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Mr Jonathan Quiery

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Academic Background

MA in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, Brandeis University, 2016 (Highest Honors)

BA in History and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, College of Wooster, 2010 (Honors)

Research Topic

A Cultural History of Roman Military Tropaea in the Provinces: Roman and Barbarian Identities


The Roman military trophies – tropaeum (sg.), tropaea (pl.) – represent a unique form of architecture and artwork. The research project investigates the cultural significance of the Roman military tropaea erected in the provinces and along the frontiers during the late Republican period through the second century CE. During the 250-year period of examination, the Roman controlled territories expanded – following the Punic Wars of the third century BCE and prior to the decline of the Roman Empire during the crises of the third century CE. The research project uses a cross-cultural and transdisciplinary approach to explore the Roman practice of erecting tropaea outside the Italic peninsula and the cultural representations embodied in these monuments. The research project utilizes the available archaeological and literary evidence associated with Roman tropaea to investigate the circumstances under which military trophies were constructed, as well as the history of the relationship between the Roman and native people, ethnogenesis, and cultural assimilation. The premise of the research project contends that the Romans constructed provincial tropaea under certain conditions and these monuments connote more than simply military strength; they also address Roman identity and cultural elements of their interaction with the native people in conquered territories along the frontier.

Grants and Scholarships

2016 – 2017: Ustinov College Global Citizenship Programme Scholarship

2016 – 2017: Hodgson Binns Scholarship

2016: Robert and Cynthia Lepofsky Fellowship

2015: Brandeis Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Summer Fellowship

2014: Brandeis Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Summer Fellowship

2014: Brandeis Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Master’s Research Grant

2006 – 2010: College of Wooster Dean’s Scholarship

Conference Contributions

2017: A Cultural History of the Tropaeum Traiani in Moesia Inferior
 2017 Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference
 Durham University
 Tuesday, 28 – Friday, 31 March 2017

2016: Trajanic Military Propaganda: A Reexamination of the Tropaeum Traiani
 2016 Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Annual Conference
 Brandeis University
 Saturday, 16 April 2016

2014: Epictet and Astion at Halmyris: The Transition from Pagan Sinner to Christian Saints
 2015 Ancient Greek and Roman Studies Annual Conference
 Brandeis University
 April 2014


Conference & Workshop Organization

2017: Beyond the Trench: Advancing Archaeological Pedagogy in a Global World.
 Research Dialogue, Department of Archaeology, Durham University
 Pending: Fall 2017

2017: Global Citizenship, Nationalism, and new Paradigms
 Ustinov Annual Conference, Ustinov College
 Pending: Friday and Saturday, 07 – 08 July 2017

2017: Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference (TRAC)
 Durham University
 Tuesday, 28 – Friday, 31 March 2017


Archaeological Fieldwork

2013 – 2017: Halmyris Archaeological Excavation
 Imperial Fortification on the Limes Moesiae (Roman – Byzantine Periods)
 Field Supervisor

2016: Tel Dor Archaeological Excavation
 Coastal Town (Late Bronze Age – Crusader Period)
 Field Recorder

2015: Tel Kabri Archaeological Excavation
 Canaanite Palace (Middle Bronze Age)

Research Groups

Department of Archaeology

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