Alison Futrell

Associate Professor

My interests lie in the discourse, performance, and imagery of power in imperial Rome, with special interest in spectacle and gender. I have authored and edited and co-edited Blood in the Arena; The Roman Games; and The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World. I am likewise alert to representations of the ancient Mediterranean in modern popular culture, particularly film and television, with publications on The Viking Queen (1967), Spartacus (1960 and 2010-13), HBO’s Rome (2005, 2007) and Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001). I have appeared as a talking head in a number of public-facing media, including, most recently, for National Geographic and  BBC History Extra, on such topics as gladiators, the Roman arena, Cleopatra, Boudica, Hannibal, and the Bible. Coming in July, 2022, I am featured in "Colosseum", an eight-part series on the History Channel! (I was a discussant on a teaser podcast for the channel's History This Week, which dropped on July 4).