Lauren Caldwell is Associate Professor of Classical Studies. Her research is in Roman social and intellectual history, including Roman law and Greco-Roman medicine. Her book Roman Girlhood and the Fashioning of Femininity (Cambridge University Press 2014; reviewed here) investigates the social pressures that encouraged early marriage for daughters in elite families in the early Roman Empire and the consequences of early marriage for their health and well-being.
She has also published on Vergil’s Aeneid and on Roman law and rhetoric. She has written about Roman physicians and their patients for the Oxford Handbook of Ancient Science and Medicine and about midwives for the Blackwell Companion to Ancient Science, Medicine, and Technology. Her new large research project is on Roman imperial intellectual life, particularly as it is revealed in the writings of the second-century physician Galen’s texts and the third-century author Aelian’s literary work History of Animals. Currently she is writing an article on how Aelian uses storytelling about the animal world to explore the themes of justice and tyranny.
At Wesleyan, she offers courses on Roman law, Greek and Roman medicine, the Roman family, and Latin and Greek, and regularly advises undergraduate senior research projects in these areas.
Upcoming talk: March 2016 at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, on the Latin translation and popularity of Aelian’s History of Animals in the Renaissance.
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