I am a Roman historian specializing in the historiography of the Roman Empire, and in Roman politics and culture of the Empire in the second and third centuries CE. Most of my work is on literary texts (Cassius Dio, Philostratus, Tacitus, Lucian, the Historia Augusta) but I am also interested in larger historical questions to do with the political culture of the Roman Empire and the nature of the Roman monarchy. I have published one monograph, Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans: Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian (Cambridge, 2014), as well as recently co-editing (with Colin Bailey and Beatrice Poletti The Intellectual Climate of Cassius Dio: Greek and Roman Pasts (Brill, 2022) and I have more than 20 published articles on the authors and historical topics mentioned above. My main current project is an introductory monograph on the Historia Augusta.
Courses I regularly teach include:
Classics 102: Greek and Roman Mythology
Classics 221: Literature of Greece and Rome
Classics 261: Women, Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World
Classics 283: Introductory Roman History II
I also teach Latin at all levels. Recent topics for 400/500 seminars have included:
Latin Writings on Northern "Barbarians"
Dissent and Resistance in Imperial Rome
Catastrophe, Transformation and the End of Antiquity: Constantine to Attila
I am available to supervise graduate projects on any aspects of Roman history and literature, especially of the Imperial period.
Prerequisite: consent of Department.
Elements of Latin grammar and reading of simple texts. Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in Latin 30 or Latin 103.
Review of grammar; reading of Latin texts; translation of simple sentences from English into Latin. Prerequisite: LATIN 102, 103, or 104 or consent of Department. Not open to students with credit in LATIN 301.
The Intellectual Climate of Cassius Dio: Greek and Roman Pasts (Brill, 2022)
Adam Kemezis, Colin Bailey and Beatrice Poletti
"Living Rulers and the End Dates of Roman Historians" in V. Fromentin, ed., Écrire l'histoire de son temps de Thucydide à Ammien Marcellin (Fondation Hardt, 2022): 283-317
"Multiple Authors and Puzzled Readers in the Historia Augusta." In Mario Baumann and Vasileios Liotsakis, eds., Reading History in the Roman Empire (De Gruyter, 2022): 223-50
Greek Narratives of the Roman Empire under the Severans: Cassius Dio, Philostratus and Herodian (Cambridge, 2014)