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Julie Langford

My first encounter with the Severans was while I was attending the 2002 Summer Seminar at the American Numismatic Society. I was examining BMC 4.255 (below). I had just finished my literary theory courses at Indiana University and thus when I found myself face to face with Julia Domna, I asked the Curator of Greek Coins, Peter van Alfen, whether anyone had done a narratological study on Roman coinage. Rather than laughing me out of the room, he asked me to clarify what I had in mind, and I’ve been clarifying ever since. My current book project, Maternal Megalomania: Julia Domna and the Imperial Politics of Motherhood examines how and why the most significant populations of the Roman Empire were claimed under the maternal purview of the Empress. The manuscript is currently under review at Cambridge University Press.

Clare Rowan

I first encountered the Severans as an Honours student at Macquarie University (Australia), when I went looking for a good general overview book on the dynasty, and was unable to find anything! I determined at that point to make the Severans the focus of my doctoral thesis, and, in conjunction with the Australian Centre for Ancient Numismatic Studies, created a coin hoard database focusing on Severan coin types. An article derived from this database has already appeared in the American Journal of Numismatics 2009, and the results of my doctoral work are to be published in my forthcoming book " 'Under Divine Auspices': Divine Ideologies and the Visualisation of Power in the Severan Dynasty, AD 193-235". I hope this database project and others mark the beginning of a Severan Studies Renaissance!!

Andrew Bird

In Summer 2009, I joined the research team collecting, translating, and assisting in the construction of the Inscriptions of Julia Domna database. I employed the database to research the role Julia Domna, Mater Castrorum, played in a military context. I wrote two papers that used statistical analysis to point out the dearth of inscriptions set up by the military in honor of the Empress alone. My second paper built upon the first and expanded to explore the nature of the Mater Castrorum title and how the military relates to the empress. The result of this research will be published with Dr. Langford in the chapter “Military Momma: Problematizing Julia Domna as the Mater Castrorum” of Maternal Megalomania.

Brett Dando Collins

I first joined the team in the summer of 2008, where I spent most of my time inputting coins from the Roman Provinces into the online databases. The use of the database has allowed me to develop my interests in the role of barbarians in the worldview of Romans and Greeks. I will be graduating in May 2010 with BAs in Classics and History, and hope to develop my interests on a path to a PhD.

(Note from Professor Langford: Brett presented his paper at the 2010 Phi Alpha Theta Historians Conference in Gainesville, Florida this May and won Honorable Mention for his work. He will be attending post-baccalaureate studies in Classics at University of Pennsylvania, after which he intends to pursue his Ph.D. in History or Classics.)

Marcos Gonzalez

My participation in the Severan Database Project has allowed me to come to a deeper understanding of the later Roman Empire, which is generally outside the curriculum. The bulk of my work consisted of data input of coins along with researching the propaganda disseminated by Septimius Severus during the Second Parthian War. Utilizing the database I was able to show how propaganda was sent from Rome to the provinces, along with provincial responses.

Sarah Helm

In the summer of 2008 I joined the Severan Coin Project and was responsible for entering data into the Severan Imperial Coinage Database. ?This experience not only inspired many undergraduate research papers on the topic of Imperial ideology and representation but a greater appreciation for the treatment and use of primary resources. After graduating from USF I was accepted into New York University's Museum Studies Master's program where I have developed a greater understanding of digitizing collection records and the preservation of archives and objects.

Anne Leon

Will be writing a summary of her work on the Severan Coinage project and how it earned her a full ride at the University of Kansas. She has decided to pursue a Museum Studies degree and will be working with Professor John Younger this year in Greece. She also presented her research at the University of South Florida’s 7th Undergraduate Research Symposium and won Second Place in the Humanities. She has also presented her work at Indiana University in the Classics and Art History departments as well as at the 2010 Classical Association of the Middle West and South Meetings.

Shannon Ness

I joined the team for the Severan Database Project in the summer 2008, when I spent time entering data into the Severan Imperial Coinage Database. From there I moved onto provincial coinage and then the Inscriptions of Julia Domna database in the following year. My personal research has focused on the representation of the Pontifex Maximus on imperial coinage and how each emperor individually handled the representation of the emperor in his propaganda. In May, 2010 I will be graduating with a BA in Classics and going onto a post-baccalaureate Classics program at Columbia University in preparation for graduate school.

(Note from Professor Langford: Shannon won First Place in the Humanities category for her presentation at the University of South Florida’s 7th Undergraduate Research Symposium.)

Kayleigh Pinkett

I am an undergraduate and in my senior year of the classical languages program at the University of South Florida. Following my BA, I will attend the University of Iowa’s M.A.T. program. While I am very interested in teaching Latin in high school, my primary research interests include ancient cults and their officials, religious display and propaganda, and other topics such as seers, methods of divination, and the ancient conception of magic. Using the Severan Coin Database Project in from the summer of 2009 to spring of 2010, I formulated a research paper centering on the coins portraying Caracalla’s visit to Pergamum in AD 214 and the resulting imperial cult temple.

(Note from Professor Langford: Kayleigh presented her paper at the 2010 World Languages Symposium this fall. There were no prizes awarded, but everyone agreed that Kayleigh rocked. )

Heather Russell

I just graduated in the fall of 2009 from the University of South Florida with a degree in Interdisciplinary Classical Civilizations.  While doing undergraduate research with Dr. Langford on the Severan Provincial Database, I worked on the German cabinets: Tübingen, München, Righetti, and Van Aulock.  We photographed the coin images and coin descriptions and I translated the coin types into English. 
I just presented a paper at USF’s Undergraduate Research Symposium regarding provincial-imperial relations in the late second, early third century AD.  My research focused on the city of Pergamum and its use of Asclepius under the reign of Caracalla as a case study of how provinces responded to the interests of the emperor.  Because we have nearly 1600 coins in our provincial database alone, I felt confident that I could identify a unique trend among the coin types and compare them with the coins of the previous emperors.

(Note from Professor Langford: Heather tied for 1st Place in the Humanities Category at the University of South Florida’s 8th Undergraduate Research Symposium.)

Zac Tomlinson

Professor Langford asked me to help translate the German cabinets in May of 2008. My work was focused on coins from provincial mints. I also assisted Heather, who took over translating the German cabinets, with any problematic German words. I really enjoyed the work because it allowed me to exercise my German skills while applying them to a subject that I had not studied in German. Figuring out the meaning of technical numismatic terms in German was sometimes a challenge, but always fun. My personal focus is on rehabilitating Caracalla's image.

Matt Winters

As a researcher on the Severan Database Project, I’ve had an opportunity to get my hands on some truly unique, and more importantly, tangible, evidence for the period. After working on the project for a year or so, I decided to focus on Elagabalus’ coinage program. There has not been a lot scholarly analysis of this coinage and I was intrigued by Elagabalus’ personality, religion and politics. It makes for a decisively entertaining study. The database allowed me to look at Elagabalus in terms of how he was portrayed by certain provincial cities and compare these to his numismatic messages on Imperial coinage. I discovered that these were consistent with his particularly provocative personality.

(Note from Professor Langford: Matt’s work earned him a tie for First Place in the Humanities at the University of South Florida’s 8th Undergraduate Research Symposium)