Profile: Gary D. Farney

Associate Professor and Director of Program in Ancient and Medieval Civilizations

Faculty
Department of History

 

Research Interests:

Roman history (esp. Republican political culture, ethnic identity & other group identity)

Roman material culture (esp. topography of Rome & the archaeology of Italy)

Roman numismatics (esp. iconography of the Republic)

Roman historians (esp. Sallust, Livy & the fragmentary Republican historians)

Greek history & historians (esp. Archaic & Classical Athens & Sparta)


Gary D. Farney received his BA from Indiana University (double majoring in Classics and History) in 1991. While doing his graduate training at Bryn Mawr College (PhD 1999), he was a Rome Prize Winner in 1997 at the American Academy in Rome, and an Oscar Broneer Fellow at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens in 1998. He also received training at the American Numismatic Society in New York City (Summer Fellow 1994) and participated in three seasons of archaeological excavations at the Italian sites of Fregellae, Cosa and Fabrateria Nova.

Before coming to Rutgers, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Hollins University (1999-2000) and Assistant Professor of Classics at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (2000-2001). From 2005-2010, he directed the Rutgers Study Abroad Summer in Greece Program. Prof. Farney also received the Henry J. Browne Award for Teaching Excellence from Rutgers-Newark’s University College in 2006. He served as Chairperson for the Rutgers’ side of the Department of History (2010-2012, Spring 2014), and is currently the Director of the Program in Ancient and Medieval Civilizations (since 2008). In Spring 2013, he was a Senior Resident Fellow at the Research Center for Anatolian Civlizations in Istanbul, Turkey

Prof. Farney’s research and publishing interests have been in the areas of Roman Republican and early Imperial political culture, ancient ethnic identity and other group identity, and the material culture of ancient Italy. In addition to a number of articles, his first book project was Ethnic Identity and Aristocratic Competition in the Roman Republic published by Cambridge University Press in 2007 (for a review of this book, see http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2008/2008-04-25.html).

His current book-project is tentatively entitled Aristocratic Family Identity in Republican and Early Imperial Rome. In this he argues that each noble Roman family carried its own specific identity that it used while competing with other families in Rome’s highly competitive political culture. Families expressed this identity by advertising legendary genealogies and pedigrees for themselves, by participating in specific religious cults and priesthoods in unique ways, and by claiming special, hereditary competency in religious, political or military matters. This expression can be recovered from coins minted for the Roman state by aristocratic families, on buildings and other monuments they erected in Rome, in the physical appearance of individual family members through evocative costume, hair-styles and jewelry, and in their impact on the Roman historiographical tradition. After the fall of the Republic, the Roman emperors plugged their own identities into this system, regulating other families’ identities in the process, and to a certain degree melding their own personal or dynastic identity with that of the Roman state.

Prof. Farney is also the Editor-in-Chief of the newly created Journal of Ancient History. Moreover, he is currently co-editing a volume entitled The Peoples of Ancient Italy (De Gruyter Press, forthcoming 2017) with Guy Bradley of Cardiff University.

Since 2012, Prof. Farney has directed an archaeological project in central Italy, the Upper Sabina Tiberina Project. Rutgers and non-Rutgers students (both undergraduate and graduate) may apply to participate in the field school in Italy that serves this project. The field school is currently the largest Rutgers faculty-led study abroad program in the university.

  • Associated Programs

    Director, Program in Ancient and Medieval Civilizations (Rutgers-Newark)

    Member, Modern Greek Studies Program (Rutgers-New Brunswick)

    Affiliated Faculty (Member of the Graduate Faculty), Department of Classics (Rutgers-New Brunswick)

    Director, Rutgers University Archaeological Field School in Italy (Rutgers-wide)

    Member of the International Advisory Committee (Rutgers-wide)

  • Courses Taught

    Ancient Greek Civilization

    Roman Civilization

    Ancient Sports: From Olympians to Gladiators

    The Greek and Roman City

    Alexander the Great

    Greek History Through Dramatic Writings

    Sparta

    Latin and Ancient Greek Language Courses at the Intermediate and Advanced Level

    Greek and Roman Historians and Historiography (Graduate-Newark)

    Ancient Democracies (Graduate-Newark)

    Athenian Democracy (Graduate-Newark)

    Roman Republican Historians (Graduate-New Brunswick)

    Latin Epigraphy and Numismatics (Graduate-New Brunswick)

     

  • Education

    Ph.D. (Latin), Bryn Mawr College, 1999

    M.A. (Latin), Bryn Mawr College, 1993

    B.A. (Classical Studies and History), Indiana University, 1991

  • Publications

     

    BOOKS:

    2). Aristocratic Family Identity in Republican and Early Imperial Rome [in preparation]

    1). Ethnic Identity and Aristocratic Competition in the Roman Republic (Cambridge University Press, 2007; paperback edition, 2010)

     

    EDITED VOLUMES:

    1). The Peoples of Ancient Italy, Edited with Guy Bradley (Walter de Gruyter Press, forthcoming 2017)

     

    ACADEMIC ARTICLES:

    19). “Forgery and the antiquarian tradition: the identification of Horace’s Sabine villa at Vacone,” co-authored with Matthew Notarian and Dylan Bloy, in Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome [accepted; forthcoming 2017]

    18). “Italian identity and the western provinces in the late Republic and early Empire,” in Nos sumus Romani qui fuimus ante ... Memory of ancient Italy. Études genevoises sur l’Antiquité (EGEA) (Peter Lang) [forthcoming 2017].

    17). “I mosaici imperiali della villa romana di Vacone (RI),” co-authored with Candace Rice and Federica Pollari, in Atti del XXII Colloquio dell’Associazione Italiana per lo Studio e la Conservazione del Mosaico. (Scripta Manent Edizioni, 2017) [accepted; forthcoming 2017]

    16). “Introduction,” co-authored with Guy Bradley, in G. D. Farney & G. Bradley (Edd.) The Peoples of Ancient Italy (Walter de Gruyter Press) [forthcoming 2017]

    15). “The Sabines,” co-authored with Giulia Masci, in G. D. Farney & G. Bradley (Edd.) The Peoples of Ancient Italy (Walter de Gruyter Press) [forthcoming 2017]

    14). “Forum Novum and the limits of Roman colonization,” in A. DeGiorgi (Ed.) The Colonial Landscape in Republican Italy (University of Michigan Press) [forthcoming]

    13). “The Upper Sabina Tiberina Project. I risultati della seconda campagna di scavo at Vacone (Rieti),” co-authored with Dylan Bloy, Giulia Masci, Candace Rice, Tyler Franconi and Matt Notarian, in Lazio e Sabina 11 (2015) p. 57-63

    12). “Romans and Italians,” in J. McInerney (Ed.) A Companion to Ethnicity in the Ancient Mediterranean (Wiley-Blackwell 2014) p. 437- 454

    11). “The Upper Sabina Tiberina Project: prima campagna di scavo a Vacone (2012),” co-authored with Dylan Bloy, Giulia Masci and Matthew Notarian, in Lazio e Sabina 10 (2014) Pp. 57-62

    10). “Latins, Latium,” article for Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell 2013) Pp. 3925-3926

    9). “Fabii, family of,” article and family tree, for Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell 2013) Pp. 2611-2616

    8). “Gens,” article for Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell 2013) Pp. 2884-2886

    7). “The Trojan genealogy of the Julii before Caesar the Dictator,” in Ancient History Bulletin 26 (2012) p. 1-7

    6). “Aspects of the emergence of Italian identity in the early Roman Empire,” in M. Gleba & H. Horsnaes (Edd.) Communicating Identity in Italic Iron Age Communities p. 221-230 (Oxbow Books, 2011)

    5). “The name-changes of legendary Romans and the Etruscan-Latin bilingual inscriptions: strategies for Romanization,” in Etruscan Studies 13 (2010) p. 149-157

    4). “The Roman gens,” in Journal of Roman Archaeology 21 (2008) Pp. 379-386

    3). “The Mamilii, Mercury and the limites: aristocratic genealogy and political conflict in the Roman Republic,” in Athenaeum 96 (2008) Pp. 249-258

    2). “Some more Roman Republican ‘also-rans,’” in Historia 53 (2004) Pp. 246-250

    1). “The fall of the priest Gaius Sulpicius Galba and the first consulship of Marius,” in Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 42 (1997) Pp. 23-37

    POPULAR MEDIA ARTICLES:

    3). “Are we Rome? Tu betchus!,” co-authored with Maureen Dowd, in The New York Times, October 12, 2008, Weekend in Review, p. 11

    2). “The Olympian ideal,” in Athens News, August 24, 2004 (Article code C13088A161)

    1). “Death and glory in the ancient Olympic games,” in Athens News, August 23, 2004 (Article code C13087A171)

     

    BOOK REVIEWS:

    7). Review of R. MacMullen, The Earliest Romans in Classical Journal (CJ-Online, 2012.08.08)

    6). Review of J. McInerney, The Cattle of the Sun in Journal of World History 23 (2012) 152-155

    5). Review of T. P. Wiseman, Unwritten Rome in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2009) (article found in BMCR archives for 2009.06.11)

    4). Review of G. Forsythe, A Critical History of Early Rome in New England Classical Journal 32 (2005) Pp. 368-370

    3). Review of N. Rosenstein, Rome at War in The Historian 67 (2005) Pp. 805-806

    2). Review of C. Jones, Kinship Diplomacy in the Ancient World in The Historian 63 (2000) Pp. 679-680

    1). Review of G. Forsythe, L. Calpurnius Piso Frugi and the Roman Annalistic Tradition in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 7.8 (1996) Pp. 673-677 (article now found in BMCR archives for 1996.10.09)

     

  • Awards

    Senior Resident Fellowship—Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations in Istanbul (Koç University), Spring, 2013

    Henry J. Browne Teaching Excellence Award—Rutgers University, September, 2006

    Oscar Broneer Fellow—American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1997-1998

    Rome Prize Winner—American Academy in Rome, 1996-1997

    Program in Italian Archaeology Participant and Grant Recipient—American Academy in Rome, Summer, 1995

    Seminar Fellow—American Numismatic Society, Summer, 1994

     

  • Expertise

    (1) Roman history (esp. Republican political culture, ethnic identity & other group identity)

    (2) Roman material culture (esp. topography of Rome & the archaeology of Italy)

    (3) Roman numismatics (esp. iconography of the Republic)

    (4) Roman historians (esp. Sallust, Livy & the fragmentary Republican historians)

    (5) Greek history & historians (esp. Archaic & Classical Athens & Sparta)
     

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