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Dr. Matthew Roller

Episode 67: Dr. Matthew Roller

Matthew Roller is Professor of Classics at Johns Hopkins University. His research and teaching range widely over the history, literature, philosophy, and art of ancient Rome. He is the author of three books: Constructing Autocracy: Aristocrats and Emperors in Julio-Claudian Rome (Princeton University Press, 2001), Dining Posture in Ancient Rome: Bodies, Values, and Status (Princeton University Press, 2006), and Models from the past in Roman culture: a world of exempla (Cambridge University Press, 2018). In addition he has published numerous articles, chapters, and shorter studies. His current large-scale project investigates aristocratic competition in the early Roman empire, particularly in the realm of oratory and eloquence. He has received fellowships from the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Among his administrative roles, he served for seven years as the chair of the Classics department at Johns Hopkins University, and for five years as the Vice Dean for Graduate Education and Interdepartmental Centers and Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins. In 2023 he is serving as president of the Society for Classical Studies, the national professional association for Classicists.

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