PhD, University of Michigan
Umrath Hall, Room 249
Washington University in St. Louis
Campus Box 1050
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Professor Acton received her Ph.D. in Greek and Roman History from the University of Michigan. Her research specializations are the history of Rome, especially in the late Republic and early Empire; Roman historiography; Roman numismatics. Her interest, broadly speaking, is in how individuals, groups, or institutions held power in the Roman world. Her historical research draws from a range of types of evidence, including literary texts, epigraphic sources, and material evidence, especially coins. She is currently working on a book about the idea of the emperor in the civil war of 69 CE, as well as a project concerning the production and circulation of coins in the mid-to-late Roman Republic.
L08 Classics 341C: Ancient History: The Roman Republic
Rome from its legendary foundation until the assassination of Julius Caesar. Topics include: the establishment, development, and collapse of Rome's Republican government; imperial expansion; Roman culture in a Mediterranean context; and the dramatic political and military events associated with figures like the Carthaginian general Hannibal, the Thracian rebel Spartacus, and the Roman statesman Cicero.
L08 Classics 342C: Ancient History: The Roman Empire
Roman political, military, and social history from Augustus to Constantine, exploring questions of empires and imperialism, autocracy and government, and tradition and transformation. Topics include: emperors and imperial scandals, the rise of Christianity, military crisis, the Principate and the Dominate, and Rome's relationship with its provinces (and vice versa).
L10 Latin 415: Cicero: Political Speeches
Cicero's PHILIPPICS, speeches denouncing Mark Antony after the death of Julius Caesar, are masterpieces of invective from one of Rome's greatest orators. We will read PHILIPPICS 1 and 2, paying particular attention to: Cicero's language and style; rhetorical genre; and Cicero's assassination of Antony's character in the political and cultural context of the 1st century BCE.