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Jordan Rogers

I received both my BA and MA in Classics from Indiana University before joining the Ancient History graduate group in the fall of 2015. I have also participated in excavations in Romania and Italy, spending two years working as a team member with the Cosa excavations, which concentrate on the imperial bath complex of the colony. Some of my other research interests include Latin Historiography, Roman Republican history and topography, and Roman economic history.

As a social and cultural historian, my research, broadly speaking, has focused on both ruling ideologies and popular receptions, particularly as they relate to the definition, control, and production of space. It was during my time in Rome with the American Academy Summer Program in 2017, while living in the Monteverde neighborhood, that I fortuitously stumbled upon the intellectual seeds of my dissertation project. That project revolves around elucidating ideals and representations of neighborliness in the Roman Republic, with a view towards revealing the mechanisms, expectations, and consequences of living in a ‘neighborhood’ in the city of Rome during a period of drastic growth. My dissertation, titled “Vicinitas in Urbe: Neighborliness and Urban Community in Republican Rome,” therefore engages with a broad array of literary, archaeological, art historical, and numismatic evidence to better understand the symbolic meanings of neighborhoods, as well as what it meant to be a neighbor in Rome in the period from the end of the 4th century BCE down to the beginning of the 1st century BCE. Given these interests, my dissertation advocates for a methodological intervention into how we approach questions of urban space, identity, and history by drawing from theoretical and methodological advances in urban studies, sociology, and folklore.

More generally, I am interested in the phenomenon of ancient urbanism, including its ideological and economic ramifications. The municipalization of Italy after the Social War, the small-scale urbanism of the Italian peninsula, and the development of material networks for the construction of civic spaces and buildings are all issues that I have touched upon, in one way or another, in my research.

My most recent project—a collaborative endeavor with my colleague at NYU, Del Maticic—combines some of these interests in exploring how Romans conceptualized their labor in the first centuries BCE and CE. Problems of subjectivity, both individual and institutional, as well as the growing identification with and definition of the ‘job’ in the ancient world motivate this project, to say nothing of the shifting perceptions of the ownership of labor and its products. A series of digital workshops in AY 2020-21 featuring prominent voices on this subject will culminate in a conference the following year (2021-2) at NYU.