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310 Old CollegeNewark, DE 19716<div class="ExternalClassAF84AA34D2494DE7B368734EA26C249E"><p>Professor <strong>Lauren Hackworth Petersen</strong> received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin. She specializes in ancient Roman art and architecture. She has also done extensive research in Greek and Etruscan art and assisted with the excavations at the Etruscan-Roman habitation site at Cetamura del Chianti, Italy. Professor Petersen is a recipient of numerous awards, including an ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship, a Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship, a Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship, a Rome Prize at the American Academy in Rome, and a Fulbright Grant.</p><p>Her most recent book, <em>The Material Life of Roman Slaves </em>(co-authored with Sandra Joshel, Cambridge University Press, 2014), intervenes in scholarly debates on the archaeology of Roman slavery by searching for ways to see slaves in urban houses, city streets, workshops, and villas—to make slaves visible where literature, law, and art tells us they were present. The book has won the 2015 PROSE Award for Excellence in the Humanities and the PROSE Award in Classics & Ancient History.</p><p>She has two other books to her credit. <em>Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and Rome</em> (a co-edited project with Patricia Salzman-Mitchell, University of Texas Press, 2012) provides an interdisciplinary examination of the potentially charged roles of motherhood in ancient daily life, politics, art and architecture, and rhetoric. <em>The Freedman in Roman Art and Art History</em> (Cambridge University Press, 2006; paperback edition, 2011) vigorously challenges elite models that have dominated our understanding of non-elite Roman monuments and offers interpretations of artistic commissions by former slaves through a variety of approaches. Her articles appear in art historical and Classics journals, including <em>The Art Bulletin, Arethusa, Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, </em>and<em> Source: Notes in the History of Art</em>. In addition, she has authored a number of essays in edited volumes. She is currently working on a book project focusing on the religions and rituals of ancient Rome.</p><p>Professor Petersen's research and teaching interests include art in the everyday life of ancient Romans, visual culture in Pompeii, the art of commemoration, classical art revivals and their meanings, and ancient constructions of gender and sexuality. She holds a Joint Appointment in the Department of Women and Gender Studies.</p></div>lhp@udel.eduPetersen, Lauren Hackworth302-831-2793302-831-3498<img alt="Lauren Hackworth Petersen" src="/Images%20Bios/People/Faculty/petersen-bio.JPG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />Professor and Interim Associate Dean for the Humanities, FAAR '99Greek and Roman ArtPh.D. University of Texas at Austin

 

 

The Material Life of Roman SlavesPetersen, Lauren Hackworthand Sandra R. JoshelCambridge University PressCambridge2014http://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/classical-studies/classical-art-and-architecture/material-life-roman-slaves?format=HB#xkjZiPgSqkCSymby.97<p> <em>The Material Life of Roman Slaves</em> is a major contribution to scholarly debates on the archaeology of Roman slavery. Rather than regarding slaves as irretrievable in archaeological remains, the book takes the archaeological record as a key form of evidence for reconstructing slaves' lives and experiences. Interweaving literature, law, and material evidence, the book searches for ways to see slaves in the various contexts - to make them visible where evidence tells us they were in fact present. Part of this project involves understanding how slaves seem irretrievable in the archaeological record and how they are often actively, if unwittingly, left out of guidebooks and scholarly literature. Individual chapters explore the dichotomy between visibility and invisibility and between appearance and disappearance in four physical and social locations - urban houses, city streets and neighborhoods, workshops, and villas.<br></p>
Mothering and Motherhood in Ancient Greece and RomePetersen, Lauren Hackworthand Patricia Salzman-Mitchell, eds.University of Texas PressAustin2012https://utpress.utexas.edu/books/petmot<p>Motherhood played a central role in ancient Greece and Rome, despite the virtual absence of female participation in the public spheres of life. Mothers could wield enormous influence as the reproductive bodies of society and, in many cases, of culture. Yet motherhood and acts of mothering have received relatively little focused and sustained attention by modern scholars, who have concentrated almost exclusively on analyzing depictions of ancient women more generally.<br></p><p>In this volume, experts from across the humanities present a wealth of evidence from legal, literary, and medical texts, as well as art, architecture, ritual, and material culture, to reveal the multilayered dimensions of motherhood in both Greece and Rome and to confront the fact that not all mothers and acts of mothering can be easily categorized. The authors consider a variety of mothers—from the mythical to the real, from empress to prostitute, and from citizen to foreigner—to expose both the mundane and the ideologically charged lives of mothers in the Classical world. Some essays focus on motherhood as a largely private (emotional, intimate) experience, while others explore the ramifications of public, oftentimes politicized, displays of motherhood. This state-of-the art look at mothers and mothering in the ancient world also takes on a contemporary relevance as the authors join current debates on motherhood and suggest links between the lives of ancient mothers and the diverse, often conflicting roles of women in modern Western society.<br></p>
The Freedman in Roman Art and Art HistoryPetersen, Lauren HackworthCambridge University PressCambridge2006http://admin.cambridge.org/academic/subjects/classical-studies/classical-art-and-architecture/freedman-roman-art-and-art-history?format=HB&isbn=9780521858892#wPUA3AetARWRQ45A.97<p>From monumental tombs and domestic decoration, to acts of benefaction and portraits of ancestors, Roman freed slaves, or freedmen, were prodigious patrons of art and architecture. Traditionally, however, the history of Roman art has been told primarily through the monumental remains of the emperors and ancient writers who worked in their circles. In this study, Lauren Petersen critically investigates the notion of 'freedman art' in scholarship, dependent as it is on elite-authored texts that are filled with hyperbole and stereotype of freedmen, such as the memorable fictional character Trimalchio, a boorish ex-slave in Petronius' Satyricon. She emphasizes integrated visual ensembles within defined historical and social contexts and aims to show how material culture can reflect preoccupations that were prevalent throughout Roman society. Interdisciplinary in scope, this book explores the many ways that monuments and artistic commissions by freedmen spoke to a much more complex reality than that presented in literature.<br></p>

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