Jeffrey A. Stevens

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Associate Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
E126 Locust Street
Research Area
Ancient History (Rome, Greece, and Egypt), Late Antiquity, Classical Archaeology and Material Culture Studies

PhD, University of California - LosAngeles, 2014
MA, University of California - LosAngeles, 2009
MA, University of Oregon, 2007


Since 2008, I have served as the Assistant Field Director and Numismatist for the San Martino Archaeological Field School in Torano di Borgorose, Italy.  This is an ongoing excavation of a Roman villa in central Italy.  Undergraduate students attending this program are provided with hands-on training in archaeological field and laboratory work, including remote sensing in archaeology, on-site surveying, excavation techniques, field documentation, and artifact identification and processing.  Excavated materials are currently on display at the Museo Archeologico Cicolano (MAC) in Corvaro di Borgorose, Italy.


Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of History, University of Missouri, 2022-present
Chair: Fordyce Mitchel Lecture Series Committee, University of Missouri, 2017-present
President, Archaeological Institute of America - Central Missouri Society, 2018-2021                                       Vice-Chair: Ad Hoc Committee on Mentoring, Association of Ancient Historians, 2017-2021
Committee Representative: Ancient Studies Program, University of Missouri, 2015-2018

Historical Consultant: “Roman Empire: Reign of Blood” (Season One), 2016-17 NETFLIX
Served as a historical consultant and appeared on camera in multiple episodes for the docudrama series on the reign of the Emperor Commodus.

2008 - 2013
Historical Consultant: “Spartacus: Blood and Sand” (Season One), 2008-10 STARZ
   “Spartacus: Gods of the Arena” (Prequel), 2010 STARZ
   “Spartacus: Vengeance” (Season Two), 2010-12 STARZ
   “Spartacus: War of the Damned” (Season Three), 2012-13 STARZ

Served in a consultation capacity to provide staff writers and executives with information on the ancient Roman world to include in the fictional television series of Spartacus.

Research Interests

Roman Archaeology, Numismatics, Ancient Slavery, Ancient Sport


Courses Taught

“The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic” [HIST 4520 + 4520 HONORS + 7520]

“The Roman Empire” [HIST 4530 + 4530 HONORS + 7530]

“The Later Roman Empire” [HIST 4540 + 4540 HONORS + 7540]

"The Greek World" [HIST 3510]

"The Hellenistic World" [HIST 3530]

“The Roman World” [HIST 3520]

"Ancient Egypt" [HIST 3505]

"Ptolemaic Egypt: From Alexander to Cleopatra" [HIST 3515]

“Introduction to the Ancient World” [HIST 1520]

“Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World” [HIST 2510]

“Topics: Slavery in the Ancient World” [HIST 2004]

"Sophomore Seminar: Topics" [HIST 2950]

Recent Publications

Articles/Book Chapters:

2022   “Changing Trade Routes in Late Antique and Early Medieval Cicolano:  Evidence of Adriatic and Other Imports at the San Martino site (Torano di Borgorose, Rieti, Italy)” in TRADE: Transformations of Adriatic Europe, 2nd-9th c. (Archaeopress 2022), pp. 394-400.  Co-authored with Elizabeth Colantoni, Gabriele Colantoni, Maria Rosa Lucidi, and Francesco Tommasi.   (ISBN 978-953-6064-23-6)

2021   “L’insediamento rustico d’età romana e tardo-antica a San Martino di Torano (Borgorose, Rieti): le campgangne di scavo 2016-2017” in Il Fucino e le aree limitrofe nell’antichità, (Atti del V Convegno di Archaeologia [Castello Orsini – Avezzano] 2021), pp. 423-433.  Co-authored with E. Colantoni, G. Colantoni, M.R. Lucidi, and F. Tommasi.   (ISBN 979-12-210-1321-4)

2017  “L’insediamento rustico d’età romana e tardo-antica a San Martino di Torano (Borgorose, Rieti): lo stato delle ricerche” Atti del Convegno in Lazio e Sabina 11, 2017, pp. 239-242.  Co-authored with E. Colantoni, G. Colantoni, M.R. Lucidi, and F. Tommasi.    (ISBN  978-88-7140-733-3)

2015  “La ceramica dai contesti tardo antichi di San Martino di Torano (Borgorose RI)” in Le forme della crisi. Produzioni ceramiche e commerce nell’Italia centrale tra Romani e Longobardi (III-VIII sec. d.C.), Atti del Convegno (Spoleto-Campello sul Clitunno), edited by Enrico Cirelli, Francesca Diosono and Helen Patterson, Ante Quem, Bologna, 2015, pp. 493-498.  Co-authored with E. Colantoni, G. Colantoni, M.R. Lucidi, and                                      F. Tommasi.    (ISBN 978-88-7849-9)

Book Reviews:

2018   Oxford University Press textbook review (back cover excerpt) of Mathisen, R., Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: From Prehistory to 640 CE, 3rd ed. (Oxford, 2021).  (ISBN  978-0-19-008094-5)

2017  Review of Hubbard, B., Gladiator: Fighting for Life, Glory and Freedom (London, Amber Books Ltd., 2015) in Res Militares Volume 17, Issue 1, May 2017, pp. 13-14.  (ISSN 1533-4708)


2021 MU Provost's Award for Outstanding Junior Faculty