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Rebecca R. Benefiel

Associate Professor of Classics

Rebecca R. Benefiel

313 Baker Hall
540.458.8082
benefielr@wlu.edu

Education

Ph.D., Harvard University, 2005
B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1997
Graduate study, L'Università di Roma 'La Sapienza', 1997-1998

Research

Latin and Greek Literature, Roman Social and Cultural History, Roman Archaeology, Latin Epigraphy, Pompeii

Collaborative Research Projects:

EAGLE, The Electronic Archive of Greek and Latin Epigraphy

The Herculaneum Graffiti Project

The Oplontis Project

Teaching

Advanced Latin Literature courses, including:
    The Letters of Cicero and Pliny the Younger
    Suetonius
    Tacitus
    Ovid's Heroides
    The Representation of Rome in Latin Poetry
    Latin Epigraphy
Intermediate and Beginning Latin courses

Classics courses, including:
CLAS 238 - Pompeii
CLAS 288 - Study Abroad: The Archaeology of the Roman Empire

Selected Publications

"Magic Squares, Alphabet Jumbles, Riddles and more: The culture of word-games among the graffiti of Pompeii," in: (eds.) J. Kwapisz, D. Petrain, and M. Szymanski, The Muse at Play. Riddles and Wordplay in Greek and Latin Poetry, Munich: De Gruyter (2012), 65-80.

"Grafitos en lugares domésticos en la antigua Pompeya," in: La Memoria en la Piedra. Estudios sobre Grafitos Históricos, (ed.) Pablo Ozcariz Gil, Gobierno de Navarra: Príncipe de Viana (2012), 221-230.

"Dialogues of Graffiti in the House of the Four Styles at Pompeii (Casa dei Quattro Stili, I.8.17, 11)," in: Ancient Graffiti in Context, (eds.) J. A. Baird and Claire Taylor, London: Routledge (2011), 20-48.

"Dialogues of Ancient Graffiti in the House of Maius Castricius at Pompeii," American Journal of Archaeology 114.1 (2010), 59-101.

"Rome in Pompeii: Wall Inscriptions and GIS," in: Latin on Stone. Epigraphic Research and Computing, (ed.) F. Feraudi-Gruénais, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield (2010), 45-75.

"Amianth, a Ball-Game, and Making One's Mark," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 167 (2008), 193-200.

"Pompeii, Puteoli, and the status of a colonia in the mid-first century AD," in: Pompei, Capri e la Penisola Sorrentina, (ed.) F. Senatore, Roma: Bardi Editori, (2004), 349-368.

"Teaching by Example: Aetiology in Plutarch's De Mulierum Virtutibus," Ploutarchos n.s. 1 (2003/2004), 11-20.

"A New Praetorian Laterculus from Rome," Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 134 (2001), 221-232.

Forthcoming:
   "The Graffiti," in: Zeugma 2000: Rescue Excavations, (ed.) W. Aylward, Los Altos, CA: Packard Humanities Institute.
   "The Scope and Typology of Graffiti at Oplontis," in: Villa A ("of Poppaea") at Oplontis, (eds.) J. Clarke, S. De Caro, and M. Thomas, vol. II, American Council of Learned Societies.
 

Current Projects:
The Presence of Writing in Elite Pompeian Residences. Graffiti and Space in Ancient Pompeii

Co-editing the volume: Inscriptions in the Private Sphere in the Greco-Roman World, Brill (forthcoming).

Honors and Awards

State of Virginia (SCHEV) Outstanding Faculty Award, 2011

Library of Congress Kluge Fellowship, 2011-2012
Archaeological Institute of America Olivia James Traveling Fellowship, 2008-2009   
American Philosophical Society Franklin Research Grant, Summer 2007
Mednick Fellowship, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, Summer 2006   
Whiting Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2004-2005   
Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome, 2002-2003

In the news . . .

Work featured in Smithsonian Magazine:
  http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history-archaeology/Reading-the-Writing-on-Pompeiis-Walls.html

In ScienceNews:
  http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/54963/title/Graffiti_on_the_walls_in_Pompeii

In National Geographic:
  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130129-roman-italy-graffiti-colosseum-archeology-photo/
(and in National Geographic, Italian version)
  http://www.nationalgeographic.it/popoli-culture/2013/01/30/news/cosa_significano_gli_antichi_graffiti_scoperti_al_colosseo_-1486336/

 On NPR (Virginia Insight):
 http://www.jmu.edu/wmra/pgm/insight/111609.mp3

In USA Today:
 http://www.usatoday.com/tech/science/discoveries/2009-07-15-pompeii_N.htm