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Joel Allen
Position: Professor
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center|Queens College
Phone: 212.817. 8440
Room Number: 5114.02
Degrees/Diplomas: Ph.D. Yale University
Research Interests: Roman Empire, Ancient History
Joel Allen is the Executive Officer of the PhD Program in History. He is also a Professor of History at Queens College and holds an appointment in the MA/PhD Program in Classics at the Graduate Center. His research interests are in Roman imperial culture.

Selected Publications

“Gossip of Violence and Violence of Gossip: Livia’s Lament and Its Remedy in Cassius Dio’s Severan Context,” in Carsten H. Lange and Andrew G. Scott (eds.), Cassius Dio: Violence, War, and Civil War (Leiden: Brill, 2020), pp. 46-62

The Roman Republic and the Hellenistic Mediterranean: From Alexander to Caesar (Wiley-Blackwell, 2020).

“Gaius Asinius Pollio and the Politics of Cosmopolitanism,” in Kit Morrell, Josiah Osgood, and Kathryn Welch (eds.), The Alternative Age of Augustus (Oxford University Press, 2019).

“Herodes Atticus, Memnon of Ethiopia, and the Athenian ephebeia,” in Wouter Vanacker and Arjan Zuiderhoek (eds.), Imperial Identities in the Roman World (London: Routledge, 2017), pp. 162-175.


Hostages and Hostage-taking in the Roman Empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).