Andrew Johnston

Assistant Professor of Classics

Andrew Johnston is an ancient historian whose primary research interests lie in the field of Roman cultural history. He studied at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (B.A. Classics and History 2006) and at Harvard University (Ph.D. Ancient History 2012).

His work focuses mainly on questions of memory, identity, cultural interaction, and the representation of selves and others, both at Rome and on the peripheries of the ancient world.

His dissertation and first book project, The Sons of Remus, examines local community and individual identities in the Roman provinces of Spain and Gaul, and the central role of social memory in the construction and performance of those identities. Through a combination of archaeological, literary, and especially epigraphic evidence, the study works toward an alternative model for understanding Roman imperialism in the West.


Other current projects include studies of public feasting in the western Roman provinces and of the place of India in the Roman imperial imagination, and papers on aspects of Caesar’s commentarii and the Alexander Romance.

Additionally, he has strong research and teaching interests in archaeology and material culture, and since 2009 he has worked in central Italy as a member of the excavation staff of the Gabii Project, where he currently serves as Director of the Field School.

featured Courses This Year

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CLCV 206/HIST 217 (Hu)

The Roman Republic

Fall 2012, MW 11:35-12:50 Areas: HU

This course fulfills the area requirement in the humanities and arts (HU)

This course will trace the origins, development, and expansion of Rome from the earliest times to the deaths of Caesar and Cicero in the late 40s BCE. Engagement with a wide variety of literary and archaeological evidence will inform exploration of questions of cultural

identity and interaction; slavery, class, and the family; politics, rhetoric, and propaganda; religion; imperialism; monumentality and memory; and the perception and writing of history.

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Field Ancient History

Areas of Research Roman cultural history; Epigraphy; Greek and Latin historiography and ethnography

Current Courses The Roman Republic, Cicero: Political Speeches, The Roman Empire, and Latin Epigraphy

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Phone (203) 432-0991

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