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Dr Myles Lavan

Lecturer in Ancient History
On research leave

mpl2@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462610

Room: C22

Research profile

Research Interests

  • Political, social and cultural history of the Roman empire 
  • The culture of Roman imperialism
  • Roman citizenship 
  • Slavery in the Roman world
  • Quantitative methods in ancient history
  • Comparative history of ancient empires
  • Roman historiography, especially Tacitus

Current research projects

My main focus is a substantial project to quantify the spread of Roman citizenship in the provinces from Augustus to Caracalla and rethink the history of citizenship in that period, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2014-15). 

I am also working on a commentary on Tacitus Annals 14 with Christopher Whitton and a comparative study of elite integration in ancient empires with Richard Payne and John Weisweiler. Longer-term plans include studies of provincial revolts and revolt narratives and the language of imperial letters and edicts.

Research Students

I would be very happy to supervise research projects in the areas listed above and on other aspects of Roman history and Latin literature. I have supervised PhD dissertations on:

  • The Triumviral aristocracy
  • Images of foreign peoples and place in Roman art
  • Writing the lives of Roman emperors

Publications

Slaves to Rome: Paradigms of Empire in Roman Culture
Lavan, M. P. 2013 Cambridge University Press . (Cambridge Classical Studies).
ISBN: 978-1-107-02601-8.
Research output : Book/Report Book

 

The empire in the age of Nero
Lavan, M. P. 2013 A Companion to the Neronian Age. Buckley, E. & Dinter, M. (eds.). Wiley-Blackwell , p. 65-82 (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World).
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

 

Florus and Dio on the enslavement of the provinces
Lavan, M. P. 2013 In : Cambridge Classical Journal . 59 , p. 125-151
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1750270513000067
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Slavishness in Britain and Rome in Tacitus’ Agricola
Lavan, M. P. May 2011 In : The Classical Quarterly . 61 , 1 , p. 294-305
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009838810000479
Open access version: 2011_CQ_AGRICOLA.pdf
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Slaves to Rome: The rhetoric of mastery in Titus’ Speech to the Jews (Bellum Judaicum 6.238-50)
Lavan, M. P. 2008 In : Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature . 36 , 1 , p. 25-38 14 p.
Open access version: 2008_Ramus_SPEECH_OF_TITUS.pdf
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

 

Roman death
Lavan, M. P. Mar 2014 In : Classical Review . 64 , 1 , p. 231 232 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X13003144
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Keith Bradley and Paul Cartledge. The Cambridge world history of slavery. Volume 1. The ancient Mediterranean world , Cambridge, 2011.
Lavan, M. P. 2014 In : Journal of Roman Studies . 104 , p. 289-90
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0075435814000483
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Kyle Harper.  Slavery in the Late Roman world, AD 275-425 . Cambridge 2011
Lavan, M. P. 2013 In : Classical Review . 63 , p. 552-5
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1017/S0009840X13001169
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Carlos Noreña. Imperial Ideals in the Roman West: Representation, Circulation, Power. Cambridge 2011.
Lavan, M. P. 2013 In : Classical Review . 63 , p. 214-16
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Eric Adler. Valorizing the Barbarians: Enemy Speeches in Roman Historiography . Austin 2011
Lavan, M. P. 13 Jan 2012 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement .
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Josaiah Osgood, Claudius Caesar: Image and power in the early Roman empire . Cambridge. 2010.
Lavan, M. P. 2012 In : Journal of Roman Studies . 102 , p. 319-20
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0075435812000184
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Robin Nadeau, Les manières de table dans le monde gréco-romain . Rennes/Tours 2010
Lavan, M. P. 2012 In : Classical Review . 62
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Dylan Sailor. Writing and empire in Tacitus . Cambridge 2008
Lavan, M. P. 2011 In : Journal of Roman Studies . 101 , p. 296-7
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Philp Parker. The empire stops here . London 2009
Lavan, M. P. 12 Jan 2010 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement .
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Eric Gunderson. Nox Philologiae: Aulus Gellius and the Fantasy of the Roman Library . Madison Wis., 2009.
Lavan, M. P. 2010 In : Phoenix. Journal of the Classical Association of Canada . 64 , p. 451-3
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Aron Sjöblad. Metaphors Cicero Lived By . Lund, 2009
Lavan, M. P. 2010 In : Bryn Mawr Classical Review . 2010
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Maurice Sartre. Histoires Greques: Snapshots from Antiquity . Harvard, 2009
Lavan, M. P. 1 May 2009 In : TLS, The Times Literary Supplement .
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

 

For further information on publications, please view my profile on the university's research portal.

Teaching

  • Honours modules on Ancient Empires, The Culture of Roman Imperialism, Roman Slavery and Death in Roman Culture 
  • Contributions to team-taught Honours Latin modules on Latin Letters and Latin Historical Writing. 
  • Contributions to the team-taught sub-Honours programmes in Ancient History and Latin Literature.

I am on research leave for the academic year 2014-15.

Academic career

My first degree was a BA in Classics from Trinity College Dublin (1995-9). I then went astray for five years – studying international politics and economics at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service (1999-2001) and working as a management consultant with McKinsey & Co (2001-4) – before eventually seeing the error of my ways. I returned to Classics and completed an MPhil and PhD at Cambridge (2004-8). I was a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (2008-10) and came to St Andrews in September 2010.

I am on the editorial board of the Journal of Roman Studies (2014-) and the Council of the Classical Association of Scotland (2013-).

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