Lauren Caldwell is Associate 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 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 gynecology and midwives for the Blackwell Companion to Ancient Science, Medicine, and Technology. 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.
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.
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