Staff Profile:Professor Annalisa Marzano

Professor Annalisa Marzano
Job Title:
  • Head of Department
  • Member, Regional Advisory Group for Internationalization (Europe)
  • Director, Centre for Economic History
  • Member of Advisory Board, Centre for Italian History


Laurea cum laude (Florence); MPhil; PhD with distinction (Columbia); FHEA, FRHistS, FSA

Before her appointment at Reading Professor Marzano taught at Columbia University and the University of Oxford. At Oxford she was Research Assistant at the Institute of Archaeology (2004-2008), Research Staff for the Oxford Roman Economy Project (2005-2008), and W. Golding Research Fellow at Brasenose College (2005-2008).

Areas of Interest:

Professor Marzano's research interests rest in the sphere of Roman social and economic history; in her research she uses an interdisciplinary approach that combines textual and archaeological evidence. Recent and current areas of investigation are:

  • Roman Economy: Professor Marzano is researching different aspects of the Roman economy including continuity and disruption in the exploitation of economic resources, settlement patterns, and urbanism in Britain, Spain, and Italy. For more information click here
  • Roman Villas: Her research explores the ideology of the villa and its production as depicted in the texts of Latin authors; the varied nature of capital investments and production; and how the social function of villas changed throughout the centuries.
  • Cult of Hercules: Cult of Hercules: Professor Marzano is researching the historical, religious, and cultural development of the cult of the Italic/Roman Hercules and the differences with the Greek Herakles, and is currently looking at the relationship between this cult and trade.
  • Imperial Propaganda: She is interested in images, techniques, and media used in the dissemination of imperial messages and has shown the occurrence of audience targeting in the choice of coin types in the imperial period.

Postgraduate Supervision:

Professor Marzano is happy to discuss proposals in any area connected to the Roman economy and society (both in the Republic and Empire), and the interrelation between text and image as a means of communication in the public and private sphere.

Current PhD Students:
  • Mick Stringer, 'The impact of definitions and recording systems on economic decision-making in the Roman world'.
  • Roberta Ferritto, 'The Roman maritime villas of southern Lazio: society and economy'.
  • Lee Grana Nicolaou, 'The Roman fishing industry in the Western Mediterranean'.
As second supervisor:
  • Maria Lloyd, 'The Severi and their political messages'.
  • Orazio Camaioni, 'Varro's Antiquitates Rerum Humanarum'.
Research groups / Centres:

Field Experience:

  • Apolline Project, Naples/Italy; Roman site; 2009-present
  • Dakhleh Oasis Project, Amheida/Egypt; Pharaonic to Late Antique site; 2008.
  • Post Aedem Castoris Project, Rome/Italy; Roman site; 2005.
  • Euesperides Project, Benghazi /Libya; Archaic and Hellenistic site; 2005.
  • Restoring Ancient Stabiae, Castellamare di Stabia/Italy; Roman site; 2001, 2002.
  • Chianciano Terme, Siena/Italy; Roman site; 1995-2000
  • Poggibonsi, Siena/Italy; Medieval site; 1993.
  • Chianti Field Survey, Chianti/Italy; 1992.
  • Massa Marittima, Grosseto/Italy; Etruscan site; 1989-1991.
  • Archaeological Laboratory, Florence/Italy; 1988-1990.
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  • Marzano, A. (2000) Archeologia subacquea. In: Belmonte, G. (ed.) Blu di Puglia: Ambienti e itinerari sommersi intorno al Salento. Conte Editore, Lecce, pp. 161-165. ISBN 9788887143362


This list was generated on Fri Oct 21 14:00:52 2016 BST.

A complete list of publications and papers can be found on her personal webpage.


Dr A Marzano

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+44 (0) 118 378 6991

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