Rachel Meyers

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

Contact

Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Email:rlmeyers@iastate.edu
Office:2236 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA
50011-2103
Phone:515-294-9017
Website:https://works.bepress.com/rachel_meyers/
Vita:https://iastate.box.com/s/hx0jdqwv2ni2zs01i08scam88f78lp8e

Area of expertise: Roman Art and Architecture, Roman Social History, Sex and Gender in the Ancient World

Topics of interest: Greek Mythology, Roman Archaeology, Sex and Gender in the Ancient World, Study Abroad in Rome

Bio

Rachel Meyers (Ph.D, Duke University) is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies in the Department of World Languages and Cultures. Dr. Meyers teaches a variety of courses in the Classical Studies Program, including Roman Archaeology; Sex, Gender, and Culture in the Ancient Mediterranean; and Greek and Roman Mythology. She co-directs Roman Italy, a summer study abroad program that centers on the art, culture, and history of ancient Rome and Italy. Meyers is also an affiliate faculty member in the program Women’s and Gender Studies.

Meyers has diverse research interests in the material culture and social history of the ancient Roman world. Her scholarship is centered broadly on Roman art, architecture, and social history and, more specifically, on women in the Roman world and imperial representation and propaganda. In addition, Meyers explores the processes, functions, and values of the practice of benefaction (philanthropic activity including endowments, bequests, financing construction and public works, entertainment, or other goods). Her research encompasses a large body of evidence, including marble portraits and portrait statues, coinage, architectural monuments, written documents, and inscriptions. She is currently working on projects that document and examine benefactions by women across the Roman world and sculptural displays of the imperial family in Roman Hispania.

Grants and Awards


  • Center for the Excellence in Arts and Humanities at Iowa State University Research Grant, 2019


  • Liberal Arts & Sciences Shakeshaft Master Teacher Award, 2016


  • James Huntington Ellis Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Introductory Teaching, 2016



Recent / Major Publications


  • "The Economic and Cognitive Impacts of Personal Benefaction in Hispania Tarraconensis.” In The Extramercantile Economies of Greek and Roman Cities: New Perspectives on the Economic History of Classical Antiquity, edited by John Fitzgerald et al. Routledge Monographs in Classical Studies. New York: Routledge Press, 2019.


  • “On her Own: Practices of Female Benefaction in the Western Roman Empire.” Ancient Society 49 (2019): 327–350.


  • “A New Analysis of Antonine Statuary Groups in Roman Spain.” American Journal of Archaeology 123.1 (2019) 127–155.


  • “A New Examination of the Arch of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus at Oea.” Journal of Ancient History 5.1 (2017): 1–41.