Rome. His books include Patriarchy, Property, and Death in the Roman Family (1994); (with P. Garnsey) The Roman Empire: Economy, Society, and Culture (1987); (also with P. Garnsey) The Early Principate: Augustus to Trajan (1982); and Personal Patronage Under the Early Empire (1982). Professor Saller has also edited two collected volumes and numerous scholarly articles. He is currently Associate Editor of the journal, Classical Philology.
Professor Jo-Ann Shelton teaches classics at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her research interests are in the social and cultural history of the ancient Roman world. She has produced a comprehensive source book on Roman social history, As the Romans Did (Oxford 1998, second edition), and published articles on Roman marriage and family structure. She has also published two books and several articles on the tragedies of Seneca the Younger, as well as articles on arena events and chariot racing. In addition, she has published articles on the prose rhetoric of Seneca the Younger and Pliny the Younger. Professor Shelton is interested in the history of human attitudes toward animals. She has published several articles on epicurean theories about the moral status of animals. She is currently working on two research projects. The first is on the display of elephants in ancient Roman arenas. The other is on gender and species in Apuleius.
Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill is Director of the British School at Rome and Professor of Classics at Reading University. An expert on Pompeii, Professor Wallace-Hadrill was awarded the AIA James R. Wiseman Award in 1995 for his book, Houses and Society in Pompeii and Herculaneum (1994). He has written several other books including, Augustan Rome (1993) and Suetonius: the Scholar and his Caesars (1985). Edited volumes by Professor Wallace-Hadrill include (with R. Laurence) Domestic Space in the Roman World: Pompeii and Beyond (1997) and (with J.W. Rich) City and Country in the Ancient World (1991).
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