Dr Susan Dunning
I work on religious and cultural developments in the Roman world through the study of material and literary sources.
In my forthcoming monograph, The Ludi Saeculares and the Saeculum: Time, Festival, and Authority in the Roman World, I examine the development of the Saecular Games and their relationship to Roman conceptions of time from the Republic to late Empire.
My current research project, Humans as Gods in the Roman World, is funded by Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and the Gerda Henkel Stiftung. I am investigating human associations with divinity in Plautus’s comedies, Pompeiian graffiti, and in funerary monuments and inscriptions of the imperial period, and will publish my findings as a monograph. My other research interests include Roman and Greek hymns and Latin epigraphy.
At Toronto, I taught courses in Roman and Greek religion, history, language, myth, and drama.