Sarah H. Davies

Professor (Ancient Mediterranean)

Maxey 230
MWF 1-2pm, or by appointment


Ph.D., 2012, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., 2005, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., 2003, Middlebury College

Teaching & Research Areas

  • International relations, imperialism, and historiography in the ancient Mediterranean
  • Rise of Rome as an interstate power, from 3rd to 1st centuries BCE
  • Cultural and political interactions in the Hellenistic period
  • Receptions of antiquity and constructions of the "Classical"
  • Carthage and the Punic Wars; Roman North Africa

Courses, 2020-21

Fall 2020

  • (HIST-180) Cities and Empires
  • (HIST-226) Meet the Ancient Greeks
  • (HIST-330) Hail Caesar? The Roman Revolution

Spring 2021

  • (GENS-176) Making Powerful Arguments: Confronting the Classical
  • (HIST-225) Cleopatra: History & Myth

Past Courses


  • (HIST-160) Seminar: Troy & the Trojan War
  • (HIST-180) Cities and Empires: Introduction to the Ancient Near East & Mediterranean
  • (GENS-145, 146) Encounters: The First-Year Experience, I & II


  • (HIST-215) Special Topics in Ancient History - Pompeii, Beyond the Time Capsule
  • (HIST-215) Special Topics in Ancient History - Cleopatra, History & Myth
  • (HIST-215) Special Topics in Ancient History: Who Owns Antiquity?
  • (HIST-226) Ancient Mediterranean: Greece
  • (HIST-227) Ancient Mediterranean: Rome

300- and 400-level

  • (HIST-315) Special Topics in Ancient History: Carthage and Rome
  • (HIST-320) Alexander the Great & the Hellenistic World
  • (HIST-330) Hail Caesar? The Roman Revolution
  • (HIST-489) Seminar: Roman Imperialism



Rome, Global Dreams, & the International Origins of an Empire. Brill, Impact of Empire series, 35.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

2019. "Weaving a Map of 'Global' Empire: Second-Century BCE Origins of Mediterraneanism." Mediterranean Studies 27.1: 1-35.

2014. "Beginnings and Endings: 146 BCE as an Imperial Moment, from Polybius to Sallust." in R. Rita Marchese and F. Tutrone (eds.). Evil, Progress, and Fall: Moral Readings of Time and Cultural Development in Roman Literature. EPEKEINA vol. 4, n. 1-2, pp. 177-218. (

2013. "Carthage, Corinth, and 146 BCE: Shifting Paradigms of Roman Imperium." Ancient Borderlands International Graduate Student Conference (2010), Beyond Borders: Ancient Societies and their Conceptual Frontiers. University of California, Santa Barbara, California. (

2011. "An Augustan Period Altar at Carthage: Freedman Status and Roman Provincial Identity." in S. Morton and D. Butler (eds.). It's Good to Be King - The Archaeology of Power & Authority. 41st (2008) Annual Chacmool Archaeological Conference, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Calgary: Chacmool Archaeological Association, The Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, pp. 213-224.