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Richard Lim, professor of Ancient Mediterranean, Greece and Rome, Late Antiquity.
My scholarly focus is on the history and religions of late antiquity in the Mediterranean and Near Eastern worlds, esp. the Later Roman Empire. I am working on several book projects, including Inventing the World: Transforming Civic Spectacles in Late Antique Rome and Carthage, Before Europe and Asia: The Invention of Civilization in Eurasia (under contract with Harvard Univ. Press); and Late Antiquity: A Social and Cultural History (under contract with Cambridge Univ. Press). Recent publications include scholarly articles on late antique adaptations of the literary dialogue form, the construction of Manichaeism in the Roman Empire, aspects of late Roman urbanism and interpretations of chariot-racing in the Circus Maximus, and thematic chapters on late antiquity/Later Roman Empire. Previous books include The Past Before Us: The Challenge of Historiographies of Late Antiquity, Carole Straw and Richard Lim, eds., Bibliothèque de l’Antiquité Tardive 6 and Smith College Studies in History 53 (Brepols: Turnhout, 2004 and Public Disputation, Power and Social Order in Late Antiquity, Transformation in the Classical Heritage 23 (Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 1995).
I offer a range of courses in ancient Mediterranean history, including survey lecture courses: Ancient Greece (HST 202), Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World (HST 203), Roman Republic (HST 204); and Roman Empire (HST 205). In addition, I have taught several colloquia under the rubric of HST 206, Aspects of Ancient History, including “The Emergence of Byzantium,” “Law and Society in Greece and Rome,” “Sports and Public Entertainment in Greece and Rome” and “Greek and Roman Slavery.” The senior seminars I offer under the rubric of HST 302, Topics in Ancient History, tend to be even more specifically tied to my own research interests. Previous topics include: “‘Bread and circuses': Public Spectacles in the Roman World,” and “Late Antique and Early Medieval Rome.” About once every other year I offer HST 201, “The Ancient Silk Road,” a history of the pre-modern contact between “East” and “West” from the rise of pastoral nomads to the travels of Marco Polo.