Lauren Caldwell is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies and affiliated faculty in the Science in Society Program. Her research is in Roman social history, Roman law, and Greco-Roman medicine. Her forthcoming book, Roman Girlhood and the Fashioning of Femininity (Cambridge University Press), investigates the social pressures that encouraged early marriage for daughters in elite families in the early Roman Empire.
She has also published on Vergil’s Aeneid and on Roman law and rhetoric. She is writing about gynecology for the Blackwell Companion to Science, Medicine, and Technology in Ancient Greece and Rome and about Roman medical sects for the Oxford Handbook of Ancient Science and Medicine. Her new research project is on Roman imperial intellectual life, particularly as it is revealed in the writings of the second-century physician Galen and the third-century author Aelian. In March 2015 she will be presenting at the AALAC Workshop on the Study of Gender and Sexuality in Greco-Roman Antiquity, at Amherst College.
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.
Recent presentation: “Becoming Cloelia: The Education of Roman Girls,” keynote lecture at the Boston Area Roman Studies Conference, Boston University, April 25, 2014.
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