Alison Futrell

About Alison Futrell

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".


Areas of Study

Ancient Rome, Gender and Sexuality,

Spectacle and Performance, Film and Theater

Selected Publications

I am the author of Blood in the Arena (1997) and Roman Games (2006), co-editor of the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World and am working on Dangerous Histories: Mystic Truths, Exotic Doom and Deadly Queens in the Cinematic Past.

Research Interests

Imperial Rome, Power, Spectacle, Gender, the reproduction of the Ancient Mediterranean in film and television

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Contact Information

Alison Futrell
Associate Professor, Department Head
Telephone: 626-8428
Office: CHVZ 419
Office Hours: T Th 11-2 and by appt. (Spring 2019)

Courses Taught

Recent courses include Survey of Roman History (Hist/Clas 205), the upper division sequence on Rome's Republic and Empire (Hist/Clas 404/504A & B), Performance, Sport, a& Spectacle in the Ancient Mediterranean (Hist/Clas 497/597B), Cleopatra: Power, Passion, Propaganda (Hist/Clas/GWS 404/504C), The Ancient Mediterranean in Film (Hist/Clas 486-586) and the Teaching Workshop (Hist 597A).

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Department of History
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Main Office, Room 415 
1110 James E. Rogers Way
Tucson, AZ 85721

Tel: (520) 621-1586
Fax: (520) 621-2422