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Molly Swetnam-Burland

Molly Swetnam-Burland2About me:  I teach in William and Mary's Classical Studies department, including classes on Roman archaeology and art, the cities of Rome and Pompeii, and Latin language and literature. I have particular research interests in Roman fresco and sculpture. My recent book treats the importation of ancient Egyptian artworks and artifacts into Italy in the imperial period, and my new work looks at narrative strategies in Roman myth paintings.



University of Michigan (MA Latin 1999, MA Classical Archaeology 1999, PhD Classical Art and Archaeology Dec. 2002) 

Wesleyan University (BA Classics with Honors 1995)

Selected Fellowships and Awards

Alumni Association,The College of William and Mary, Award for Teaching Excellence (2015)

NEH Summer Stipend, Summer 2012

Margo Tytus Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Spring 2012

AIA/DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin, Fall 2011

Villa Postdoctoral Fellow, Getty Research Institute, 2007 - 2008

Most Recent Publications and Full CV

Afterwards: Reuse and Renovation in Roman Material Culture, co-edited with Diana Ng. (Edited volume in preparation)

Egypt in Italy: Visions of Egypt in Roman Imperial Culture (Cambridge University Press, January 2015)

"Encountering Ovid's Phaedra in Pompeii Regio V, 2, 10-11" (AJA April 2015)

"Monuments in Egyptian Style" in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Sculpture, ed. E. Friedland and M. Sobocinski (Oxford University Press,  2015)



In Fall 2015, I am teaching CLCV 342/ COLL 200 Pompeii and Herculaneum and LAT 101 Introduction to Latin


Nero Room


Alana Toabe ('15) made this reconstruction for my seminar "The Roman Home," in which we experimented with using Google Sketch up to reconstruct the experience of Roman domestic spaces.  She was testing a theory that the octagonal room in Nero's Golden House had columns.