Lucia Carbone


Lucia Carbone’s primary research interest is the impact of Roman imperialism on the Eastern provinces of Roman Empire, with a specific focus on the province of Asia between 2nd century BC and the end of 1st century BC. Her dissertation, entitled ‘Currency and taxes: the relationship between civic and provincial administration in the Province Asia (2nd century BC – 1st century AD)’ studies the relationship between the provincial and civic administration in Asia. The originality of her research is mainly based on her quantitative approach to the study of the progressive ‘Romanization’ of the Asian monetary system and on her integrated use of numismatic and epigraphic sources to shed new light on the interaction between local elites and Roman central power. Her further research interests include Hellenistic economic and social history, Greek and Roman Epigraphy and Late Hellenistic Nimismatics.

She has recently published articles on the difference between the Roman and the Greek idea of sovereignty in the Provincia Asia and on the control exerted by Roman provincial power over the issue of silver civic coinage in Asia in the course of 1st century BC. She has also presented in international conferences on a variety of topics, ranging from the Italian bankers on the island of Delos, to the political value of pity in the 5th century BC Athens; from the literary origins of the idea of happiness in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics to the historical development of the administrative districts of the Asian province. She is also currently preparing a die-study of the late cistophori of Tralles, in order to establish the economic effects of Sulla’s harsh economic measures on the Asian cities.

The recipient of a DAAD fellowship, she studied at the Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik in Munich. Lucia has worked at the Epigraphic Museum in Athens, was part of an epigraphic project at Butler Library (‘Cataloguing squeezes’, RBML) and also co-curated an exhibit on instrumenta domestica at Columbia University (‘Archeology and the City’).

A Core Curriculum Preceptor for Contemporary Civilization, Lucia has taught her own Latin, Greek and Roman History classes. She is also a Fellow of the Academy of Teachers, an organization devoted to foster and honor didactic excellence among high school teachers.

Before coming to Columbia, Lucia received a MA (summa cum laude) in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and taught Classics and Ancient History at the Liceo Classico, while cooperating with the didactic sections of the Soprintendenza Archeologica di Roma. Email Lucia Carbone.