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Annalisa Marzano

Professor of Ancient History, University of Reading

I studied Classics and Archaeology at the University of Florence, Italy, where I also received a post-master diploma in Conservation of Cultural Heritage. After being awarded the PhD in Classical Studies from Columbia University in New York, I worked as research staff at the University of Oxford and was appointed Golding Fellow at Brasenose College. I have been a member of the research team for the Oxford Roman Economy Project until my appointment in 2008 as Lecturer in Classics at the University of Reading; since 2013 I am Professor of Ancient History in Reading's Department of Classics.

My research interests lie in the sphere of Roman social and economic history and I have published widely on topics ranging from audience targeting on Roman imperial coinage to assessing the agricultural production of Rome’s hinterland and the economic importance of ancient aquaculture. I have participated in archaeological projects In Italy, Egypt, and Libya, and I am currently co-directing an excavation project in Pompeii.


  • –present
    Professor of Ancient History, University of Reading
  • 2011–2013
    Reader in Ancient History, University of Reading


  • 2004 
    Columbia University, New York, PhD in Classical Studies
  • 1999 
    Columbia University, New York, MPhil in Classical Studies
  • 1994 
    Università degli Studi di Firenze, Laurea in Lettere Classiche