Alain Gowing: Areas of Graduate Study
The particular field or topic in Roman history will be determined in consultation with me and with an eye to the particular needs, interests, and experience level of the student. Students will be expected to choose, however, an area that complements (and does not necessarily duplicate or overlap with) other fields while adding a useful dimension to their teaching or research profile. Past fields have included imperialism in the Roman Republic, the development and role of the Imperial senate, the senate of the Roman Republic, and the Republican aristocracy.
The particular area in which I am prepared to offer a field exam is Greek and Roman historiography. The parameters and limits of this field will be determined by the student's preparation and needs. In all instances, however, students will be expected to read both primary texts (some experience with either Latin or Greek is desirable or, depending on circumstances, required) and secondary texts. Particular attention will be paid to relevant theoretical works on the nature of historiography.
*Adjunct faculty do not normally supervise first fields.
**Students may not offer a field in the Comparative History division as a first field.