Projects per year
My main research interests are in the areas of Roman Republican History, gender in the Graeco-Roman world and landscape archaeology, particularly that of ancient harbours. I continue to work on the Macquarie Roman Biographical Dictionary Project and a project focussed on the location and mapping of the harbour of ancient Torone in northern Greece.
I have long convened and taught the flagship first-year unit on Roman History at Macquarie. My main teaching areas are in Roman Republican History and Gender in the Graeco-Roman world.
I believe strongly in the importance of outreach to the Higher School Ancient History teaching community in NSW. I have served on the NSW Ancient History HSC Examination committee, have co-convened a number of Macquarie's annual Ancient History Teachers' Conferences and continue to serve as the editor of the peer-reviewed journal Ancient History: Resources for Teachers.
I represent and serve the Ancient History community more generally in Australia and New Zealand as the President of the Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies (AWAWS) and as the Vice-President of the premier body representing the discipline in Australasia: the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS).
I was born in Glen Innes in northern NSW and received my tertiary education (doctorate) at the University of New England in Armidale. I served as a Lecturer in Roman History at the University of New England for two years in the early 1990s. From 1994 I have worked in various research and teaching capacities at Macquarie University. I am currently a Senior Lecturer in Roman History. I am also the President of the AWAWS (Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies) and the Vice-President of the ASCS (the Australasian Society for Classical Studies).
Research Affiliate, University of Sydney1 Apr 2019 → 31 Mar 2022
Research Affiliate, University of Sydney1 Apr 2016 → 31 Mar 2019
Research Affiliate, University of Sydney1 Jul 2012 → 1 Jul 2015
Visiting Research Fellow, Norwich University2005
Studies in the Roman political process: Investigating the disappearance of the Harbour of Ancient Torone
1/08/16 → 27/01/17
Investigation of the Disappearance of the Harbour of Ancient Torone Modern Women on the Ancient World
30/07/12 → 30/01/13
Research Output per year
The Harbour(s) of Ancient Torone: searching for the location and reflecting on Honor Frost's hypothesis concerning shipbuilding in the areaBeness, L. & Hillard, T., 16 Oct 2018, (Accepted/In press) Under the Mediterranean: studies in maritime archaeology. Leiden: Sidestone Press
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
In and beyond the space of the Roman Forum: Julia Davis, Ann-Marie James, Pollyxenia Joannou and Lisa Jones : 12 July – 30 August 2017 : a Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition in collaboration with the Department of Ancient HistoryBeness, L., Davis, R., Edwell, P., Hammond, G., Hargraves, K., Hillard, T., Plant, I., Janiszewski, L., Simpson, A. & Van Dyke, K., Jul 2017
Research output: Non-traditional research output › Curatorship
In and beyond the the space of the Roman Forum: Julia Davis, Ann-Marie James, Pollyxenia Joannou and Lisa Jones : 12 July – 30 August 2017 : a Macquarie University Art Gallery exhibition in collaboration with the Department of Ancient HistoryBeness, L. (ed.), Davis, R. (ed.), Edwell, P. (ed.), Hammond, G. (ed.), Hargraves, K. (ed.), Hillard, T. (ed.), Plant, I. (ed.), Janiszewski, L. (ed.), Simpson, A. (ed.) & Van Dyke, K. (ed.), Jul 2017, Sydney: Macquarie University. 69 p.
Research output: Book/Report › Exhibition Catalogue
Lea Beness (Recipient), 2010