Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

This year we welcome several new faculty members and one new Senior Research Associate.


Barbara Burrell, Associate Professor

After four years as Associate Professor at Brock University, Barbara Burrell has rejoined the UC Classics faculty as Associate Professor. Burrell is a Roman archaeologist who has dug at sites across the Mediterranean, including Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Israel. It may have been this diversity that has led to her being chosen as editor of the forthcoming Blackwell's Companion to the Archaeology of the Roman Empire. She is also in the midst of writing and co-editing the two-volume final report of her excavation of the Promontory Palace at Caesarea Maritima in Israel, and publishing the coins found at Mount Lykaion in Arcadia, Greece. Beyond fieldwork, her interests include reception and interpretation of the ancient city in the Roman empire, and Roman provincial coins, architecture, and art.


Lauren Ginsberg, Assistant Professor

Lauren is interested in Roman narratives of civil war and the literary strategies authors use in order to commemorate and make aesthetically pleasing events which Rome thought best forgotten. This tension between conflicting memories and conflicting desires to remember/forget brings her work into contact with cultural memory studies, especially studies of how literature acts as a vehicle for and agent of perpetuating difficult or "traumatic" memories. She is currently working on a monograph on the pseudo-Senecan Octavia - a play that she argues reimagines Julio-Claudian Rome as a civil-war landscape - but is also exploring through various articles in progress Roman praetextae, Tacitus' Histories, Senecan drama, Statius, and Caesar's Civil War.


Duncan MacRae, Assistant Professor

Duncan is a Roman intellectual and cultural historian. Most of his work has focused on the history of Roman religion, particularly in the Republican period. His Harvard PhD dissertation looks at the phenomenon of books in Roman religion, and seeks to re-evaluate modern stereotypes about Roman religion as coldly ritualistic and unintellectual. In fact, he argues, Roman writers on their own religion were involved in the definition of a "Roman religion" in the interests of the Roman aristocratic elite. 

His research goes far beyond the walls of Rome: he is also very interested in the history of Judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman periods and in the history of the ancient Near East."  
Duncan will join the faculty full time in the fall of 2013. 


Rose MacLean, Visiting Assistant Professor

Rose comes to Cincinnati from Princeton, where she recently finished her dissertation on the exchange of values between freed slaves and the ruling orders during the Early Empire. Her research focuses on imperial social and cultural history, with particular emphasis on the practices and ideologies of slavery and on the Roman "epigraphic habit." In addition to revising her thesis for publication, Rose is working on several articles, including a study of how Roman soldiers stationed in the provinces used their status as slave-owners and patrons to identify themselves as Roman. At UC this fall, she is teaching intermediate Greek and a section of the Greek history survey. Her spring courses will be tandem graduate and undergraduate seminars on the Greek and Roman slave systems.


Sharon Stocker, Senior Research Associate

Sharon is an archaeologist who has participated in excavations in Greece and Albania. She directs the publications program for UC excavations at the Palace of Nestor in Greece. She has served as co-director of archaeological surveys in the hinterlands of the Greek colonies of Epidamnus and Apollonia in Albania and of excavations at a recently discovered Greek sanctuary near Apollonia. Since 2011, she has represented the University of Cincinnati at the Palace of Nestor in excavations conducted in collaboration with the Greek Ministry of Culture.