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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. 

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.

PhD supervision

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.

Current students: Samuel Sigere, Francesco Strocchi, Andrea Cremona (secondary supervisor)

Major publications

  • 'The Orator and his Audience: The Rhetorical Perspective in the Art of Deliberation', in Community and Communication: Oratory and Politics in Republican Rome, ed. H van der Blom and C Steel (Oxford: OUP, 2013), pp. 195-209.
  • Libertas and the Practice of Politics in the Late Roman Republic (Cambridge: CUP, 2012).
  • 'Roman Sumptuary Legislation: There Concepts of Liberty', European Journal of Political Theory 10 (4), 2011, 463-489.

For a full list of publications, see Valentina's Iris profile.

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