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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

Roman society and culture, especially imperialism, slavery and patronage; Roman historiography; the theory and practice of cultural history.

Current research projects

My work strives to balance writing social and political history with serious engagement with the sophisticated literary and epigraphic texts that mediate much of our understanding of the ancient world. My first monograph, Slaves to Rome (Cambridge 2013), explored how the Roman imperial project is conceptualized and debated in Latin literature. I have also published articles on slavery metaphors in several Greek and Roman historians (Cassius Dio, Florus, Josephus and Tacitus).

I am currently working on a commentary on Tacitus Annals XIV (with Chris Whitton) and on a project to quantify the spread of Roman citizenship in the provinces from Augustus to Caracalla. Longer-term plans include studies of provincial revolts and revolt narratives and of the language of imperial letters and edicts.

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

As well as contributing to various team-taught modules in Ancient History and Latin Literature, I offer Honours modules on Ancient Empires, The Culture of Roman Imperialism, Roman Slavery and Death in Roman Culture. I also contribute to the Honours Latin modules on Latin Letters and Latin Historical Writing.

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). Eventually seeing the error of my ways, I returned to Classics and completed an MPhil and PhD at Cambridge (2004-8). Before coming to St Andrews in September 2010, I was a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (2008-10)

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