Mary T. Boatwright

Professor of Classical Studies

External address: 
231 Allen Bldg, West Campus, Durham, NC 27708-0103
Internal office address: 
Box 90103, Durham, NC 27708-0103
(919) 684-3189
Office hours: 

M 2:45-4:00pm, Tu 1-2pm, & by appt.  (I'm happy to meet you outside regular hours, but need to set it up.)


Roman history, especially the social and political history of the Empire; Roman women; topography of Rome; Rome's northern frontiers; Latin historiography

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1980

  • M.A., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor 1975

  • B.A., Stanford University 1973

2012 Annual Meeting of the Association of Ancient Historians, Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill, May 3-6, 2012 awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2012

History of the ICCS: The First Fifty Years (1965-2015). Edited by MT Boatwright, M Maas, and C Smith. Centro Press, 2015. (Minor Book)

Boatwright, MT, Gargola, D, Lenski, N, and Talbert, RJA. A Brief History of the Romans. Oxford University Press, 2013. (Textbook)

Boatwright, MT. Peoples of the Roman World. Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Boatwright, MT, Gargola, DJ, Lenski, N, and Talbert, RJA. The Romans From Village to Empire: A History of Rome from Earliest Times to the End of the Western Empire. Oxford University Press, 2011. (Textbook)

Boatwright, MT, Gargola, DJ, and Talbert, RJA. A Brief History of The Romans. Oxford University Press, 2005.

Boatwright, MT, Gargola, DJ, and Talbert, RJA. The Romans: From Village to Empire. Oxford University Press, 2004.

Boatwright, MT. Hadrian and the Cities of the Roman Empire. Princeton University Press, 2000.

The Shapes of City Life in Rome and Pompeii. Edited by MT Boatwright and HB Evans. New Rochelle, NY: Caratzas, 2000.

Boatwright, MT. Hadrian and the City of Rome. Princeton University Press, 1987.

Boatwright, MT. "Maternal Megalomania. Julia Domna and the Imperial Politics of Motherhood." CLASSICAL REVIEW 65, no. 1 (April 2015): 200-202. Full Text

Boatwright, MT. "Imperial Ideals in the Roman West: Representation, Circulation, Power." AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW 118, no. 1 (February 2013): 233-234.

Boatwright, MT. "The Roman Triumph." HISTORIAN 71, no. 4 (2009): 881-882.

Boatwright, MT. "Memory of the ancestors: Staging and development of the Roman laudatio-funebris." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 108, no. 1 (January 2004): 135-137.

Boatwright, MT. "Bread and circuses: Euergetism and municipal patronage in Roman Italy." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PHILOLOGY 125, no. 2 (2004): 293-296. Full Text

Boatwright, MT. "Image and memory: Funerary monuments with portrait busts in the Colonia Augusta Emerita." AMERICAN JOURNAL OF ARCHAEOLOGY 108, no. 1 (January 2004): 135-137.

Boatwright, MT. "Review of J.H.W.G. Liebeschuetz, Decline and Fall of the Roman City." American Historical Review (2003): 1199-1200.

Boatwright, MT. "Temples and towns in Roman Iberia. The social and architectural dynamics of sanctuary designs, from the Third Century BC to the Third Century AD." JOURNAL OF THE SOCIETY OF ARCHITECTURAL HISTORIANS 59, no. 4 (December 2000): 554-556. Full Text

Boatwright, MT. "Review of A. R. Birley, Hadrian. The Restless Emperor." Journal of Roman Archaeology 13 (2000): 593-96.


Boatwright, MT. "Visualizing Empire in Imperial Rome." In Ancient World Views: Institutions and Geography from the Greco-Roman World,edited by L Brice and D Slootjes, 235-259. Leiden: Brill, 2015.

Boatwright, MT. "Hadrian and the Agrippa Inscription of the Pantheon." In Hadrian: Art, Politics and Economy,edited by T Opper, 19-30. London: British Museum, 2013.

Boatwright, MT. "The Elogia of the Volusii Saturnini at Lucus Feroniae, and the Education of their Domestic Service." In L’écriture dans la maison romaine,edited by M Corbier and J-P Guilhembet, 99-112. de Boccard, 2012.

Boatwright, MT. "Children and Parents on the Tombstones of Pannonia." In The Roman Family in the Empire: Rome, Italy and Beyond,edited by M George. New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Boatwright, MT. "Antonine Rome: Security in the Homeland." In The Emperor and Rome: Space, Representation and Ritual,edited by BC Ewald and CF Norena, 169-197. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Boatwright, MT. "Hadrian." In Lives of the Caesars,edited by AA Barrett, 155-180. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Boatwright, MT. "Tacitus and the Final Rites of Agrippina: Annals 14, 9." In Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History,edited by C Deroux, 375-93. 2008.

Boatwright, MT. "Trajan Outside Rome: Buildings and Sculptural Commissions in Italian and Provincial Cities." In Sage and Emperor,edited by P Stadter and LVD Stockt, 259-277. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2003.

Boatwright, MT. "Faustina the Younger, Mater Castrorum."edited by R Frei-Stolba and A Biel, 249-68. 2003.

Boatwright, MT. "Faustina the Younger, Mater Castrorum." In Echo 2: Les femmes antiques entre sphère privée et sphère publique,edited by R Frei-Stolba, A Bielman, and O Blanchi, 249-268. Bern: Peter Lang, 2003.


Boatwright, MT. "Acceptance and approval: Romans' non-roman population transfers, 180 B.C.E.-ca 70 C.E." Phoenix 69, no. 1-2 (March 1, 2015): 122-146. (Review)

Boatwright, MT. "Agrippa’s Building Inscriptions." Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 189 (2014): 255-264.

Boatwright, MT. "Women and Gender in the Forum Romanum." Transactions of the American Philological Association 141, no. 1 (2011): 105-141. (Review)

Boatwright, MT. "Matidia the Younger." Echoes de Monde Classique/Classical Views 26 (1992): 19-32.

Boatwright, MT. "Plancia Magna of Perge, and the Roles and Status of Women in Roman Asia Minor." Edited by SB Pomeroy. (1991): 249-72.

Boatwright, MT. "Imperial Women of the Early Second Century A.C." American Journal of Philology 112 (1991): 513-40.

Boatwright, MT. "Public Architecture in Rome and the Year A.D. 96." 15, no. 1 (1990): 67-90.

Boatwright, MT. "Theaters in the Roman Empire." Biblical Archaeologist 53 (1990): 184-92.

Boatwright, MT. "Hadrian and Italian Cities." Chiron 19 (1989): 235-71.

Boatwright, MT. "Caesar’s Second Consulship and the Completion and Date of Bellum Civile." Classical Journal 84 (1988): 31-40.


Boatwright, MT. "Imagining Regium Lepidi historically: A Roman town in North Italy (In preparation)." Regium@Lepidi 2200. Archeologia a confronto per la ricostruzione della città Romana. 2016.

Boatwright, MT. Tacitus and the Wealth, Enrichment, and Impoverishment of the Roman Upper Class. Edited by JH D'Arms. 1980. (PhD Thesis)

Boatwright, MT. "Monuments and Memory: The Romans and Us." News and Observer (2015). (Scholarly Commentary)

Boatwright, MT. "The Antonines." Edited by D Clayman. Oxford Bibliographies in Classics (2014).

Boatwright, MT. "Hadrian in London." American Journal of Archaeology 113 (2009): 121-28.

Boatwright, MT. "Hadrian." Edited by M Gagarin. Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (2009).

Boatwright, MT. "Capri." Edited by M Gagarin. Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (2009).

Boatwright, MT. "Review of the British Museum exhibition Hadrian: Empire and Conflict." American Journal of Archaeology 113 (2009): 121-128. (Review)