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Hazel DodgeDr. Hazel Dodge

Louis Claude Purser Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology

I studied Archaeology at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and worked for a number of years at the University of Oxford, where I also held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship, before coming to Trinity in 1994. I was nominated a Samuel H. Kress Lecturer of the Archaeological Institute of America for 2010-2011. In the Spring of 2013 I held the Frederic Lindley Morgan Visiting Chair in Architectural Design at the University of Louisville, Kentucky. I am a member of the Advisory Board for the journal Nikephoros: Zeitschrift für Sport und Kultur im Altertum. I am also a Corresponding Member of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Research Interests

My research has three main strands, but all stem originally from my interest in Roman construction and building technology. Firstly, I am particularly interested in the quarrying, transport, distribution and use of decorative stones in the Roman world, for which I am compiling a database of all known applications, whether primary or re-use; this will also include ancient source materials as I am keen to identify areas of symbolism in the use of these stones. Secondly, I work on ancient spectacle and the buildings which were developed to accommodate the different types of entertainment; I have particularly concentrated on the situation in the Eastern Mediterranean. My third main research interest is urbanisation in the ancient world, and particularly the development of the City of Rome. I am currently working on two major projects: Cassiodorus and spectacle in late antiquity; and the symbolism of Egyptian stones used in the ancient city of Rome.

Select Publications

  • with J. Coulston and C. J. Smith (eds), Rome. A Soucebook of the Ancient City, London (forthcoming)
  • ‘The Colosseum’, A. Futrell and T. Scanlon (eds), The Oxford Handbook of Sport and Spectacle in the Ancient World, Oxford (forthcoming 2014)
  • Building for an Audience: the Architecture of Roman Spectacle in, editor(s)Roger Ulrich and Caroline Quenemoen, Blackwell Companion to Roman Architecture, Oxford, Blackwell, 2013, 281-298
  • ‘Amphitheatres’, P. Christesen and D. Kyle (eds), Blackwell Companion to Sport and Spectacle, Oxford 2013, 545-560
  • “Other Spectacle Sites’, P. Christesen and D. Kyle (eds), Blackwell Companion to Sport and Spectacle, Oxford 2013, 561-577
  • ‘Roman Amphitheatre’, Encyclopedia of Global Archaeology, Springer 2013
  • Greek and Roman Building Materials and Techniques, Roger S. Bagnall, Kai Brodersen, Craige B. Champion, Andrew Erskine, Sabine R. Huebner , Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Ancient History, Oxford  2012.
  • Spectacle in the Roman World, Bristol Classical Press, London 2011
  • ‘Amphitheatres in the Roman East’, in T. Wilmott (ed), Roman Amphitheatres and spectacula: a 21st century perspective. Papers from the Chester conference, February 2007, Chester, UK, Oxford 2009, 29-45
  • ‘Circuses in the Roman East: A Reappraisal’, in J Clement-Nelis and J-M Roddaz (eds), Actes du Colloque Le cirque romain et son image, Bordeaux, 2008, 133 -146
  • with J. C. Coulston, ‘The metropolis’, in G. Woolf (ed), Cambridge Illustrated History of the Roman World, Cambridge 2003, 138-169
  • editor (with J. C. N. Coulston), Ancient Rome: the Archaeology of the Eternal City, Oxford University School of Archaeology Monograph 54, Oxford 2000
  • 'The Building Materials from the East Baths', in L. Stirling, D. Stone and N. Ben Lazreg (eds), Leptiminus (Lamta) Report 2, JRA Suppl 41, Portsmouth RI 2001, 104-107
  • ‘Entertaining the Masses: the Structures', in D. Potter and D. Mattingly (eds), Life, death and Entertainment in the Roman World, Michigan University Press Ann Arbor 1999, 205-255
  • with Peter Connolly, The Ancient City, Oxford University Press 1998
  • with B. Ward-Perkins, Marble in Antiquity Collected Papers and lectures of J. B. Ward-Perkins, British School at Rome Mon. 6, London, British School at Rome, 1992


My main teaching focuses is Roman Archaeology with courses on the Roman Empire and Roman Britain; I also contribute to courses on Roman History. I also teach our first year course in Greek and Roman Art and Architecture and contribute to an introductory course on Sources and Evidence in Archaeology and History. For final year undergraduates I offer a course on Entertainment and Spectacle in the Ancient world as well a course on Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. For our MPhil programme I offer a course on the archaeology of the city of Rome.

Dr. Dodge on the TCD Research Support System

Contact Details

Department of Classics,
Trinity College,
Dublin 2.

Telephone: 00 353 1 8961093
Fax: 00 353 1 6710862

Last updated 6 July 2016