Alison Futrell

Department Head

Associate Professor

My interests lie in the discourse, performance, and imagery of power in imperial Rome, with special interest in spectacle and gender. I am likewise alert to manifestations 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 on a number of documentaries for the History Channel and A & E, including "Hannibal", "The True Story of Gladiators", "Cleopatra's World: Alexandria Revealed",  "Boudica: Warrior Queen", and, most recently, "Bible Rules".