Dr Valentina Arena


Valentina Arena's broad area of interest is Roman history, especially of the Republican period from the foundation of Rome to the principate of Augustus, with a particular emphasis on the study of politics and political concepts. 

Valentina's work focuses on two intertwined lines of investigation: the study of Roman oratory and rhetorical techniques and the analysis of Roman political thought and its relation with the practice of politics. She is currently working on the notion of popular sovereignty (as part of an AHRC funded project, directed by R Bourke and Q Skinner) and is a member of the Academic Board of the ERC funded project to establish a new edition of 'Fragmentary Orators of the Roman Republic' (directed by C Steel). Valentina also worked at the British Museum, Department of Coins and Medals, with whom she maintains close links. She is a member of the Editorial Board of Tulliana.

Valentina can offer research supervision in most areas of the history of the Roman Republic, as well as in the broader area of the history of ancient political thought. She will consider Roman topics for PhD supervision or co-supervision, and would particularly welcome prospective students in the following areas: religious, political and cultural history; research on classical Rhetoric; history of ideas and history of political thought; Cicero.

Courses taught

HIST2105 Roman Democracy: Myth or Reality?
HIST6107 The Roman Republic, c.350 BC - 44 BC
HIST3108/9108 The Intellectual Landscape of the Late Roman Republic
HISTGA09A/GA70 Propaganda and Ideology in Rome

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile

Dr Valentina Arena