Seth Bernard is new to the faculty in 2012 and holds a B.A. summa cum laude in Classics from Amherst College (2003) and a Ph.D. in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania (2012). His research focuses on the social and economic history of the ancient world, particularly of Republican Rome. He has also participated in archaeological projects around the Mediterranean and is interested in those ways in which material culture can contribute to our understanding of non-elite forms of Roman history. His current book project, entitled Building Republican Rome, attempts to understand how Romans organized and paid for the major physical expansion of their city from about 400 - 150 B.C., and how this building process contributed to broader socioeconomic change and urban history at that time. His articles on more or less related themes have appeared or are appearing in the Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, the Journal of Roman Archaeology, the Papers of the British School at Rome, and Mnemosyne.
At Swarthmore, his teaching broadly reflects these interests, and he will offer courses in original language and in translation on topics related to Greek and Roman ancient history and ancient material culture.
As well as being an alumnus of the Centro, he spent a year as a Regular Member of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and another as a Rome Prize Fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He is a firm believer in the benefit of studying the culture of the ancient Mediterranean in the ancient Mediterranean, and he is happy to talk with students about Junior Year study abroad options in Rome or Athens or about the possibility of summer excavation work in the Mediterranean.