My research interests concern Roman imperial history and culture, in all regions of the empire. My focus is on the later empire, from the 3rd century to Justinian. I have taught Latin as well as Greek, and worked with documentary sources for both languages. Beside my education in the Classical world, I have a B.A in Visual Arts from Beckman School of Design in Stockholm, Sweden, and have worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for many years. This artistic background makes me ideally suited to work with manuscripts and documents, as well as other physical materials. However, the questions I ask tend to be historical in nature; often social and economic. For my dissertation, I am working on public construction during the reign of Diocletian, by imperial representatives as well as elite groups. My aim is to establish the practices by which public construction was used in local power negotiations, and the extent to which central authorities intervened in this process. The project includes case studies on north Africa and Italy, as well as a discussion on imperial construction in the city of Rome. Email Monica Hellström.