Professor Susan Treggiari

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Academic Background

I read old Greats (Lit. Hum.) at Oxford and did post-graduate work for a B.Litt. Most of my teaching was in Canada and the U.S., which means that my undergraduate lecture courses in history (chiefly Roman) were mainly for non-classicists and that I also taught Greek and Latin. Undergraduate seminars and graduate work allowed more concentration on Roman history. I now live in Oxford. I am one of the General Editors of the Clarendon Ancient History Series.

Research Interests

Back in the 1960s, I worked on freed slaves in the Republic. This led to further research on the evidence of  epitaphs on the occupations and family-life of slaves and freed(wo)men, especially from the early imperial communal tombs. But I have always kept a keen interest in the literary sources, especially Cicero and especially his correspondence. In the 1970s I tried to fill in some of the gaps in our understanding of lower-class Roman women. A sabbatical spent reading the Digest led to studies on marriage in the classical period of  Roman law. Since then, I have chiefly focused on the family. I am currently completing a book on the high aristocracy, Servilia and her family. I am also exploring patriotism in late Republican literature.

Research Keywords
Roman social history, Roman family, Cicero, late Roman Republic.

Full Publications:professor_susan_treggiari_full_list_of_publications.pdf

Selected Publications:

Roman Marriage. Iusti coniuges from the time of Cicero to the time of Ulpian (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991)

‘Marriage and family’ in S. Harrison ed., A Companion to Latin literature (Oxford: Blackwell, 2005) 372-84

‘Putting the family across: Cicero on natural affection’, in M. George ed., The Roman family in the Empire. Rome, Italy and beyond (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005) 9-35 

‘Women in the time of Augustus’ in Karl Galinsky ed., The Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005) 130-47

Terentia, Tullia and Publilia. The women of Cicero’s family (London: Routledge, Women of Antiquity, 2007)

‘The education of the Ciceros’, in W. Martin Bloomer ed., A Companion to ancient education (Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2015) 240-51