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 was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014 and is reviewed here (Bryn Mawr Classical Review) and here (Classical Journal). In Roman Girlhood, the first in-depth study of female adolescence in the Roman Empire, Professor Caldwell investigates the social pressures that encouraged early marriage for daughters in elite families in the early Roman Empire and the consequences for their health and well-being.
Professor Caldwell has also published on Vergil’s Aeneid and on Roman law and rhetoric. She has written about Roman physicians for the Oxford Handbook of Ancient Science and Medicine and for the Blackwell Companion to Ancient Science, Medicine, and Technology. Her new project is on Roman imperial intellectual life, particularly as it is revealed in the second-century physician Galen’s text On Prognosis and in the third-century author Aelian’s History of Animals. Currently she is writing about 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 research projects. In Summer 2016, three of her students will study a collection of Roman gems from the first and second centuries as part of an internship at Hartford’s newly renovated Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art.
Upcoming talk: March 2016 at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, on the sixteenth-century manuscript edition and popularity of Aelian’s Miscellaneous History in the Renaissance.
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