Seth Bernard

Assistant Professor
PhD (University of Pennsylvania)

Contact Information

Phone:  (416) 978-5477
Room:  LI 122F

 Bio and Research

Seth Bernard is an ancient historian who holds a BA in Classics from Amherst College and a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a Regular Member of the American School for Classical Studies at Athens and a Rome Prize Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. His research focuses broadly on the social and economic history of Rome and Italy, and particularly of the Republican period. His book project will trace the role of the public building industry in the socioeconomic development of Mid-Republican Rome. Other current publication projects include a wide range of topics such as Livy and Republican historiography, Republican monetary history, the archaeology of Republican Rome, and labour history.

Specialization:  Roman History


  • “The dating of the villa: brick stamps and masonry styles in the winery and the residence” in E. Fentress, C. Goodson, M. Maiuro, M. Andrews, and A. Dufton, eds Villa Magna: An Imperial Estate and its Legacies, Excavations 2006-10, Archaeological Monographs of the British School at Rome 22 (2017) 77-79.
  • “Workers in the Roman Imperial Building Industry” in K. Verboven and C. Laes, eds Work, Labour, and Professions in the Roman Roman World, Brill (2016): 62-86.
  • “Food distribution and immigration in imperial Rome” in L. de Ligt and L.E. Tacoma, eds Migration and Mobility in the Early Roman Empire, Brill (2016): 50-71.
  • “Varro and the Development of Roman Topography from Antiquity to the Quattrocento,” MAAR 59/60 (2014/15 [2016]) 161-79.
  • “Rhetorics of Land and Power in the Polla inscription (CIL X 6950)” with C. Damon and C. Grey, Mnemosyne 67 (2014): 953-85.
  • “Isotope analysis of marble from the Stoa of Attalos and the organization of the Hellenistic quarries at Mt. Pentelikon” with S. Pike, in P. Pensabene and E. Gasparini, eds. Proceedings of the 10th Congress of the Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity, May 2012, L’Erma di Bretschneider 2015: 451-60.
  • “Ballast, Mining, and Stone Cargoes in the Lex portorii Asiae,” ZPE 191 (2014): 182-4.
  • “The Transport of Heavy Loads in Antiquity: Lifting, Moving, and Building in Ancient Rome” in C. Marcks-Jacobs, S. Altekamp, P. Seiler, eds. Perspektiven der Spolienforschung: Spoliierung und Transposition. TOPOI Berlin Studies in the Ancient World (2013): 99-122.
  • “Continuing the Debate on Rome’s Earliest Circuit Walls,” PBSR 80 (2012): 1-44.
  • “Pentelic Marble in Architecture at Rome and the Republican Marble Trade,” JRA 23.1 (2010): 35-54.
  • “Alexandrian Tainiai and Land Traffic Patterns: A Note on the Amnesty Decree (P.Teb. I 5) in Light of the Topography,” ZPE 168 (2009): 165-71.