Department of Classics
Associate Professor, Roman Social History, Latin Literature, and Roman Religion
BA Honours (Trent), MA (Victoria), PhD (Chicago)
Department of Classics
St Catharines ON L2S 3A1 CANADA
Phone: 905 688 5550 ext 5372
Fax: 905 984 4859
- LATI 1F00 (1): Introduction to Latin Language (fall and winter)
- CLAS/WISE 3P62: Families and Households in the Roman World (fall)
- LATI 4P05: Latin Biography (winter)
2011 recipient of the Brock University Award for Excellence in Teaching for Early Career Faculty
My research mainly concerns the customs and practices of the Roman family, especially religious rites, in Italy and the provinces primarily during Rome’s central period (c. 200 BCE to 200 CE). I have published on several family festivals, as well as the toga virilis ceremony which marked freeborn boys’ coming of age. I am also interested in the history of children and childhood in Greco-Roman antiquity and have work forthcoming on children’s toys. My interests in Roman social and cultural history are broad and touch upon areas such as gender and sexuality, religious minorities, death and commemoration. Among literary authors, I have worked on Ovid’s Fasti and Josephus’ Jewish Antiquities specifically, and have recently completed a study of the rape narratives in Book 2 of the Fasti.
- Forthcoming 2013. "Roman Education," in M. Gibbs, M. Nikolic, and P. Ripat (eds.), Themes in Roman Society and Culture: An Introduction to Ancient Rome. Toronto: Oxford University Press.
- 2012. "Playing with Gender: Girls, Dolls, and Adult Ideals in the Roman World," Classical Antiquity 31.2: 256-292.
- 2011. "Honouring the family dead on the Parentalia: ceremony, spectacle, and memory," Phoenix 65.1-2: 125-157.
- 2011. "Reconsidering the Matronalia and women’s rites,” Classical World 104.2: 191-209.
- 2011. "Celebrating the Saturnalia: Religious Ritual and Roman Domestic Life," in B. Rawson (ed.), A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Malden, MA: Blackwell). 488-503.
- 2008. "Togam virilem sumere: Coming of Age in the Roman World," in J. Edmondson and A. Keith (eds.), Roman Dress and the Fabrics of Roman Culture (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, Phoenix Studies in Greek and Roman Social History), 47-70.
Select Recent Papers:
"Verres, Freud, and the Collector's Libido," Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting, London (May 2012).
"Healing Bodies: Slave Women and the Health of the Household," American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia (January 2012).
“Forming characters: the ethical imperatives of Roman education,” Humanities Research Institute Symposium, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON (December 2011).
"Before Barbie: Girls and Dolls in the Roman World," Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (January 2011).
“Rape and Augustan Family Legislation in Ovid, Fasti 2,” Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting (President’s Panel on Roman Literature and Life in Honour of Elaine Fantham), Québec, (May 2010).
"Scriptural Infidelity: A Jewish Apologist Rewrites the Bible," Fifth Biennial Image and Imagery International Conference: Re-making, Re-writing, Re-discovery, Brock University (October 2008).
"Femineae Kalendae? Reconsidering the Matronalia and ‘Women’s Rites'," Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago (January 2008).
2011 recipient of a SSHRC Aid to Research Workshops and Conferences Grant for Feminism and Classics VI: Crossing Borders, Crossing Lines (May 24-27, 2012)
Program Co-ordinator, Niagara Peninsula Society of the Archaeological Institute of America
President, Women's Network/Réseau des Femmes (Classical Association of Canada)
Advisor, Ontario Classical Association
Member of the Editorial Board, Phoenix
Member of the Board of Correspondents, Mouseion
Women's Classical Caucus
Association of Ancient Historians
Classical Association of Canada
Ontario Classical Association