Alex Antoniou

The broad aim of my doctoral project is to analyse Roman priesthoods from a social, moral and ethical perspective. While late 20th century scholarship has been instrumental in ensuring that we do not unfairly impute Christianising assumptions into our understandings of Roman religion, my thesis seeks to show that we have gone too far in the other direction. I insist that the Romans did make certain, albeit limited, assumptions of the behaviour of their sacerdotes, and I offer an analysis of the social, moral and ethical expectations made of their behaviour in the late republic and early empire. More generally, I am broadly interested in social and cultural aspects of Roman religion, both in Rome and in the provinces. Alongside my D.Phil, my current research focuses on evidence (mainly epigraphic) of emperor worship in the Italian peninsula, and the role of prodigies in negotiating Roman identity outside of the city of Rome.