Department of Ancient History

Dr Peter Keegan

Dr Peter Keegan profile pictureAssociate Dean (Learning and Teaching), Faculty of Arts

Email: peter.keegan@mq.edu.au
Office: W6A 236
Phone: (02) 9850 8819
Undergraduate Teaching:
AHIS212 - Rome and the Caesars, AHIS339 - Capstone Unit: Greece, Rome, Late Antiquity

See: Bio | External Appointments | Grants | Awards | Editorial Responsibilities | Publications

Profile

Peter Keegan is a Senior Lecturer in Roman History, Latin Editor of the Female Biography Project, Chair of the Higher School Certificate Ancient History Examination Committee, and a member of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies Executive Committee.

He has published Graffiti in Antiquity (Routledge 2014) and Roles for Men and Women in Roman Epigraphic Culture and Beyond (Archaeopress 2014). Both books came out of a long interest and writing on the epigraphic landscape in antiquity.

The interest in official and non-official cultural practices associated with inscribing messages about life, death and human action in the ancient world resulted in a co-edited book entitled Written Space in the Latin West 200 BC to AD 300 (Bloomsbury Press 2013, reprinted 2015 in paperback); and to a sole-authored encyclopedia entitled Graffiti Through History: From Ancient Wall Carvings to Contemporary Street Art (Greenwood, forthcoming 2015). This latter book reveals the wealth of insights which only graffiti - alone of our historical sources, written or drawn by the full spectrum of human society (men and women; rich and poor; powerful and vulnerable) - can provide; and, in consequence, it will open a window onto ways of looking at our world (past and present, familiar and foreign) from a range of new and exciting perspectives - namely, through the eyes of the children and adults responsible for the graffiti texts and images.

Other research interests and publications revolve around: Gender, Sexuality and Body History; Late Republican and Early Imperial Historiography; Historical Theory; and Transformative Learning Design across Blended, Compressed and Flipped Education Environments.

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Roles

  • Deputy Director (Research), Australasian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies (ACANS); 
  • Convenor, Roman Studies Research Forum (SPQR-MQ); 

External Appointments

  • 2013-2015: Chair, HSC Ancient History Examination Committee
  • 2012-2014: Canadian Research Funding Assessor
  • 2010-2014: HSC Latin Examination Committee
  • 2005-2006: Inaugural Macquarie University Gale Scholar, British School at Rome

Grants

  • 2015-2016: Strategic Priority Grant ("The Macquarie University Research Internship (MURI): a student-led learning and teaching approach to undergraduate research training")
  • 2015-2016: Macquarie University Strategic Priority Grant ("The Macquarie Undergraduate Research Internship (MURI): a student-led approach to undergraduate research training")
  • 2015: Faculty of Arts Teaching Delivery Grant ("Mediating Student Learning: Archaeology and Social Media in the 21st Century. A case study on AHIS170: Egyptian Archaeology - an Introduction")
  • 2014: DVR Discretionary Research Funding ("Australian Carsulae Archaeological Project")
  • 2012: Research Infrastructure Block Grant (RIBG) ("The Macquarie University Archaeological Fieldwork Laboratory")
  • 2011: Macquarie University Unit Core and Mode Plugins Grant ("AHIS339 - Ancient History Capstone: Greece, Rome, Late Antiquity")
  • 2011: Faculty of Arts PACE Unit Development Grant
  • 2011: Faculty of Arts L & T Research Travel Grant (Invited Paper: Adelaide, South Australia)
  • 2011-2012, 2014: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Scheme (Invited Papers: San Antonio, USA; Berlin, Germany; Geneva, Switzerland)
  • 2009-2010: Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Priority Grant ("The Ancient History Virtual Campus")
  • 2009-2011: Macquarie University New Staff Grant ("Graffiti in the Basilica at Pompeii: Representations of Roman Identity and Cultural Practice in Informal Latin Inscriptions")
  • 2006-2009: Faculty of Arts Research Travel Scheme (Invited Papers: Auckland, New Zealand; Hamilton, Canada; Leicester, UK; Dunedin, New Zealand; Michigan, USA)
  • 2005-2008: Macquarie University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship ("Graffiti under the Caesars" Recovering Non-Elite Roman Culture in Latin Texts and Images of Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome")

Awards

  • 2014: Sustainability Representative Network Award of Excellence (Academic)
  • 2012: National Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2010: Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Award
  • 2010: Vice-Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Editorial Responsibilities

  • Co-editor (with Rebecca Benefiel), Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World with Rebecca Benefiel (Brill, 2015)
  • Co-editor (with Ray Laurence and Gareth Evans), Written Space in the Roman West (Bloomsbury, 2013)
  • Latin Editor, Female Biography Project (http://femalebiographyproject.pbworks.com/) (Pickering and Chatto, 2012-2014)
  • Associate Reviews Editor, Ancient History: Resources for Teachers

Publications

Forthcoming

Peter Keegan, Graffiti Through History: From Ancient Wall Carvings to Contemporary Street Art (Greenwood, forthcoming 2016)

Peter Keegan, 'Agrippina to Veturia: Ancient and Modern Companions to Female Biography' in G. L. Walker (ed.), Editing Women's Lives (Chawton House Library Press, forthcoming 2016)

Peter Keegan, 'Traces of the Unfamiliar: Epigraphic evidence for extended families on the margins in Roman Italy' in S. R. Huebner, G. Nathan (ed.), Extended Family in the Ancient World (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016)

Books

Peter Keegan, R. Benefiel (ed.), Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World (Brill, 2016)

Peter Keegan, Graffiti in Antiquity (Routledge, 2014)

Peter Keegan, Roles for Men and Women in Roman Epigraphic Culture and Beyond: Gender, social identity and cultural practice in private Latin inscriptions and the literary record. British Archaeological Report S2626 (Archaeopress, 2014)

Peter Keegan, G. Sears, R. Laurence (ed.), Written Space in the Latin West: 100 BC to AD 300 (Bloomsbury, 2013, reprinted 2015 in paperback)

Book Chapters

Peter Keegan, 'Graffiti as monumenta and verba: marking territories, creating discourse in Roman Pompeii' in P. Keegan, R. Benefiel (ed.), Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World (Brill, 2015)

Peter Keegan, 'Enriching Content with Online Blended Media' in S. Savanah, M. Parsell (eds.), How to Apply Active Learning Techniques. Learning through Meaning (Macquarie 2013) 4-7

Peter Keegan, 'Roman Gaia and the Discourse of Patronage: Retrograde C in CIL VI' in J. Bodel, N. Dimitrova (eds.), Ancient Documents and their Contexts. First North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Brill, 2015) 152-173

Peter Keegan, 'Reconstructing the Epigraphic Culture of Funerary Space in the Roman City' in P. Keegan, G. Sears, R. Laurence,  (ed.), Written Space in the Latin West: 100BC to AD300 (Bloomsbury, 2013) 49-64

Peter Keegan, 'Afterword: Space - the final frontier?' in P. Keegan, G. Sears, R. Laurence (ed.), Written Space in the Latin West: 100BC to AD300 (Bloomsbury, 2013) 247-256

Peter Keegan, 'Reading the "Pages" of the Domus Caesaris: pueri delicati, slave education, and the graffiti of the Palatine paedagogium' in M. George (ed.), Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2012) 69-98

Peter Keegan, 'The Ancient History Virtual Campus: a model for online student induction and support in higher education' in C. M. Klinger and N. Murray (ed.), Proceedings of the 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education (University of South Australia, 2011) 175-189

Peter Keegan, 'Blogging Rome: Graffiti as Speech Act and Cultural Discourse' in J. A. Baird and C. Taylor (ed.), Ancient Graffiti in Context (Routledge, 2010) 165-190

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Research Articles

Peter Keegan, 'Transformative e-Learning and Teaching in Mandatory Tertiary Education', Asian Social Science 7.11 (2011) 66-74

Peter Keegan, Bianca Sanderson, 'Crowning Marsyas: the symbolism involved in the exile of Julia', Studia Humaniora Tartuensia 12.A.2 (2011) available at: http://sht.ut.ee/index.php/sht/article/view/sanderson-keegan1

Peter Keegan, 'Turia, Lepidus, and Rome's Epigraphic Environment' Studia Humaniora Tartuensia 9 (2008) (pdf)

Peter Keegan, 'Quando Stercus Delatum Est: What was removed from the Aedes Vestae?' New England Classical Journal 35.2 (March 2008) 91-97

Peter Keegan, 'Writing and Drawing on the Walls of Pompeii: How the study of graffiti relates to the HSC Ancient History Core Syllabus for 2006', Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 35.1 (2006) 37-64

Peter Keegan, 'Boudica, Cartimandua, Messalina and Agrippina the Younger. Independent Women of Power and the Gendered Rhetoric of Roman History', Ancient History: Resources for Teachers 34.2 (2005) 99-148

Book Reviews

  • Emily Hemelrijk, Greg Woolf (eds.), Women and the Roman City in the Latin West (Mnemosyne Supplements 30; Brill, Leiden 2013) (Journal of Roman Archaeology 28, 2015, pp.712-716)
  • Kristina Milnor, Graffiti and the Literary Landscape in Roman Pompeii (Oxford University Press 2014) (Journal of Roman Archaeology 28, 2015, pp.630-631)
  • Josiah Osgood: Turia. A Roman Woman's Civil War (sehepunkte 15.7/8 [15.07.2015]). URL: http://www.sehepunkte.de/2015/07/25921.html
  • Richard Alston, Aspects of Roman History, 31 BC-AD 117. Second edition (revised edition of 'Aspects of Roman History, AD 14-117', published 1998) (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.59)
  • Victoria Emma Pagán, A Companion to Tacitus. Blackwell companions to the ancient world (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.02.31)
  • Jeffrey A. Becker, Nicola Terrenato, Roman Republican Villas. Architecture, Context, and Ideology (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2013.02.30)
  • Jenifer Neils, Women in the Ancient World (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.07.22)
  • Barbara Levick, Augustus. Image and Substance (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.05.30)
  • Guy De la Bédoyère, Cities of Roman Italy: Pompeii, Herculaneum and Ostia (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2011.03.68)
  • Andrew Feldherr, The Cambridge Companion to the Roman Historians (Classical Review 61.1 [2010]: 115-118)
  • Jacqueline M. Carlon, Pliny's Women (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2010.02.59)
  • Mario Erasmo, Reading Death in Ancient Rome (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.09.23)
  • Valerie M. Warrior, Livy. The History of Rome, Books 1-5 (Classical Bulletin 83.2 [2007]: 314-316)
  • Kinuko Hasegawa. The Familia Urbana during the Early Empire. A Study of Columbaria Inscriptions (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.05.37)
  • Richard J. King. Desiring Rome. Male Subjectivity and Reading Ovid's Fasti (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2007.02.38)
  • James H. S. McGregor, Rome from the Ground Up (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.05.28)
  • Mary Beard and Keith Hopkins, The Colosseum (Classical Bulletin 82.1 [2006]: 151-153)
  • Timothy P. Wiseman, The Myths of Rome (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.09.02)
  • Brian K. Harvey, Roman Lives: Ancient Roman Life as Illustrated by Latin Inscriptions (Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.07.07)

Encyclopaedia Entries

  • 'Claudia Rufina', 'Eponina', 'Eusebia', 'Fannia', 'Helena Flavia', 'Helpes', 'Hersilia', 'Hortensia', 'Octavia wife to Antony', 'Paulina', 'Perilla', 'Porcia', 'Proba', 'Sophronia', 'Sulpicia', 'Valeria', 'Veturia' in Mary Hays, Female Biography; or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women, of All Ages and Countries (1803). Chawton House Library Series: Women's Memoirs, ed. Gina Luria Walker, Memoirs of Women Writers Part II (Pickering & Chatto: London, 2014) Vol. XI.
  • 'Agrippina', 'Antonia', Argentaria, Polla', 'Berenice' in Mary Hays, Female Biography; or, Memoirs of Illustrious and Celebrated Women, of All Ages and Countries (1803). Chawton House Library Series: Women's Memoirs, ed. Gina Luria Walker, Memoirs of Women Writers Part II (Pickering & Chatto: London, 2013) Vol. X.
  • 'Women, Roman' in Encyclopaedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

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Papers at research conferences and education seminars (selection only)

  • 'saepe ego cu[m] media uigilare[m] perdita nocte: gender identity, sexual preference and status designation in the non-official inscriptions of Roman Pompeii', Table ronde: Graffiti et inscriptions pariétales en context (Fondation Hardt, Geneva, May 2014)
  • 'Graffiti and Dipinti as monumenta and verba: marking territories, creating discourse in Roman Pompeii', 14th International Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (Berlin 2012)
  • 'Tacitus' Annals: Early Imperial Rome through the Looking-Glass of Post-Domitianic Historiography', Macquarie Ancient History Teachers Conference, Macquarie University (March 2012)
  • 'The Ancient History virtual campus: a model for online student induction and support in higher education', 1st International Australasian Conference on Enabling Access to Higher Education (University of South Australia, 2011)
  • 'The Problems of Archaeology on an Ancient Site', HTANSW/Macquarie History Extension for Teachers and Students (December 2011)
  • 'Transformative e-Learning and Teaching in Mandatory Tertiary Education', Macquarie University Learning and Teaching Week (September 2011)
  • 'The Julio-Claudians and the Roman Empire AD14-68', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Macquarie University (September 2011)
  • 'Fall of the House of the Gladiators (and other losses at Pompeii)', Macquarie Ancient History Teachers Conference, Macquarie University (April 2011)
  • 'Roman Gaia and the Discourse of Patronage: Retrograde C in CIL VI', 1st North American Congress of the Association of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, San Antonio TX (January 2011) 
  • 'Catapults to Waterpipes: Archaeology in Ancient Pompeii', History Teachers' Association HSC Study Day, University of Sydney (June 2010)
  • 'Meeting the Challenge of the Australian National Curriculum', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Macquarie University (May 2010)
  • 'Reconstructing the epigraphic culture of funerary space in the Roman city', 8th Roman Archaeology Conference, University of Michigan (April 2009)
  • 'Politics and Culture in the Vesuvian Cities', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day (September 2009-2010)
  • 'Iudiciis Augusti Augustae felic(iter): Neronian factions and Augustan fictions in Pompeii', From Nero to Hadrian Symposium, University of Otago (Dunedin) (June 2009)
  • 'Texting Rome: graffiti as speech-act and cultural discourse', Ancient Graffiti in Context Research Workshop, Leicester University (November 2008)
  • 'Ancient History from Inscriptions', Pre-Honours Seminar, University of New South Wales (October 2008-2010)
  • ' "Behind every great man ...": the life and times of Agrippina II', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Macquarie University (September 2008)
  • 'Sources for Understanding Roman Pompeii', History Teachers' Association HSC Study Day, University of Sydney (June 2008-2009)
  • 'Social Literacy in Venus' city: Viewing Pompeian Inscriptions in Context', Macquarie University History Teachers' Conference (April 2008)
  • 'Reading the "Pages" of the Domus Caesaris: pueri delicati, slave education, and the graffiti of the Palatine paedagogium', 6th E. Togo Salmon Conference on Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture, McMaster University (October 2007)
  • 'Graffiti under the Caesars: reading inscribed cursive (con)texts on the Palatine and elsewhere', Research Seminars at the Universities of Christchurch and Otago (Dunedin) (September 2007)
  • 'Just scratching the surface: an introduction to Latin graffiti (and other vulgar discourse) at Pompeii and Herculaneum', Macquarie Ancient History Association HSC Study Day, Price Theatre (September 2006-2008)
  • 'Graffiti as speech-act and cultural discourse', Orality and Literacy VII: orality - literacy - memory (conference), University of Auckland (July 2006)
  • 'Texting Rome: graffiti at Pompeii', Transform: History Week (seminar), Museum of Ancient Cultures (September 2005)

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Research Supervisions and Completions

Current Supervision
Master of Research

  • Melinda Ryan, "Through the Eyes of Pliny the Elder: Representations of Roman Women as Healers and Patients" (Primary Supervisor, 2016)

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Ian Betts, "Quaestiones Perpetuae: the transition from ad hoc tribunals to standing courts in the second century BC" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • Timothy Blizzard, "From the Samnites to Caesar: Reform of the Roman Army 295 BCE - 48 BCE" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • Emlyn Dodd, "Wine Production and Trade in Rough Cilicia: an archaeological study of Antiocheia ad Cragum and associated sites of Mediterranean viniculture" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • Graham Fitzpatrick, "Ethical Principles in the Roman Republic" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • James Gersbach, "The Battle Cry in Antiquity" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • Daryn Graham, "Roman Responses to Natural Disasters from Augustus to Domitian" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • Christopher Haddad, "The name of the father (and of the son): filiation expressions and the language of official Roman letters inscribed in Greek" (Associate Supervisor, 2015)
  • Timothy Jones, "The Succession Question in the Principates of Augustus and Tiberius" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • Nicole Miles, "Slaves to God's Collegia: The Development of Roman Sacral Manumission" (Associate Supervisor, 2015)

Past Supervision (Completions)
Honours

  • Michael Bolton, "Subsisting at the Enemy's Expense. A Study of Roman Army Resupply in Enemy Territory" (2012)
  • Catherine Chong, "How Rome Fell Apart. The Impact of Malaria, Leprosy and Smallpox in Italy during the Roman Empire" (2012)
  • Nikki Cummins, "Homorerotica. An examination of female homoerotic relations within Greece between the archaic and Hellenistic period"
  • Paige Davis, "Attitudes to the New Consuls of the Middle Republic" (2015)
  • Andrew Hammond, "Vulcan: a refined perspective" (2013)
  • Celia Johnstone, "Food and Feasting in Petronius' Work and his World: How feasting in Rome in the 1st century AD both transgressed and reinforced social differences" (2009)
  • Lola March, "The Economic, Social and Political Impact of Hadrian's Building Programme on the City of Rome" (2010)
  • Suzanne Milthorpe, "V for Veneficium: Gender, Veneficium and Tyranny in Tacitus' Annales" (2010)
  • Karen Mee Petersen, "Hieronymus and Syracuse during the Second Punic War: A Livian portrayal of Roman and Carthaginian foreign policy in Sicily in 215-212 BC" (2009)
  • Hannah Reid, "The therapeutic properties of wine in antiquity" (2014)
  • Bianca Sanderson, "The Changing Influence of Roman Women" (2009)
  • Lance Shortus, "Seduction or Compulsion. An Analysis of the Allies of Both Rome and Hannibal in Italy during the Second Punic War" (2012)
  • Matilda Stevens, "Cultural Competition: a Darwinian view of cultural evolution as it applies to the early development and interaction between Rome and Etruria" (2014)

Master of Arts (Postgraduate Research Project)

  • Robert Brown, "Roman fresco fragments from the Museum of Ancient Cultures (Macquarie)" (Primary Supervisor, 2013)
  • Tara Calaby, "Vice and Virtue: Representing the Women of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty" (Primary Supervisor, 2009)
  • Morel Da Ros, "A Critical Analysis of Mary Hays' 'Agrippina'" (Associate Supervisor, 2013)
  • James Graham, "Roman Culture in Archaeology from the Iron Age to Mid-1st Century BCE" (Primary Supervisor, 2012)
  • Adam Jetson, "The Sertorian Tradition" (Primary Supervisor, 2014)
  • Melissa Mance, "Roman Tintinnabula: The Collection of the British Museum"
  • Lola March, "Hadrian's History: Reputation and Rehabilitation" (Primary Supervisor, 2012)
  • Belinda Pesa, "Magic and the World of Apuleius" (Primary Supervisor, 2010)

Master of Philosophy

  • John Gregory Deane, "The bigatus denarius and the commercialisation of the Roman economy, to the time of Social War" (Primary Supervisor, 2007)

Master of Research

  • Timothy Blizzard, "The development of doctrine; tactical reform of the Roman Army during the Second Punic War and its application in the Second and Third Macedonian Wars" (Primary Supervisor, 2014)
  • Rodney Cross, "This blows: social and cultural perceptions of ancient Roman brass instruments and musicians" (Primary Supervisor, 2014)
  • Peter Dean, "Gender roles in the administration of pharmaceuticals and poisons in the Roman Empire" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)
  • Holly Edwards, "Art, Identity, and the Home in the Roman World" (Primary Supervisor, 2015)

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Bradley Bitner, "Paul's Political Strategy in 1 Corinthians 1-4: constitution and covenant" (Associate Supervisor, 2013)
  • Miriam Gillett, "Inventing Identities: Graeco-Roman constructions of the Etruscans" (Associate Supervisor, 2014)
  • Julien Ogereau, "Paul's koinonia with the Ephesians: a socio-historical investigation of a Pauline economic partnership" (Associate Supervisor, 2013)
  • Ellen Westacott, "Memoriae Sacrum: commemorative practice on the sacred island" (Associate Supervisor, 2012)
  • Bianca Sanderson, "The Old Female Power: how women shaped the history of Rome" (Primary Supervisor, 2016)

 

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