Timothy Smith

My research concentrates on the relationship between aediles and the Roman people. Modern scholarship tends towards constitutional or functionalist explanations of Rome’s magistracies. My research instead aims to reconstruct a social history of the aedileship: the literary and moral (self-)characterization of aediles; the association between aediles and specific locations of the city; and the nature of the relationship between aediles and various social groups. I also work on Roman elections, local magistracies in republican Italy, and the reception of Dante’s Commedia.