Sailakshmi Ramgopal, "Intermarriage in Moesia Inferior: Romans, Bessi, and Lai"

October 16, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Event Summary

Dr. Ramgopal will explore how Romans and non-Romans living along the western coast of the Black Sea adapted to the changing mechanics of imperial administration and Roman citizenship in the second and third centuries CE using epigraphic evidence for intermarriage and worship of the emperor from this region. The presentation's material comes from her in-progress book, Romans Abroad: Associations of Roman Citizens, which studies the logic of interaction between Romans and non-Romans in non-Roman communities around the empire.


Dr. Sailakshmi Ramgopal

Department of History

Columbia University

Professor Sailakshmi Ramgopal is a Roman historian whose work explores mobilities and identities in the Roman world. Romans Abroad, her current book project, identifies the particular logics and changing modalities by which associations of Roman traders interacted with non-Romans outside the Italian peninsula, and traces the long-term, recursive effects of those dynamic interactions on the sociopolitical structures and cultural frameworks of the Roman empire. Other interests include the comparative study of diasporas, resistance, and the reception of classics in colonial and postcolonial India and North Africa. Professor Ramgopal was a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome (2014).

Part of the 2019-2020 lecture series "Classics and the Global"

Location and Address

4217 Posvar Hall