Jeffrey A. Stevens

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Assistant Teaching Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
E126 Locust Street
Research Area
Ancient history, late antiquity, classical archaeology/material culture

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


My current monograph (Servile Tradition and the Myth of Liberty in Ancient Rome) explores how Rome’s imperial success was built upon an effective application of the social institutions of family and slavery that regulated power relations within Roman society, and how conquered peoples were required to accept their subjugated status within the larger familia that comprised the Roman state.  The power dynamics inherent in Rome’s distinctive social structure were expanded and integrated throughout the wider Mediterranean world in ways that reinforced Roman imperial dominion over its subject peoples through coerced assimilation into a familial model rooted in an expansive patronage network that restricted liberty at all levels of Roman society.  Subjugated and dishonored groups within Roman society found unique ways to negotiate social space through the conduct of their daily lives, but in doing so, they were made complicit in the perpetuation of a rigid hierarchical system built upon extreme paternalism, familial obedience, and slavery.

Since 2008, I have serve 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.  This position has enhanced my research in terms of material culture methodologies and the trans-regional trade networks that connected the ancient Mediterranean world.

Chair: Fordyce Mitchel Lecture Series Committee, University of Missouri, 2017-present
Vice-Chair: Ad Hoc Committee on Mentoring, Association of Ancient Historians, 2017-present
Committee Representative: Ancient Studies Program, University of Missouri, 2015-present

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.

Courses Taught

“Warfare, Imperialism, and Slavery in the Ancient World” [HIST 4971 WI] Spring 2018

“Political Violence, Rebellion and Death in the Ancient World” [HIST 2004] Spring 2019

 “The Roman World” [HIST 3520]

“Warfare, Imperialism, and Slavery in the Ancient World” [HIST4971WI]

 “The Later Roman Empire” [HIST 4540/7540]

“Introduction to the Ancient World” [HIST 1520]

 “The Roman Empire” [HIST 4530/7530]

“The Age of Alexander” [HIST 4004] (online)

“Topics: Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World” [HIST 2002]

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

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

“The Roman Revolution” [HIST 4520/7520]

Recent Publications

“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)”  Co-authored with Elizabeth Colantoni, Gabriele Colantoni, Maria Rosa Lucidi, and Francesco Tommasi.  [To be published in TRADE: Transformations of Adriatic Europe, 2nd-9th c.]

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

“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.

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