Professor, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies
BA, Yale University
PhD, University of California, Berkeley
I am a Roman historian whose primary interests center on the religious practices of the ancient world. I focus on how religious practice both shapes and reflects cultural identity, and on what the similarities and differences in practice across the ancient Mediterranean reveal about the peoples inhabiting that world. More recently I have become interested in how memory is shaped by religious practices and how those memories in turn shape the development of a society.