Faculty bookshelf

Welcome to our bookshelf, showcasing books authored, co-authored and edited by members of our faculty.

Rome: A Sourcebook on the Ancient City

Edited by Fanny Dolansky and Stacie Raucci

London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

At the intersection of topography and socio-cultural history, this volume examines the cultural and social significance of the sites of ancient Rome from the end of the Republic in the age of Cicero and Julius Caesar, to the end of the fourth century. Drawing on literary and historical sources, this is not simply a tour of the baths and taverns, the amphitheatres and temples of ancient Rome, but rather a journey through the city that is fully integrated with Roman society.

Sexual Labor in the Athenian Courts

Allison Glazebrook

University of Texas Press, 2021.

Through a holistic examination of five key speeches, Sexual Labor in the Athenian Courts considers how portrayals of sex laborers intersected with gender, the body, sexuality, the family, urban spaces, and the polis in the context of the Athenian courts. Drawing on gender theory and exploring questions of space, place, and mobility, the author shows how sex laborers represented a diverse set of anxieties concerning social legitimacy and how the public discourse about them is in fact a discourse on Athenian society, values, and institutions.

Houses of Ill Repute: The Archaeology of Brothels, Houses, and Taverns in the Greek World.

Edited by Allison Glazebrook and Barbara Tsakirgis

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016.

Houses of Ill Repute is the first book to focus on the difficulties of distinguishing private and semiprivate spaces. While others have studied houses or brothels, this volume looks at both together. Presenting several approaches to identifying and studying distinctions between domestic residences and houses of ill repute, and drawing on the fields of literature, history, and art history and theory, the volume’s contributors provide a way forward for the study of domestic and entertainment spaces in the Hellenic world.

Themes in Greek Society and Culture: An Introduction to Ancient Greece

Edited by Allison Glazebrook and Christina Vester

Oxford University Press, 2016.

Covering the Bronze Age, as well as the archaic, classical, and early Hellenistic periods, Themes in Greek Society and Culture introduces students to central aspects of ancient Greek society. Each chapter covers a topic of importance to ancient Greek society, and contributes to an understanding of the Greeks’ institutions, structures, activities, and cultural output. The volume brings together 19 expert contributors who apply this thematic approach to ask what Greek society looked like and how its people lived.

Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE–200 CE

Edited by Allison Glazebrook and Madeleine M. Henry.

University of Wisconsin Press, 2011.

Greek Prostitutes in the Ancient Mediterranean, 800 BCE–200 CE challenges the often-romanticized view of the prostitute as an urbane and liberated courtesan by examining the social and economic realities of the sex industry in Greco-Roman culture. Departing from the conventional focus on elite society, these essays consider the Greek prostitute as displaced foreigner, slave, and member of an urban underclass.

Greek Colonization in Local Contexts: Case Studies in Colonial Interactions

Edited by Jason Lucas, Carrie Ann Murray and Sara Owen

Oxbow Books, University of Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology Monographs, Vol 4, 2019.

Greek Colonization in Local Context takes a fresh look at Greek colonies around Europe and Black Sea. The emphasis is on cultural interaction, transformation and the repercussions and local reactions to colonization in social, religious and cultural terms. Contributors consider the effects of colonization on urban life and developments in cities and smaller settlements as well as in the rural landscapes surrounding and supporting them. This collection of new papers by leading scholars reveals fascinating details of the native response to the imposition of Greek rule and the indigenous input into early state development in the Mediterranean and adjacent regions.

Diversity of Sacrifice: Form and Function of Sacrificial Practices in the Ancient World and Beyond.

Edited by Carrie Ann Murray

SUNY Series, The Institute for European and Mediterranean Archaeology Distinguished Monograph Series, 2016.

This volume explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present. Bringing together scholars from such diverse fields as anthropology, archaeology, epigraphy, literature, and theology, Diversity of Sacrifice explores sacrificial practices across a range of contexts from prehistory to the present. Incorporating theory, material culture, and textual evidence, the volume seeks to consider new and divergent data related to contexts of sacrifice that can help broaden our field of vision while raising new questions. The essays contributed here move beyond reductive and simple explanations to explore complex areas of social interaction. Sacrifice plays a key role in the overlapping sacred and secular spheres for a number of societies in the past and present.

Ayia Sotira: A Mycenaean Chamber Tomb Cemetery in the Nemea Valley, Greece

R. Angus K. Smith, Mary K. Dabney, Evangelia Pappi, Sevasti Triantaphyllou, and James C. Wright

INSTAP Academic Press, 2017.

This volume is the final publication of the results of excavation of six Mycenaean chamber tombs in the Late Bronze Age cemetery of Ayia Sotira within the Nemea Valley of the Argolid region of Greece.The work presented includes artifactual and ecofactual remains such as pottery, jewelry, figurines, metal objects, human skeletons, and botanical remains. The book is richly illustrated with maps, plans, drawings, photos, and tables of data. Winner of the Archaeological Institute of America’s Anna Marguerite McCann Award for Fieldwork Reports.

Our Cups are Full: Pottery and Society in the Aegean Bronze Age

Edited by Walter Gauß, Michael Lindblom, R. Angus K. Smith, James C. Wright

Oxford, U.K.: Archaeopress, 2011.

38 papers on Aegean Bronze Age pottery in honour of Jeremy Rutter on the occasion of his 65th birthday. They range from specific site reports, to technical reports, and issues of chronology, to analysis of the social and religious functions of particular vessel types, and studies of trade and cultural contacts.

Mochlos IIC: Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery: The Human Remains and Other Finds

J. Soles, R. Angus K. Smith et al.

INSTAP Academic Press, 2011.

Excavations carried out at the Late Minoan III settlement and cemetery at Mochlos in eastern Crete yielded domestic artifacts, human remains, grave goods, and ecofactual material from 31 tombs and 11 houses. These objects are cataloged, discussed, and illustrated. Radiocarbon dates for the site are also presented. The cemetery remains mirror the settlement remains, and the conclusions discuss how the two sites reflect each other. Rarely in Crete are a settlement and its cemetery both preserved, and it is extremely fortunate to be able to document both in a series of scientific excavation reports (Mochlos IIA–IIC).

Mochlos IIB: Period IV. The Mycenaean Settlement and Cemetery: The Pottery

R. Angus K. Smith

INSTAP Academic Press, 2010.

Excavations carried out at two Late Minoan III sites at Mochlos in eastern Crete yielded a pottery assemblage from 31 tombs and 11 houses, which are cataloged, discussed, and illustrated together with petrographic analyses. The cemetery remains mirror the settlement remains, and the conclusions discuss how the two sites reflect each other.

Housing the New Romans: Architectural Reception and Classical Style in the Modern World

Edited by Katharine T. von Stackelberg and E. Macaulay-Lewis

Oxford University Press, 2017.

Housing the New Romans: Architectural Reception and Classical Style in the Modern World investigates ways in which appropriation and allusion facilitated the reception of Classical Greece and to create neo-Antique sites of “dwelling” in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Focusing on structures and places that are oriented towards private life (houses, hotels, clubs, tombs, and gardens) the volume directs the critical gaze towards diverse and complex sites of curatorial self-fashioning. This critical approach makes Housing the New Romans the first work of its kind in the emerging field of architectural and landscape reception studies.

The Roman Garden: Space, Sense and Society

Katharine T. von Stackelberg

Routledge, 2009.

The first comprehensive study of ancient Roman gardens to combine literary and archaeological evidence with contemporary space theory. The Roman Garden: Space, Sense, and Society examines how the garden functioned as a conceptual, sensual and physical space in Roman society, and its use as a vehicle of cultural communication. Readers will learn not only about the content and development of the Roman garden, but also how they promoted memories and experiences. This is a valuable and original addition to the growing scholarship in ancient gardens and will complement courses on Roman history, landscape archaeology and environmental history.