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.
- Classical Dialogues: Stoics and Skeptics on Cataleptic Impressions by Tobias Reinhardt
- Classical Dialogues: Killing Mummies–On Inka Epistemology and Imperial Power by Terence D’Altroy
- Classical Studies Student Mentoring Program
- Inaugural Classical Philosophy Lecture: Aristotle on Productive Understanding and Completeness, by Ursula Coope, Corpus Christi College Oxford
- Columbia Classical Studies Photo Award 2015