Tolly Boatwright

Professor of Ancient Studies, Department of Classical Studies
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Irreversibly influenced by studying in Rome during my twenties, I center much of my research on ancient Roman topography and on how Rome’s built and created environment intersected with social, political and cultural history.  Recurrent interests are the roles and visibility of Roman women, both at the top of Rome’s hierarchies (as in my current project on Rome’s imperial women), and much lower down (as with “Children and Parents on the Tombstones of Pannonia,” in The Roman Family IV; and 2011’s “Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum”).  I have used the multifaceted and fascinating emperor Hadrian as a way to address larger issues in Roman history, publishing Hadrian and the City of Rome (1987) and Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire (2000).  Maps and visual material culture are key to other research, from Peoples of the Roman World (2013) to my recent “Visualizing Empire in Imperial Rome,” on Agrippa’s Map and its environs in Rome.


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