Anise K. Strong, who joined the department in the fall of 2011,studies Roman social history, gender and sexuality in the ancient world, and the reception of classical culture in modern mass media. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Studies from Columbia University and her B.A. (cum laude) from Yale University in Classical Civilization. She has taught a wide variety of history and classics courses at both Stanford and Northwestern University. Professor Strong is currently revising her book manuscript, which is entitled “Roman Women and the Construction of Virtue: Wicked Wives and Good Whores.” Recent articles include Roman toleration of ancient incest, sexuality in the HBO series "Rome," the treatment of ethnic intermarriage in Herodotus's Histories, and a comparison of mothers who prostitute their daughters in ancient legal and literary texts. She has also presented at numerous major conferences, including five times at the American Philological Association annual meeting.
Professor Strong focuses on the intricacies of Roman social structure and the roles played by marginal figures and social outcasts in the Roman world. Her source material has ranged from Roman bedroom paintings to graffiti fragments, love poetry, and pedagogical handbooks, as well as more traditional works of literature Professor Strong was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, and is a member of the seventh generation of college-educated women in her family. She grew up in San Diego, California, and still misses good fish tacos. She has traveled to 34 nations so far and hopes to double that number in the next few decades; highlights have included being trapped in a blizzard in the Nepali Himalayas at 12,000 feet and hiking up Mount Olympos in Turkey in pitch darkness. In her spare time, Professor Strong enjoys baking, European strategy games, hiking, throwing balls for her golden retriever, and reading alternate history novels.