Alison Futrell

About Alison Futrell

I earned my doctorate in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology. My research is guided by my interest in the symbols and rituals of power in the Roman Empire, with particular focus on the deployment of gender and material culture in imperial politics. I am also intrigued by representations of ancient Rome in the modern world, in film, literature and art. I regularly teach the survey course on Roman History and upper division courses on Republic and on Empire. I also teach undergraduate courses on the ancient Mediterranean, including more general courses on the history of Rome's Republic and Empire, as well as focused courses on Spectacle, Performance, and Sport and on the ways that the ancient Mediterranean has been represented in film and television. Graduate courses include colloquia on Comparative Imperial Systems, Cleopatra VII, Women in Early Europe, Frontiers and Empire, and the general Topics in Roman History, as well as a pedagogy workshop for graduate students. My first monograph, Blood in the Arena , looks at how the institution of the gladiatorial games functioned in the negotiation of power among different groups in the Roman Imperial West. In 2006, Blackwell published my Roman Games: A Sourcebook , which considers spectacle in the Roman world more broadly. I am currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle (with Tom Scanlon), as well as several pieces on Rome in popular culture. 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".


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Alison Futrell
Department Head and Associate Professor of History
Telephone: 626-8428
Office: SS 139A
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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