My research interests are primarily in the social and economic history of late antiquity. I wrote my dissertation, entitled Money, Power, Respect: Charity and the Creation of the Church, on the institutions and ideology of the church, specifically, how charity redrew the boundaries of public and private life on a mass scale, affected the inner life of individuals, and determined the form of institutions that would outlast Rome. Currently, I am working on a book project based on my dissertation, and several smaller projects, including a study of Strabo’s orientalism, the replacement of the Roman aristocratic ideal of the polymath with that of the convert-knower in Christian circles, legal responses to family disputes over pious donations, and mapping Jerome’s De viris illustribus using social network theory. I have taught courses in Latin at the elementary, intermediate and intensive levels, as well as Classical mythology, Roman history, and Contemporary Civilization at Columbia. Email Irene SanPietro.
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