Specialist Subjects: Roman history; Roman archaeology; Urbanisation; City life in the Roman empire; Pompeii and Herculaneum; Material culture; Consumption; Classical reception. Supervisory Research Areas:Pompeii and the Bay of Naples; The archaeology of Rome and Ostia; Roman urbanization; History of excavations.
Joanne Berry is a Roman historian and archaeologist with a particular interest in urban life and how this can shed light on wider issues of Roman society and culture. She is also interested in the intellectual history of archaeology. Much of her research to date has focused on the ancient site of Pompeii, although she is also the co-author of a forthcoming book on the Roman army (The Complete Roman Legions, with Nigel Pollard) and has co-edited (with Ray Laurence) a volume on cultural identity in the Roman world. In 2008 she founded Blogging Pompeii, a news and discussion site for Pompeii and the archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples.
Dr Berry is currently writing a chapter on urbanism in Roman Italy for a new Blackwell Companion to Roman Italy, and is working on a new book, the Complete Ancient Rome for Thames and Hudson (co-authored with Nigel Pollard). Future publications will include articles on boundaries and control in the Roman house, lamps and lighting, and the restoration of the House of the Vetti at Pompeii.
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Principal research grants, fellowships, and prizes:
BA Hons (First Class) Ancient History, University of Reading 1992 MA (Distinction) Ancient Social and Cultural History, University of Reading 1993 Ph.D Classics, University of Reading 1997
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CLH 284 Writing Ancient History
CLH 294/394 Pompeii and the cities of Vesuvius
CLH 384 Dissertations