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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 work treats the importation of ancient Egyptian artworks and artifacts into Italy in the imperial period.



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

NEH Summer Stipend, Summer 2012

Margo Tytus Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, Spring 2012

AIA/DAI Fellowship for Study in Berlin, Fall 2011

Faculty Fellowship for summer research, The College of William and Mary, 2010

Suzanne Matthews Faculty Fellowship for summer research, The College of William and Mary, 2009

Villa Postdoctoral Fellow, Getty Research Institute, 2007 - 2008

Selected Publications

Egypt in Italy: Visions of Egypt in Roman Imperial Culture (Forthcoming, Cambridge University Press, 2014)

"Encountering Ovid's Phaedra in Pompeii Regio V, 2, 10-11" (Forthcoming, AJA Oct. 2014)

"'Egyptian' Priests in Roman Italy," in Cultural Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean, ed. E. Gruen (Getty Research Institute 2010)

"Aegyptus Redacta: Augustus’ obelisk in the Campus Martius"  (Art Bulletin 2010) 

“Egypt Embodied: the Vatican Nile” (AJA July 2009) 

“Egyptian objects, Roman contexts: a taste for aegyptiaca in Italy,” in Nile into Tiber: Egypt in the Roman World Proceedings of the IIIrd International Conference of Isis Studies, Leiden, May 11-14 2005. Religions in the Graeco-Roman World v. 159, M. Versluys, P. Meyboom, and L. Bricault, eds. (Brill 2007)

Teaching, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014

This semester, I am teaching Roman Art and Archaeology and Latin 202: Introduction to Poetry. In Fall 2013, I taught two courses: LAT 201 "Introduction to Latin Prose" and CLCV 430 "Romans at Home." In the latter course, we discussed Roman families and domestic spaces, including atrium houses, apartment complexes, and the palaces of the emperors.  This course was also fortunate to have received a small grant from William and Mary encouraging the use of new technologies in the classroom.  We used Google's free Sketch-Up program to model houses - testing first-hand various theories about the use and decoration of specific spaces and better learning how to read plans and elevations in the process.

Update, November 2013: Check out this reconstruction of the octagonal room in Nero's 'Golden House' by Alana Toabe '15. For this project, we tested a theory that the room featured decorative columns. 

 Nero Room