Have a Question? Contact the Humanities Office or an Academic Unit

Michele George, Ph.D. (McMaster)

Professor
Email: georgem@mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 x23452
Office: Togo Salmon Hall 708

Dr. George’s research areas include domestic architecture in Italy and the Roman west and Roman social history, especially the Roman family. Her research has focused on domestic space in Roman houses, interior decoration at Pompeii, and Roman slavery and material culture. She is currently co-investigator on a SSHRC grant into vitamin D deficiency in the Roman empire, with Professors Megan Brickley (lead investigator) and Tracey Prowse of the Department of Anthropology.

Dr. George is interested in supervising theses in Roman archaeology, Pompeii, Roman slavery and family studies.

Selected Publications:

Monographs

The Roman Domestic Architecture of Northern Italy (BAR international series no. 670, Oxford 1997)

Books

editor, The Roman Family in the Empire: Rome, Italy and Beyond (Oxford 2005) (Introduction & ch. 2; see below, “Family imagery and family values”)

editor, Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture (Toronto 2012) Introduction & Chapter 6

 Journal Articles

“Slave Disguise at Ancient Rome”, Slavery and Abolition 23.2 (2002) 41-54.

“Family and Familia on Roman Biographical Sarcophagi”, Römische Mitteilungen 107 (2000) 191-207.

“Elements of the peristyle in Campanian Atria”, Journal of Roman Archaeology 11 (1998) 82-100.

“Cupid Punished:  reflections on a Roman genre scene” ch. 6 in M. George, ed. Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture (10,000 words) (Toronto 2012)

“Slavery and Roman Material Culture (the evidence of art and monuments)” in K. Bradley, P. Cartledge, eds., Cambridge World History of Slavery, Volume 1:  The Ancient Mediterranean World (Cambridge 2011) 385-413.

“Archaeology and Roman Slavery: Problems and Potential” in H. Heinen, ed. Antike Sklaverei: Rückblick und Ausblick. Neue Beiträge zur Forschungsgeschichte und zur Erschließung der archäologischen Zeugnisse. (Mainz 2009) 141-160.

“The ‘dark side’ of the toga” in J. Edmondson, A. Keith, eds., Roman Dress and the Fabric of Roman Culture (Toronto, 2007) 94-112.

“Social identity and the dignity of work on freedmen’s reliefs” in Eve ’Ambra and Guy P.R. Métraux, eds., The Art of Citizens, Soldiers, and Freedmen in the Roman World (Oxbow Press 2006)  19-29.

“Family Imagery and Family Values in Roman Italy”, in M. George, ed., Roman Family IV: Italy and Beyond (Oxford 2005)  37-66.

Servus and Domus:  the Slave in the Roman House”, in A. Wallace-Hadrill, R. Laurence, (eds.) Domestic Space in the Roman World, in Journal of Roman Archaeology, supplementary series no.22 (1997) 15-24.

“Repopulating the Roman House”, in B. Rawson, ed. The Roman Family in Italy  – Status, Sentiment, Space (Oxford 1997), 299-319.

 

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

Ph.D., McMaster University, 1993

Archäologisches Institut, Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, Germany, 1988-89

M.A., McMaster University, 1986

B.A. Hons., University of Toronto (Victoria College), 1983 (with distinction)

Areas of Interest

Research: Greek & Roman Domestic Architecture, Roman Sculpture, The Archaeology of Pompeii, Roman Slavery, Roman Family Studies

Teaching: Roman Art & Archaeology, Roman Social History (Slavery & Family Studies)

 

Grants

 

Publications

a) Monographs

The Roman Domestic Architecture of Northern Italy (BAR international series no. 670, Oxford 1997)

b) Books

editor, The Roman Family in the Empire: Rome, Italy and Beyond (Oxford 2005) (Introduction & ch. 2; see below, “Family imagery and family values”)

editor, Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture (Toronto 2012) Introduction & Chapter 6.

c) Journal Articles

“An Educated Lady of Leisure:  A funerary relief in the Villa Albani”, Latomus 74 (2015) 1036-1058.

“Domestic Architecture and Household relations:  Pompeii and Ephesos”, Journal for the study of the New Testament 27.1 (2004) 7-25.

“Slave Disguise at Ancient Rome”, Slavery and Abolition 23.2 (2002) 41-54.

“Family and Familia on Roman Biographical Sarcophagi”, Römische Mitteilungen 107 (2000) 191-207.

“Elements of the peristyle in Campanian Atria”, Journal of Roman Archaeology 11 (1998) 82-100.

d) Chapters in Books

“Cupid Punished:  reflections on a Roman genre scene” ch. 6 in M. George, ed. Roman Slavery and Roman Material Culture (Toronto 2012)

“Slavery and Roman Material Culture (the evidence of art and monuments)” in K. Bradley, P. Cartledge, eds., Cambridge World History of Slavery, Volume 1:  The Ancient Mediterranean World (Cambridge 2011) 385-413.

“Archaeology and Roman Slavery: Problems and Potential” in H. Heinen, ed. Antike Sklaverei: Rückblick und Ausblick. Neue Beiträge zur Forschungsgeschichte und zur Erschließung der archäologischen Zeugnisse. (Mainz 2009) 141-160.

“The ‘dark side’ of the toga” in J. Edmondson, A. Keith, eds., Roman Dress and the Fabric of Roman Culture (Toronto, 2007) 94-112.

“The Lives of Slaves,” in J. Dobbins, P. Foss (eds.) The World of Pompeii (Routledge 2007) 538-549.

“Social identity and the dignity of work on freedmen’s reliefs” in Eve ’Ambra and Guy P.R. Métraux, eds., The Art of Citizens, Soldiers, and Freedmen in the Roman World (Oxbow Press 2006)  19-29.

“Family Imagery and Family Values in Roman Italy”, in M. George, ed., Roman Family IV: Italy and Beyond (Oxford 2005)  37-66.

“Images of Black Slaves in the Roman Empire” in I. Holmberg, L. Bowman ed., Frogs around the Pond, Syllecta Classica 14 (2003) 161-185.

“Toward a social reading of the north Italian domus”, in M. Heinzelmann, J.Ortalli eds., Abitare in città.  La cisalpina tra impero e medioevo, Palilia 12 (2002)  187-195.

“A Funerary Monument of a Mother and Daughter”, in Childhood, Class, and Kin in the Roman World ed. S. Dixon (Routledge 2001) 178-189.

Servus and Domus:  the Slave in the Roman House”, in A. Wallace-Hadrill, R. Laurence, (eds.) Domestic Space in the Roman World, in Journal of Roman Archaeology, supplementary series no.22 (1997) 15-24.

“Repopulating the Roman House”, in B. Rawson, ed. The Roman Family in Italy  – Status, Sentiment, Space (Oxford 1997), 299-319.

e) Other

“The Roman Family”, entry in Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, M. Gagarin, E. Fantham, eds. (New York 2010) vol. 3, 163-68.

Book Reviews

Laes, K. Mustakallio, The Dark Side of Childhood in Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages (Oxbow 2011) in Ancient West and East (forthcoming).

Hoffmann, A. Farber, Die Casa del Fauno in Pompeji (VI 12). Vol. 1, Bauhistorische Analyse and die stratigraphischen Befunde und Funde der Ausgrabungen in den Jahren 1961 bis 1983 (Archäologische Forschungen 25). (Wiesbaden 2009) in American Journal of Archaeology vol. 115 (2011) no. 1/17  (online only). http://www.ajaonline.org/pdfs/book_reviews/115.1/17_George.pdf

Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, Children in the Visual Arts of Imperial Rome (Cambridge 2005) in Phoenix 61 n. 1-2 (2007) 189-191.

Hackworth Petersen, The Freedman in Roman Art and Art History (Cambridge 2006) in Journal of Roman Studies 97 (2007) 82-3.

Luisa Mazzeo Saracino, Il complesso edilizio di età romana nell’area dell’ex Vescovado a Rimini (Università di Bologna – All’Insegna del Giglio 2005) in Journal of Roman Archaeology 20 (2007) 517-18.

Herrmann-Otto (ed.) Unfreie Arbeits- und Lebensverhältnisse von der Antike bis in die Gegenwart. Eine Einführung. (Sklaverei, Knechtschaft, Zwangsarbeit 1.) (Hildesheim 2005) in Classical Review 56 (2006) 390-91.

Gaggadis-Robin, Les sarcophages païens du musée de l’Arles antique (Éditions du musée de l’Arles et de la Provence antiques 2005) in Mouseion 49 (2005) 358-360.

Cahill, Household and City Organization at Olynthus (New Haven 2002) in Phoenix 58 n. 1-2 (2004) 178-81.

Hales, The Roman House and Social Identity (Cambridge 2003) in Mouseion 47 ser. 3.3 (2003) 215-218.

Schumacher, Sklaverei in der Antike:  Alltag und Schicksal der Unfreien (Munich 2001) in Classical Review 53 (2003) 170-171.

Balmelle, Les Demeures Aristocratiques d’Acquitaine (Bordeaux 2001) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2002.10.36

J.T. Smith, Roman Villas (London 1998) in Mouseion 46 ser. 3, 2 (2002) 278-280.

Mark Grahame, Reading space:  social interaction and identity in the houses of Roman Pompeii (Oxford 2000) in Journal of Roman Studies 92 (2002) 238–239.

Wilson Jones, Principles of Roman Architecture (New Haven 2000) in Phoenix 45 n. 1-2 (2002) 207-208.

Zanker, Pompeii (Cambridge, Mass, 1998) in Phoenix 44 (2000), 1-2, 181-182.

I.M. Barton, ed. Roman Domestic Buildings (Exeter 1996) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 97.4.6 (1997)

A Desbat, O. Leblanc, J.-L. Prisset, H. Savay-Guerraz, D. Tavernier La maison des dieux océan à Saint-Romain-en-Gal (Rhone) (55e Supplément à Gallia) CNRS Éditions (Paris 1994) in Journal of Roman Archaeology 9 (1996)  502-504.

Laurence, Roman Pompeii:  Space and Society (London 1994) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6.7 (1995) 629-634.

La casa hispanorromana (Zaragoza 1991) – Journal of Roman Archaeology, (8) 1995, 461-464

Biers, Art, Artefacts and Chronology (London 1992) in Echos du monde classique/Classical Views  37 N.S.12, 1993, no.2, 367-369.