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. Boundaries and control in the Roman house. Journal of Roman Archaeology 29
  2. Urbanization. In Alison Cooley (Ed.), A Companion to Roman Italy. (pp. 293-307). Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  3. & The Complete Roman Legions, paperback. London: Thames and Hudson.
  4. 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.
  5. The Complete Pompeii, paperback. London: Thames and Hudson.

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Teaching

  • CL-M09 Dissertation in Ancient History and or Classical Literature

    Dissertation in Ancient History or an approved Classical subject.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • HIHD01 Heritage Dissertation (Written)

    Students produce a dissertation of up to 20,000 words on a heritage topic, chosen and developed in conjunction with their supervisor.