Dr Joanne Berry

About Me

I am a Roman historian and archaeologist with a particular interest in urban life and how this can shed light on wider issues of Roman society and culture. I am also interested in the intellectual history of archaeology. Much of my research to date has focused on the ancient site of Pompeii, although I am also the co-author of a book on the Roman army (The Complete Roman Legions, with Nigel Pollard) and I have co-edited (with Ray Laurence) a volume on cultural identity in the Roman world. In 2008 I founded Blogging Pompeii, a news and discussion site for Pompeii and the archaeological sites of the Bay of Naples.

Areas of Expertise

  • Pompeii
  • Herculaneum
  • Roman urbanisation
  • Domestic artefacts
  • Roman social history

Publications

  1. & The Complete Roman Legions, paperback. London: Thames and Hudson.
  2. Giuseppe Fiorelli 1823–96 & Amedeo Maiuri 1886–1963: Excavating and Preserving Pompeii. In B. Fagan (Ed.), The Great Archaeologists. (pp. 124-129). Thames and Hudson.
  3. The Complete Pompeii, paperback. London: Thames and Hudson.
  4. & The Complete Roman Legions. London: Thames and Hudson.
  5. The Complete Pompeii. London: Thames and Hudson.

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Teaching

  • CL-M12A Postgraduate Latin I

    This module fis appropriate for students beginning the study of Latin at Master's level. It focuses on inculculating the core Latin grammar and syntax necessary for the reading of Latin documents in a Master's level programme.

  • CL-M13A Postgraduate Latin II

    The module consolidates the knowlege of Latin acquired in CL-M12 and enhances the capacity to apply it to documentary sources.

  • CLD300 Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for students doing single honours or joint honours degrees in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Egyptology. The aim is for students to do detailed research, to work on a project for several months and to produce a scholarly study of c. 8000-10000 words. The dissertation topic can be chosen freely, in consultation with a member of academic staff and subject to compatibility with a student's degree scheme and availablilty of supervisors and library material.This is a chance for students to pursue an area in which they are especially interested, and to deal with it in depth. Students may choose to do museum-based research. There are two preparatory pieces of assessment: an abstract, outline and bibliography, and an analysis of crucial source material and/or secondary literature. Work on the dissertation itself takes up most of the two semesters. Students are expected to do research independently, but there is a series of lectures in the first semester to provide advice on research and scholarly writing, Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will be organising group sessions with his/her supervisees and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.

  • CLH145 Introduction to Greek and Roman Art and Architecture

    This module is an introduction to the art and architecture of ancient Greece and Rome from c. 800 BC to c. AD 500, examining technical and aesthetic developments in ancient art in their cultural, social and political contexts, and providing an introduction to their influences on later periods of western art and architecture. Media to be examined include sculpture in stone, bronze and terracotta, including portraits and relief sculpture as well as free-standing statues; painting, including painted pottery, tomb painting and domestic wall-painting; and the architecture of temples, secular public buildings and houses. Students will learn to engage with and discuss a range of visual materials in seminars, as well as reading both ancient and modern discussions of the material at which they will be looking.

  • CLH150 Rome from Village to Empire: An Introduction to Roman History

    This module provides an introduction to the full sweep of Roman history from the origins of the city (traditionally recorded as 753 BC) through its expansion and development as the centre of a world empire to the political and military eclipse of the western empire in the 5th century AD. Students will learn about the political and military institutions of (in particular) the Republican and Imperial periods of Roman history, the cultural, social and economic characteristics of those periods, and about Rome's relationships with its subjects and neighbours. While the core of the module consists of lectures providing a survey overview of over a millenium of Roman history, seminars will enable students to undertake in-depth case studies relating to particular periods, engaging with both contemporary written evidence (read in translation) and material and visual evidence.

  • CLH2001 Ancient and Historic Places (Study-Trip/Field project; Ancient History)

    This module is designed to enable students to examine the (primarily ancient) history of a region through a combination of study on site and in the classroom. The specific focus of the 2013-14 version of the module is on Campania in southern Italy, and the cultural impact of Greek colonisation and Roman control on that region c. 700 BC to AD 79, with case studies of sites such as Velia, Cumae, Poseidonia/Paestum, Pompeii, Herculaneum and Puteoli. The approach taken is an interdisciplinary one, using both written material (ancient texts and inscriptions) and visual/material evidence.

  • CLH294 Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (Level 2)

    Pompeii is very different from other archaeological sites in terms of its destruction, excavation and preservation. The fact that most of the archaeological evidence from Pompeii relates to a single moment – AD79 – is both its strength and its weakness. This course aims to introduce students to the wealth of evidence from Pompeii that can be used to examine Roman urban life, but also to make them aware of the problems that affect our knowledge and interpretation of this evidence.

  • CLH394 Pompeii and the Cities of Vesuvius (level 3)

    Pompeii is very different from other archaeological sites in terms of its destruction, excavation and preservation. The fact that most of the archaeological evidence from Pompeii relates to a single moment – AD79 – is both its strength and its weakness. This course aims to introduce students to the wealth of evidence from Pompeii that can be used to examine Roman urban life, but also to make them aware of the problems that affect our knowledge and interpretation of this evidence.

  • CLL101 Beginning Latin Language I

    The basic linguistic form and structures of Latin laying the foundations for reading straightforward Latin literary texts and documents.

  • CLL102 Beginning Latin Language II

    Continuation of CLL101.

  • CLL221 Beginning Latin Language I

    The basic linguistics forms and structures of Latin, laying the foundations for reading straightforward Latin literary texts and documents.

  • CLL222 Beginning Latin Language II

    This module is a continuation of CLL221.

  • CLP266 Researching and Re-telling the Roman Past

    Research project focusing on a specific historical topic. Refer to departmental literature for details. This module allows students to work with original historical sources to produce text and images on an historical topic which communicate its meaning to a wider audience.