Professor of the Classical Mediterranean and Middle East
Roman History, Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Italy, Roman Archaeology


Professor Beth Severy-Hoven is a Roman historian who specializes in the study of gender, sexuality and slavery in the ancient world. Her first book, Augustus and the Family at the Birth of the Roman Empire (2003), explores how the development of an imperial family shaped the political institutions of the empire. Her Latin textbook The Satyrica of Petronius: An Intermediate Reader with Commentary and Guided Review, won the 2015 Pedagogy Book Prize from the Classical Association of the Middle West and South. She has taught in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center, and at Mac teaches the courses Women, Gender & Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome, Roman World, and the Senior Seminar, as well as Greek and Latin courses and January programs in Rome and Egypt. Professor Severy-Hoven was awarded the Jack and Marty Rossman Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016.

AB: Bryn Mawr College, 1990, summa cum laude
MSt: Oxford University, 1991
PhD: University of California, Berkeley, 1998