Mary T. Boatwright

Mary T. Boatwright

Professor Emerita of Classical Studies

(919) 684-3189
Office Hours: 

W 11-noon, W 4:30-5:30pm, & by appt.
Office Location: Allen 231

Roman history, especially the social and political history of the Empire; Roman women; topography of Rome; Rome's northern frontiers; Latin historiography

Education & Training:

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1980

  • M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 1975

  • B.A., Stanford University 1973

Boatwright, M. T., et al. A Brief History of the Romans. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Boatwright, M. T. Peoples of the Roman World. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Boatwright, M. T., et al. A Brief History of The Romans. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Boatwright, M. T., et al. The Romans: From Village to Empire. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Boatwright, M. T. Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire. Princeton University Press, 2000.

Boatwright, M. T. Hadrian and the City of Rome. Princeton University Press, 1987.

Boatwright, M. T. The Imperial Women of Rome: Power, Gender, Example, Context. Oxford University Press.

Boatwright, Mary T. “JULIA DOMNA - J. Langford Maternal Megalomania. Julia Domna and the Imperial Politics of Motherhood. Pp. xiv + 203, ills. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013. Cased, £28.50, US$55. ISBN: 978-1-4214-0847-7.The Classical Review, vol. 65, no. 1, Cambridge University Press (CUP), Apr. 2015, pp. 200–02. Crossref, doi:10.1017/s0009840x14002182. Full Text

Boatwright, M. T. “CARLOS F. NORENA. Imperial Ideals in the Roman West: Representation, Circulation, Power.The American Historical Review, vol. 118, no. 1, Oxford University Press (OUP), 1 Feb. 2013, pp. 233–34. Crossref, doi:10.1093/ahr/118.1.233. Full Text

Boatwright, Mary T. “The Roman Triumph. By Mary Beard. (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2007. Pp. 434. $29.95.).” The Historian, vol. 71, no. 4, Informa UK Limited, 1 Dec. 2009, pp. 881–82. Crossref, doi:10.1111/j.1540-6563.2009.00252_40.x. Full Text

Boatwright, M. T. “Memory of the ancestors: Staging and development of the Roman laudatio-funebris.” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 108, no. 1, Jan. 2004, pp. 135–37.

Boatwright, Mary Taliaferro. “Bread and Circuses: Euergetism and Municipal Patronage in Roman Italy (review).” American Journal of Philology, vol. 125, no. 2, Project Muse, 2004, pp. 293–96. Crossref, doi:10.1353/ajp.2004.0013. Full Text

Boatwright, M. T. “Image and memory: Funerary monuments with portrait busts in the Colonia Augusta Emerita.” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 108, no. 1, Jan. 2004, pp. 135–37.

Boatwright, M. T. “Review of J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Decline and Fall of the Roman City.” <I>American Historical Review</I>, 2003, pp. 1199–200.

Boatwright, Mary T. “Review: Temples and Towns in Roman Iberia. The Social and Architectural Dynamics of Sanctuary Designs, from the Third Century B. C. to the Third Century A. D. by William E. Mierse.” Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, vol. 59, no. 4, University of California Press, 1 Dec. 2000, pp. 554–56. Crossref, doi:10.2307/991637. Full Text

Boatwright, M. T. “Review of A. R. Birley, Hadrian. The Restless Emperor.” <I>Journal of Roman Archaeology</I>, vol. 13, 2000, pp. 593–96.


Boatwright, M. T. “Visualizing Empire in Imperial Rome.” Ancient World Views: Institutions and Geography from the Greco-Roman World, edited by L. Brice and D. Slootjes, Brill, 2015, pp. 235–59.

Boatwright, M. T. “Hadrian and the Agrippa Inscription of the Pantheon.” Hadrian: Art, Politics and Economy, edited by T. Opper, British Museum, 2013, pp. 19–30.

Boatwright, M. T. “The Elogia of the Volusii Saturnini at Lucus Feroniae, and the Education of their Domestic Service.” L’écriture Dans La Maison Romaine, edited by M. Corbier and J. -. P. Guilhembet, de Boccard, 2012, pp. 99–112.

Boatwright, M. T. “Antonine Rome: Security in the Homeland.” The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation and Ritual, edited by B. C. Ewald and C. F. Norena, Cambridge University Press, 2010, pp. 169–97.

Boatwright, M. T. “Children and Parents on the Tombstones of Pannonia.” The Roman Family in the Empire: Rome, Italy and Beyond, edited by M. George, Oxford University Press, 2010.

Boatwright, M. T. “Hadrian.” Lives of the Caesars, edited by A. A. Barrett, Blackwell, 2008, pp. 155–80.

Boatwright, M. T. “Tacitus and the Final Rites of Agrippina: Annals 14, 9.” Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, edited by C. Deroux, vol. XIV, 2008, pp. 375–93.

Boatwright, M. T. “Trajan Outside Rome: Buildings and Sculptural Commissions in Italian and Provincial Cities.” Sage and Emperor, edited by P. Stadter and L. V. D. Stockt, Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2003, pp. 259–77.

Boatwright, M. T. Faustina the Younger, Mater Castrorum. Edited by R. Frei-Stolba and A. Biel, 2003, pp. 249–68.

Boatwright, M. T. “Faustina the Younger, Mater Castrorum.” Echo 2: Les Femmes Antiques Entre Sphère Privée et Sphère Publique., edited by R. Frei-Stolba et al., Peter Lang, 2003, pp. 249–68.


Boatwright, M. T. “Acceptance and approval: Romans' non-roman population transfers, 180 B.C.E.-ca 70 C.E.Phoenix, vol. 69, no. 1–2, Mar. 2015, pp. 122–46.

Boatwright, M. T. “Agrippa’s Building Inscriptions.” Zeitschrift FüR Papyrologie Und Epigraphik, vol. 189, 2014, pp. 255–64.

Boatwright, M. T. “Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum.” Transactions of the American Philological Association, vol. 141, no. 1, 2011, pp. 105–41.

Boatwright, M. T. “Matidia the Younger.” Echoes De Monde Classique/Classical Views, vol. 26, 1992, pp. 19–32.

Boatwright, M. T. Plancia Magna of Perge, and the Roles and Status of Women in Roman Asia Minor. Edited by S. B. Pomeroy, Chapel Hill, NC: UNC Press, 1991, pp. 249–72.

Boatwright, M. T. “Imperial Women of the Early Second Century A.C.” American Journal of Philology, vol. 112, 1991, pp. 513–40.

Boatwright, M. T. Public Architecture in Rome and the Year A.D. 96. Vol. 15, no. 1, 1990, pp. 67–90.

Boatwright, M. T. “Theaters in the Roman Empire.” Biblical Archaeologist, vol. 53, 1990, pp. 184–92.

Boatwright, M. T. “Hadrian and Italian Cities.” Chiron, vol. 19, 1989, pp. 235–71.

Boatwright, M. T. “Caesar’s Second Consulship and the Completion and Date of Bellum Civile.” Classical Journal, vol. 84, 1988, pp. 31–40.


Boatwright, M. T. Imagining Regium Lepidi historically: A Roman town in North Italy. Edited by M. Forte, 2016.

Boatwright, M. T. Tacitus and the Wealth, Enrichment, and Impoverishment of the Roman Upper Class. Edited by J. H. D’Arms, 1980.

Boatwright, M. T. “Monuments and Memory: The Romans and Us.” News and Observer, 2015.

Boatwright, M. T. “The Antonines.” Oxford Bibliographies in Classics, edited by D. Clayman, Oxford University Press, 2014.

Boatwright, M. T. “Capri.” Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, edited by M. Gagarin, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Boatwright, M. T. “Review of the British Museum exhibition Hadrian: Empire and Conflict.” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 113, 2009, pp. 121–28.

Boatwright, M. T. “Hadrian in London.” American Journal of Archaeology, vol. 113, 2009, pp. 121–28.

Boatwright, M. T. “Hadrian.” Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, edited by M. Gagarin, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Selected Grants

2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, May 3-6, 2012 awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012