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Biography

Biography

My doctorate was awarded from Macquarie University in 2003.

Following graduation, I successfully applied for a Macquarie University Research Fellowship (2005-2008). Between 2009 and 2015, I held the positions of Associate Lecturer (2009), Lecturer (2010-2011), Senior Lecturer in Roman History and Director of Learning and Teaching (2012-2015) in the Department of Ancient History. In November 2015 I was seconded to the position of Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Arts. As Associate Dean Learning and Teaching, Arts (until 2020), I aim to surface initiatives which engage students as partners and change agents, as well to develop blended and online learning and teaching strategies for a global student cohort. In 2016 I was promoted to Associate Professor in Ancient History. 

 

Research interests

My research includes

  1. the political, military, social and cultural histories of Rome during the republican and early imperial periods.
  2. sexuality, gender and body history in antiquity.
  3. the epigraphy of ephemeral graffiti and death in Roman Italy.
  4. the spatial dynamics of social relations in urban and periurban contexts in ancient Campania.

During the last 6 years, I have maintained a research-productive profile (incl. 2 sole-authored books, 2 co-edited collections, and 7 book chapters), addressing both of my areas of research focus (epigraphic culture and women's/gender studies in antiquity). A number of my research opportunities during this period have been based on invitations and allowed me to grow my research network.

Teaching

During the period 2012-2018, I have maintained a full teaching load (1 UG unit, 1 PG unit, and 2 OUA units in Sessions 1 and 2) and significant administrative and strategic responsibilities (as Director of L&T for a large department in the Faculty and then in the role of ADLT, Arts). Taught units include:

  1. AHIS212 Rome and the Caesars
  2. AHIS331 Prehistory to Pompeii: Archaeology in Ancient Italy (also offered as the OUA unit AHIX331)
  3. AHPG815 Under the Shadow of Vesuvius: Archaeology in Ancient Campania
  4. AHPG838 Writing Imperial Lives: Tacitus and Suetonius
  5. AHIX339 Ancient History Capstone: Greece, Rome, Late Antiquity (also offered as the OUA unit AHIX399)

Research student supervision

Current Supervision

Doctor of Philosophy

  1. Rodney Cross, "Animal Sounds in Latin Literature: 100 BC-AD 200" (Primary Supervisor, 2017; completion 1-02-20)
  2. Graham Fitzpatrick, “Ethical Principles in the Roman Republic” (Primary Supervisor, 2015; completion 18-03-19)
  3. Christopher Haddad, “The name of the father (and of the son): filiation expressions and the language of official Roman letters inscribed in Greek” (Associate Supervisor, 2015)
  4. Nicole Miles, “Slaves to God’s Collegia: The Development of Roman Sacral Manumission” (Associate Supervisor, 2015)

Past Supervision (Completions)

Honours

  1. Michael Bolton, “Subsisting at the Enemy’s Expense. A Study of Roman Army Resupply in Enemy Territory” (2012)
  2. Catherine Chong, “How Rome Fell Apart. The Impact of Malaria, Leprosy and Smallpox in Italy during the Roman Empire” (2012)
  3. Nikki Cummins, “Homorerotica. An examination of female homoerotic relations within Greece between the archaic and Hellenistic period”
  4. Paige Davis, “Attitudes to the New Consuls of the Middle Republic” (2015)
  5. Andrew Hammond, “Vulcan: a refined perspective” (2013)
  6. Celia Johnstone, “Food and Feasting in Petronius’ Work and his World: How feasting in Rome in the 1st century AD both transgressed and reinforced social differences” (2009)
  7. Lola March, “The Economic, Social and Political Impact of Hadrian’s Building Programme on the City of Rome” (2010)
  8. Suzanne Milthorpe, “V for Veneficium: Gender, Veneficium and Tyranny in Tacitus’ Annales” (2010)
  9. Karen Mee Petersen, “Hieronymus and Syracuse during the Second Punic War: A Livian portrayal of Roman and Carthaginian foreign policy in Sicily in 215-212 BC” (2009)
  10. Hannah Reid, “The therapeutic properties of wine in antiquity” (2014)
  11. Bianca Sanderson, “The Changing Influence of Roman Women” (2009)
  12. Lance Shortus, “Seduction or Compulsion. An Analysis of the Allies of Both Rome and Hannibal in Italy during the Second Punic War” (2012)
  13. Matilda Stevens, “Cultural Competition: a Darwinian view of cultural evolution as it applies to the early development and interaction between Rome and Etruria” (2014)

 Master of Arts (Postgraduate Research Project)

  1. Robert Brown, “Roman fresco fragments from the Museum of Ancient Cultures (Macquarie)” (Primary Supervisor, 2013)
  2. Tara Calaby, “Vice and Virtue: Representing the Women of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty” (Primary Supervisor, 2009)
  3. Morel Da Ros, “A Critical Analysis of Mary Hays’ ‘Agrippina’” (Associate Supervisor, 2013)
  4. James Graham, “Roman Culture in Archaeology from the Iron Age to Mid-1st Century BCE” (Primary Supervisor, 2012)
  5. Adam Jetson, “The Sertorian Tradition” (Primary Supervisor, 2014)
  6. Melissa Mance, “Roman Tintinnabula: The Collection of the British Museum”
  7. Lola March, “Hadrian’s History: Reputation and Rehabilitation” (Primary Supervisor, 2012)
  8. Belinda Pesa, “Magic and the World of Apuleius” (Primary Supervisor, 2010)

 Master of Philosophy

  1. John Gregory Deane, “The bigatus denarius and the commercialisation of the Roman economy, to the time of Social War” (Primary Supervisor, 2007)

 Master of Research

  1. Timothy Blizzard, “The development of doctrine; tactical reform of the Roman Army during the Second Punic War and its application in the Second and Third Macedonian Wars” (Primary Supervisor, 2014)
  2. Rodney Cross, “This blows: social and cultural perceptions of ancient Roman brass instruments and musicians” (Primary Supervisor, 2014)
  3. Peter Dean, “Gender roles in the administration of pharmaceuticals and poisons in the Roman Empire” (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  4. Holly Edwards, “Art, Identity, and the Home in the Roman World” (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  5. Melinda Ryan, “Through the Eyes of Pliny the Elder: Representations of Roman Women as Healers and Patients” (Primary Supervisor, 2016)

Doctor of Philosophy

  1. Charles Barnett, "Globalization and Cultural Integration in the Ancient Mediterranean: A Case Study on Late Iron Age and Roman Dalmatia" (Associate Supervisor, 2019)
  2. Ian Betts, “Quaestiones Perpetuae: the transition from ad hoc tribunals to standing courts in the second century BC” (Primary Supervisor, 2018)
  3. Bradley Bitner, “Paul’s Political Strategy in 1 Corinthians 1-4: constitution and covenant” (Associate Supervisor, 2013)
  4. Timothy Blizzard, “From the Samnites to Caesar: Reform of the Roman Army 295 BCE – 48 BCE” (Primary Supervisor, 2018)
  5. Emlyn Dodd, “Wine Production and Trade in Rough Cilicia: an archaeological study of Antiocheia ad Cragum and associated sites of Mediterranean viniculture” (Primary Supervisor, 2018)
  6. James Gersbach, “The Battle Cry in Antiquity” (Primary Supervisor, 2018)
  7. Miriam Gillett, “Inventing Identities: Graeco-Roman constructions of the Etruscans” (Associate Supervisor, 2014)
  8. Daryn Graham, “Roman Responses to Natural Disasters from Augustus to Domitian” (Primary Supervisor, 2018)
  9. Timothy Jones, “The Succession Question in the Principates of Augustus and Tiberius” (Primary Supervisor, 2018)
  10. Julien Ogereau, “Paul’s koinonia with the Ephesians: a socio-historical investigation of a Pauline economic partnership” (Associate Supervisor, 2013)
  11. Bianca Sanderson, “The Old Female Power: How Women Shaped the History of Rome” (Primary Supervisor, 2018)
  12. Ellen Westacott, “Memoriae Sacrum: commemorative practice on the sacred island” (Associate Supervisor, 2012)

Research engagement

External Appointments

  1. 2017: External Consultant, UoW Ancient History and Archaeology major
  2. 2016-2018: DASSH ADLT Network Coordinator (NSW/ACT)
  3. 2013-2019: Chair, HSC Ancient History Examination Committee
  4. 2012-2014: Canadian Research Funding Assessor
  5. 2010-2014: HSC Latin Examination Committee
  6. 2005-2006: Inaugural Macquarie University Gale Scholar, British School at Rome

 Grants (last 10 years)

  1. 2017-2018: Macquarie University Strategic Priority Grant, $50,000 ("Online DDI: Postgraduate Unit Renovation - Universal Design")
  2. 2016-2017: Macquarie University Strategic Initiative Fund (x2), $250,000 (“Open Universities Australia Renovation”; “Curriculum Enhancement/Blended Delivery”) 
  3. 2016: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Speaking in Tongues, listening for meaning: modes of epigraphic discourse along the streets of Graeco-Roman antiquity"), La Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  4. 2015: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Intersectionality at the Margins of Roman Society") University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  5. 2015-2016: Macquarie University Strategic Priority Grant, $30,000 (“The Macquarie University Research Internship Program”)
  6. 2015: Faculty of Arts Teaching Delivery Grant, $5,000 (“Mediating Student Learning: Archaeology and Social Media in the 21st Century. A case study on AHIS170: Egyptian Archaeology - an Introduction”)
  7. 2014: DVR Discretionary Research Funding, $150,000 (“Australian Carsulae Archaeological Project”)
  8. 2014: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Gender identity, sexual preference and status designation in the non-official inscriptions of Roman Pompeii") Hardt Fondation, Geneva, Switzerland
  9. 2012: Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG), $300,000 (“The Macquarie University Archaeological Fieldwork Laboratory”)
  10. 2012: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Graffiti as monuments and verba: marking territories, creating discourse in Roman Pompeii") Berlin University, Berlin, Germany
  11. 2011: Macquarie University Unit Core and Mode Plugins Grant (“AHIS339 - Ancient History Capstone: Greece, Rome, Late Antiquity”)
  12. 2011: Faculty of Arts PACE Unit Development Grant, $2,000 ("Ancient History PACE")
  13. 2011: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Roman Gaia and the discourse of patronage: retrograde C in CIL VI") American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy Congress, San Antonio, USA
  14. 2011: Faculty of Arts L & T Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("'Transformative e-Learning and Teaching in Mandatory Tertiary Education'") University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia)
  15. 2009-2010: Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Priority Grant (“The Ancient History Virtual Campus”)
  16. 2009-2011: Macquarie University New Staff Grant, $20,000 (“Graffiti in the Basilica at Pompeii: Representations of Roman Identity and Cultural Practice in Informal Latin Inscriptions”)
  17. 2009: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Reconstructing the epigraphic culture of funerary space in the Roman city") University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
  18. 2008:Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Texting Rome: graffiti as speech-act and cultural discourse") University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
  19. 2007: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("The Paedagogium on the Palatine") McMaster University, Toronto, Canada
  20. 2006: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Grant, $5,000 ("Graffiti at Pompeii: the art of memory in an oral-literate society") University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
  21. 2005-2006: Macquarie University/British School at Rome Gale Fellowship, $50,000 ("Graffiti under the Caesars: recovering non-elite Roman culture in Latin texts and images of late republican and early imperial Italy") British School at Rome, Rome, Italy
  22. 2005-2008: Macquarie University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (“Graffiti under the Caesars” Recovering Non-Elite Roman Culture in Latin Texts and Images of Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome”)

 Awards and Citations

  1. 2014: Graffiti in Antiquity (Routledge 2014) - #1 Routledge Classical Studies Reference Work; Choice Outstanding Academic Title
  2. 2014: Sustainability Representative Network Award of Excellence (Academic)
  3. 2012: National Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  4. 2010: Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Award
  5. 2010: Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

 Editorial Responsibilities

  1. Co-editor (with Rebecca Benefiel), Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World with Rebecca Benefiel (Brill, 2015)
  2. Co-editor (with Ray Laurence and Gareth Sears), Written Space in the Roman West (Bloomsbury, 2013)
  3. Latin Editor, Female Biography Project (http://femalebiographyproject.pbworks.com/) (Pickering and Chatto, 2012-2016)
  4. Associate Reviews Editor, Ancient History: Resources for Teachers (2011-2018)

Book Reviews

  1. Richard Alston, Aspects of Roman History, 31 BC-AD 117. Second edition (revised edition of 'Aspects of Roman History, AD 14-117', published 1998) (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.59)
  2. Roger S. Bagnall, Roberta Casagrande-Kim, Akin Ersoy, Cumhur Tanriver, Burak Yolaçan (ed.), Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna.(Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.09.26)
  3. Mary Beard and Keith Hopkins, The Colosseum (Classical Bulletin 82.1 [2006]: 151-153)
  4. Jeffrey A. Becker, Nicola Terrenato, Roman Republican Villas. Architecture, Context, and Ideology (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.02.30)
  5. Guy De la Bédoyère, Cities of Roman Italy: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.03.68)
  6. Jacqueline M. Carlon, Pliny's Women (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.02.59)
  7. Mario Erasmo, Reading Death in Ancient Rome (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.09.23)
  8. Andrew Feldherr, The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (Classical Review 61.1 [2010]: 115-118)
  9. Brian K. Harvey, Roman Lives: Ancient Roman Life as Illustrated by Latin Inscriptions (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.07.07)
  10. Kinuko Hasegawa. The Familia Urbana during the Early Empire. A Study of Columbaria Inscriptions (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.05.37)
  11. Richard J. King. Desiring Rome. Male Subjectivity and Reading Ovid's Fasti (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.02.38)
  12. Barbara Levick, Augustus. Image and Substance (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.05.30)
  13. James H. S. McGregor, Rome from the Ground Up (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.05.28)
  14. Jenifer Neils, Women in the Ancient World (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.07.22)
  15. Victoria Emma Pagán, A Companion to Tacitus. Blackwell companions to the ancient world (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.02.31)
  16. Valerie M. Warrior, Livy. The History of Rome, Books 1-5 (Classical Bulletin 83.2 [2007]: 314-316)
  17. Timothy P. Wiseman, The Myths of Rome (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.09.02)

Encyclopaedia Entries

  1. 'Claudia Rufina', 'Eponina', 'Eusebia', 'Fannia', 'Helena Flavia', 'Helpes', 'Hersilia', 'Hortensia', 'Octavia wife to Antony', 'Paulina', 'Perilla', 'Porcia', 'Proba', 'Sophronia', 'Sulpicia', 'Valeria', 'Veturia' in Mary Hays, Female Biography; or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women, of All Ages and Countries (1803). Chawton House Library Series: Women's Memoirs, ed. Gina Luria Walker, Memoirs of Women Writers Part II (Pickering & Chatto: London, 2014) Vol. XI. 'Agrippina', 'Antonia', Argentaria, Polla', 'Berenice' in Mary Hays, Female Biography; or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women, of All Ages and Countries (1803). Chawton House Library Series: Women's Memoirs, ed. Gina Luria Walker, Memoirs of Women Writers Part II (Pickering & Chatto: London, 2013) Vol. X.
  2. 'Women, Roman' in Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

 Papers at research conferences and education seminars (selection only)

  1. 'The Fasti and the Furious: critiquing critical receptions of Ovid in the 21stcentury', 39th Australasian Society of Classical Studies Conference, University of Queensland (Brisbane, February 2018)
  2. 'How the Other Half Lived: Voices from Pompeii', Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Story (Exhibition Symposium, Australian National Maritime Museum, March 2017)
  3. ‘Speaking in Tongues, Listening for Meaning: modes of epigraphic discourse along the streets of Graeco-Roman antiquity’, Roman Archaeology Conference XII (La Sapienza Rome, March 2016)
  4. ‘Intersectionality at the Margins of Roman Society’, Gender, Identity, and Intersectionality in Antiquity: models of oppression and privilege (University of Auckland, August 2015)
  5. 'saepe ego cu[m] media uigilare[m] perdita nocte: gender identity, sexual preference and status designation in the non-official inscriptions of Roman Pompeii', Table ronde: Graffiti et inscriptions pariétales en context (Fondation Hardt, Geneva, May 2014)
  6. ‘Graffiti and Dipinti as monumenta and verba: marking territories, creating discourse in Roman Pompeii’, 14th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Berlin 2012)
  7. 'Tacitus' Annals: Early Imperial Rome through the Looking-Glass of Post-Domitianic Historiography', Macquarie Ancient History Teachers Conference, Macquarie University (March 2012)
  8. 'The Ancient History virtual campus: a model for online student induction and support in higher education', 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education (University of South Australia, 2011)
  9. 'The Problems of Archaeology on an Ancient Site', HTANSW/Macquarie History Extension for Teachers and Students (December 2011)
  10. 'Transformative e-Learning and Teaching in Mandatory Tertiary Education', Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Week (September 2011)
  11. 'The Julio-Claudians and the Roman Empire AD14-68', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Macquarie University (September 2011)
  12. 'Fall of the House of the Gladiators (and other losses at Pompeii)', Macquarie Ancient History Teachers Conference, Macquarie University (April 2011)
  13. 'Roman Gaia and the Discourse of Patronage: Retrograde C in CIL VI', 1st North American Congress of the Association of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, San Antonio TX (January 2011)
  14. 'Catapults to Waterpipes: Archaeology in Ancient Pompeii', History Teachers' Association HSC Study Day, University of Sydney (June 2010)
  15. 'Meeting the Challenge of the Australian National Curriculum', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Macquarie University (May 2010)
  16. 'Reconstructing the epigraphic culture of funerary space in the Roman city', 8th Roman Archaeology Conference, University of Michigan (April 2009)
  17. 'Politics and Culture in the Vesuvian Cities', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day (September 2009-2010)
  18. 'Iudiciis Augusti Augustae felic(iter): Neronian factions and Augustan fictions in Pompeii', From Nero to Hadrian Symposium, University of Otago (Dunedin) (June 2009)
  19. 'Texting Rome: graffiti as speech-act and cultural discourse', Ancient Graffiti in Context Research Workshop, Leicester University (November 2008)
  20. 'Ancient History from Inscriptions', Pre-Honours Seminar, University of New South Wales (October 2008-2010)
  21. '"Behind every great man ...": the life and times of Agrippina II', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Macquarie University (September 2008)
  22. 'Sources for Understanding Roman Pompeii', History Teachers' Association HSC Study Day, University of Sydney (June 2008-2009)
  23. 'Social Literacy in Venus' city: Viewing Pompeian Inscriptions in Context', Macquarie University History Teachers' Conference (April 2008)
  24. 'Reading the "Pages" of the Domus Caesaris: pueri delicati, slave education, and the graffiti of the Palatine paedagogium', 6th E. Togo Salmon Conference on Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture, McMaster University (October 2007)
  25. 'Graffiti under the Caesars: reading inscribed cursive (con)texts on the Palatine and elsewhere', Research Seminars at the Universities of Christchurch and Otago (Dunedin) (September 2007)
  26. 'Just scratching the surface: an introduction to Latin graffiti (and other vulgar discourse) at Pompeii and Herculaneum', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Price Theatre (September 2006-2008)
  27. 'Graffiti as speech-act and cultural discourse', Orality and Literacy VII: orality - literacy - memory (conference), University of Auckland (July 2006)
  28. Texting Rome: graffiti at Pompeii', Transform: History Week (seminar), Museum of Ancient Cultures (September 2005)

External positions

External Consultant, Ancient History and Archaeology major, University of Wollongong

2017

DASSH ADLT Network Coordinator (NSW/ACT)

20162020

ERA Peer Reviewer, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), Humanities and Creative Arts (HCA), Research Evaluation Committee, Australian Research Council

20162020

Chair, HSC Ancient History Examination Committee

20132020

Canadian Research Funding Assessor

20122014

HSC Latin Examination Committee

20102014

Inaugural Macquarie University Gale Scholar, British School at Rome

20052006

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Projects 2005 2019

Research Outputs 2001 2020

Livy's women: crisis, resolution and the female in Rome's foundation history

Keegan, P., 14 May 2020, (In preparation) Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group. 220 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Rome
History
Livy
Canvas
Insertion

Agrippina to Veturia: ancient and modern companions to Female Biography

Keegan, P., 2018, The Invention of Female Biography. Walker, G. L. (ed.). London ; New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 145-173 29 p. (Chawton Studies in Scholarly Editing; no. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Intersectionality at the margins of Roman society

Keegan, P., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Intersectionality in antiquity. Lewis, M. & Hellum, J. (eds.). Bloomsbury

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Graffiti from the Basilica in the Agora of Smyrna

Keegan, P., 26 Sep 2017, In : Bryn Mawr classical review. 2017, 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition reviewResearch

Open Access
Smyrna
Graffiti
Basilica
Agora

Graffiti as monumenta and verba: marking territories, creating discourses in Roman Pompeii

Keegan, P., 2016, Inscriptions in the private sphere in the Greco-Roman world. Benefiel, R. & Keegan, P. (eds.). Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill, p. 248-264 17 p. (Brill studies in Greek and Roman epigraphy).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2011 2011

  • 1 Editorial work

Ancient History: resources for teachers (Journal)

Peter Keegan (Editor)
20112018

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work