SDEP Visiting fellows

Cameron Hawkins

Assistant Professor University of Chicago

21st April - 28 May 2014

Cam Hawkins specializes in the social and economic history of the Roman world, with a particular interest in the urban economy and the organisation of craftsmen workshops. He has a forthcoming book on Work in the City: Roman Artisans and the Urban Economy that explores the nature of the urban economy in which artisans in the Roman world sought to earn a living and the strategies they adopted in order to stay in business. His research is broadly comparative and interdisciplinary, drawing on the economic history of medieval and early modern Europe, economic anthropology and transaction cost theory.

Paula Tomasi

PhD University of Pavia, AIEGL Géza Alföldy Stipend

16th April - 15 June 2015

Dr. Paola Tomasi is a Latin Epigrapher at Università degli Studi di Pavia. She has been a Visiting Research Student at UCL (2012), Visiting Research Associate at King's College (2013) in London, Visiting Fellow at BBAW -Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum in Berlin (2013) and at the Institute of Classical Studies-School of Advanced Studies, University of London (2014). Her research interests encompass multiple aspects of Roman civilization on which she published various contributions: Baths and water management, Pharmacology, Cosmetics and Drug Lore, Indigenous cults and their Roman interpretatio in the epigraphic habit of Cisalpine Gaul, and Collegia and labour organization.

During the autoptic survey of Laus Pompeia's epigraphic corpus, she rediscovered an unpublished fragment of a tabula patronatus, which she successfully identified as a matching part of AE 1987, 464. Thanks to this discovery, she was awarded the Géza Alföldy-Stipend, funded by AIEGL and she chose the RSRC as host institution for the awarded research period, in order to partake in the multifarious activities undertaken within the framework of the Structural Determinants of Economic Performance in the Roman World’s project.


  • Laus Pompeia, Supplementa Italica, 27, Quasar, Rome 2014
  • Una stele inedita da Alassio, in Ricordo di Delfino Ambaglio, «Biblioteca di Atheanaeum», Como, 2009, pp. 155-163.
  • Aebutia, Asprilla o Attia? Note a CIL, V 7345 e l’evergesia termale in Transpadana, in Il paesaggio e l’esperienza. Scritti di antichità offerti a Pierluigi Tozzi in occasione del suo 75esimo compleanno, a cura di Rita Scuderi e Rodolfo Bargnesi, Pavia University Press, Pavia 2012, pp. 155-168.
  • Mea medicina lenietur: le prescrizioni di un numen fontis in due Tabellae medicinales ticinenses (CIL, V 6414-6415), in Aquae salutiferae. Il termalismo fra antico e contemporaneo. Proceedings of International  Meeting held at  Montegrotto, 6th- 8th  Sept. 2012, Padova 2013, pp. 193-208.
  • Note a CIL, V 5136: indicatori epigrafici ed evidenze archeologiche di una microstoria di integrazione locale ed evergetismo architettonico, in Historikà, 2, 2014, pp. 101-124.
  • Review of Giovanna Cicala, Instrumentum domesticum inscriptum proveniente da Asculum e dal suo territorio, Pisa-Roma, Fabrizio Serra Editore 2010, pp. 437 con figg., in Athenaeum, 102, 1, 2014, pp. 273-276
  • Epigrafia termale cisalpina: regio X, Pavia University Press, Pavia (forthcoming: 2015)
  • Una tabula bronzea inedita da Pizzighettone, in progress. 

Taco Terpstra

Assistant Professor Northwestern University

16th May - 15 July 2016

Taco Terpstra is a socioeconomic historian of ancient Rome. His core research focuses on Roman long-distance trade, specifically on the question of how merchants organized their business to overcome the problems posed by preindustrial conditions. He is the author of Trading Communities in the Roman World: A Micro-Economic and Institutional Perspective (Brill, 2013) as well as a number of articles on Roman trade. His teaching includes courses on Roman economic history and the archaeology of Roman Campania. In 2015-16 he will be a Fellow at Northwestern’s Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, where he will be working on a second book project. He has been awarded a Loeb Classical Library Fellowship for 2016-17.