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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 project to quantify the spread of Roman citizenship in the provinces from Augustus to Caracalla and rethink the history of citizenship in the light of the results. The project is supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2014-15). I present the methodology and the preliminary results in an article forthcoming in Past & Present 2016: ‘The spread of Roman citizenship 14-212 CE: Quantification in the face of high uncertainty’.

I am also working on a commentary on Tacitus Annals 14 with Christopher Whitton and wrapping up a comparative study of elite integration in ancient empires on which I have been collaborating with Richard Payne and John Weisweiler for the past three years. The project has resulted in an edited volume, Cosmopolitanism and empire: Universal rulers, local elites and cultural integration in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean, forthcoming in OUP’s Oxford Studies in Early Empires series. I am also working to expand on Slaves to Rome (Cambridge, 2013) with a number of article-length studies further exploring how the Roman elite conceived of their imperial project.

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

Cosmopolitanism and empire: Universal rulers, local elites and cultural integration in the ancient Near East and Mediterranean - forthcoming
Lavan, M. P. (ed.) , Weisweiler, J. (ed.) & Payne, R. (ed.) 2016 Oxford University Press . (Oxford Studies in Early Empires).
Research output : Book/Report Book

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 world at peace or the world pacified? Pax , pacare , pacatus and the language of Roman imperialism - forthcoming
Lavan, M. P. 2015 Peace and reconciliation in the classical world. Moloney, E. P. & Williams, M. S. (eds.). Ashgate
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

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

 

The spread of Roman citizenship 14-212 CE: Quantification in the face of high uncertainty -  forthcoming
Lavan, M. P. 2016 In : Past & Present .
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Florus and Dio on the enslavement of the provinces
Lavan, M. P. Dec 2013 In : Cambridge Classical Journal . 59 , p. 125-151
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1750270513000067
Open access version: Lavan_2013_Florus_and_Dio_CCJ.pdf
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

 

The New Green-and-Yellow of Agricola (on A. J. Woodman, ed., with Christina S. Kraus, Tacitus: Agricola )
Lavan, M. P. 2015 In : Histos . p. xxxix-xlv
Research output : Contribution to journal Book/Film/Article review

Roman death
Lavan, M. P. Mar 2014 In : Classical Review . 64 , 1 , p. 231 232 p.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009840X13003144
Open access version: Lavan_2014_TCR_Roman.pdf
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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