Professor Jeremy Hartnett began teaching at Wabash in 2004 after graduate work at the University of Michigan and a post-doc year at Oberlin College. A specialist in Roman archaeology and social history, he studies sites in Italy including Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome. In particular, Prof. Hartnett is drawn to daily, ground-level interaction in Roman cities. His first book, The Roman Street: Urban Life and Society in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press) tries to breathe life back into their streets. Recapturing the flurry of urban activity involves drawing on the evidence of historical and poetic texts, inscriptions, artwork, monuments, and buildings as well as mixing in comparative evidence. A New Directions Grant from the GLCA has allowed Prof. Hartnett to place Roman street life in a broader cross-cultural context by examining public urban space in a variety of times and places, from Early Modern Florence to today’s Mexico City.
Prof. Hartnett’s next big project will tackle the intersection of sound and Roman urban society: not just what cities sounded like, but how Romans made sense of their world through what they heard and how they sought to control it through the noises they made. Another New Directions Grant has aided this work.
Prof. Hartnett teaches across the discipline of Classics, including both ancient languages as well as the history and archaeology of Greece and Rome. His Elementary Latin classes are renowned for a combination of jocularity and rigor (daily quizzes!), while the Classics senior seminar has wrestled with material as diverse as Roman sculpture from the Louvre, ancient coins and a unique funerary monument from the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and epic poetry from (who else?) Homer. During the 2008-9 academic year Prof. Hartnett taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome; he now serves on the Centro’s managing committee. One of his greatest joys as a teacher is leading students abroad, especially to Italy – for pleasures intellectual, cultural, artistic, architectural, and definitely culinary.
Dr. Hartnett is proud to uphold the Classics Department’s reputation for feeding hungry Wallies in grand style. Students know his gift for the grill and the pasta pot, but his family (including sons Henry and Silas) acknowledges that he is a whiz with leftovers. Prof. Hartnett’s passion for Michigan football, despite the playful ribbing of his students, still runs strong.
M.A. Latin, University of Michigan, 1999
M.A. Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, 1999
A.B. summa cum laude, Classical Civilization, Wabash College, 1996
Latin 101/102 – Elementary Latin
Latin 303 – Virgil’s Aeneid
Classics 104/Art 104 – Roman Art and Archaeology
Classics 106/History 212 – Ancient Rome (history survey)
Classics 112/History 210 – Houses and Society in the Ancient World
Classics 212/Religion 260 – Early Christianity in Rome (with trip to Italy)
Classics 212/History 310 – Self and Society in Ancient Rome (with trip to Italy)
Classics 212/History 310 – The Ancient Roman City (with trip to Italy)
Classics 400 – Senior Seminar (Flavius Agricola: A Funerary Monument and its Epitaph)
The Roman Street: Urban Life and Society in Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome (forthcoming, Cambridge University Press)
“The Power of Nuisances on the Roman Street” in Rome, Ostia, and Pompeii: Movement and Space (2011), edited by R. Laurence and D. Newsome, Oxford University Press, 135-159.
“Excavation Photographs and the Imagining of Pompeii’s Streets: Vittorio Spinazzola and the Via dell’Abbondanza” in Pompeii in the Public Imagination From Its Rediscovery to Today (2011), edited by S. Hales and J. Paul, Oxford University Press, 246-269.
“Si quis hic sederit: Streetside Benches and Urban Society in Pompeii” American Journal of Archaeology 112.1 (2008), 91-119.
“Fountains at Herculaneum: Sacred History, Topography, and Civic Identity” Rivista di Studi Pompeiani 19 (2008), 77-89.
“Sound as a Roman Urban Social Phenomenon” Stadterfahrung als Sinneserfahrung in der römischen Kaiserzeit, Hannover, Germany; 2014
“Listening to Pompeii: Hearing History in the Roman City” Wesleyan University; 2013
“Neighborhood Knowledge at the Bar: A Microhistory of the Rogatores of IX.11.2” CAMWS Annual Meetings: Iowa City; 2013
“The Legacy of Rome” Co-presenter at three-day seminar, The Aspen Institute; 2012
“Faces Past: Ancient Imaginations and the Craft of Social History” The 33rd Annual LaFollette Lecture, Wabash College; 2012
“Overhearing? Soundscapes and Society in the Roman Neighborhood” Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference: Frankfurt; 2012
“Vesuvius and its Victims” Press and VIP Preview to A Day in Pompeii, Boston Museum of Science; 2011
“Legal Prescriptions, Social Ideals, and Public Space in Ancient Rome: The Case of the Tabula Heracleensis” Bienniale dello Spazio Pubblico: Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica: Rome; 2011
“The Aesthetics of Pompeian Electoral Inscriptions: Questions and Hypotheses” CAMWS Annual Meetings: Oklahoma City (with Rebecca Benefiel, Washington and Lee University); 2010
Anne and Andrew T. Ford Chair in the Liberal Arts, Wabash College; 2014-
New Directions Initative Grant, Great Lakes Colleges Association; 2014
33rd Annual LaFollette Lecturer; 2012
McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar, Wabash College; 2011-2012
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend; 2011
New Directions Initiative Grant, Great Lakes Colleges Association; 2011
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Identity and Self-Representation Among the Sub-cultures of Ancient Rome,” American Academy in Rome; Eleanor Leach and Eve D’Ambra, co-directors; 2008
Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Michigan; 2003
Associate Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows; 2001-2002
Accents, the Wabash Classics Blog (http://blogs.wabash.edu/accents/)
Suovetaurilia, a campus-wide Greco-Roman sacrifice in April 2014 (http://www.wabash.edu/news/displaystory.cfm?news_ID=10277)
Coverage of the Spring 2013 Classics senior seminar, dedicated to the funerary monument of Flavius Agricola, on display in the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Student blog entries from November 2012 trip to Italy for Classics 212/History 310, “Self and Society in Ancient Rome” (http://blogs.wabash.edu/immersionlearning2011/category/hartnett-in-ancient-rome/)
“$#*! This Dad Says: Reflections on Fatherhood, Learning, and Teaching” Chapel Talk, Wabash College; 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELC9PkQJrsA)
Blog Entries from May 2007 trip to Italy for Classics 212/History 310, “The Ancient Roman City” (http://blogs.wabash.edu/classicsimmersion2007 )
Reflections on an Immersion Trip to Turkey (http://www.wabash.edu/magazine/index.cfm?news_id=8207)
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