Associate Professor Kathryn Welch

PhD UQ MA Sydney DipHum UNE DipEd SydAssociate Professor
Associate Professor

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

I joined The University of Sydney in 1991 after six years as a teacher at Kogarah High School and three years as a teaching assistant/PhD student at the University of Queensland. My main teaching and research interests are in Roman republican and early imperial history and historiography, though I also love teaching the history of the city of Rome from antiquity to the present – either in Sydney or on the ground in Rome.

Research interests

  • Political and social transformation of Rome between Republic and Empire
  • Republican and Augustan Topography of Rome
  • The wider Mediterranean World in the first century BC
  • Greek authors and Roman History
  • The Pompeii Cast Project: www.castprojectpompeii.org.

Teaching and supervision

  • Units taught include:

    • ANHS1601 Foundations for Ancient Rome
    • ANHS2606 City of Rome: History and Landscape
    • ANHS2610SPQR: The Senate and People of Rome
    • ANHS2632 Julius Caesar and the Roman Republic
    • ANHS3632Livy: Republics Past and Present
    • ANHS6901 Ancient Rome: Space and Power

Completed PhD and Masters students and their topics

  • Jules Flego (MPhil) 2018 Theodor Mommsen: an Enduring Legacy of Rome’s Past
  • Mary Jane Cuyler (PhD) 2016 The Urban Landscape of Late Republican and Early Imperial Ostia
  • Sheira Cohen (MA Res.) 2016 Perspectives on Space and Place in Republican Rome
  • Kit Morrell (PhD) 2014 Pompey, Cato, and the governance of the Roman empire
  • Liam McGowan (PhD) 2013 Urbs Maiestatis: Recovering the Roman Republican City
  • Alina Kozlovski (MPhil) 2013 Off the map: the Conceptualisation of Urban Space in Ancient Rome and Italy
  • Andrew Stiles (MPhil) 2010 Germanicus Caesar: the ‘Unburnt Heart’ of the Julio-Claudian Dynasty
  • Fiona Tweedie (PhD) 2009 Independence and integration: the allies, the army and the land from the Hannibalic to the Social War
  • Hannah Mitchell (MPhil) 2009 A false dichotomy?: tragedy and moralism in Plutarch’s Demetrius and Antony
  • Lily Withycombe Taperell (MA Res.) 2009 Building Jupiter: Deconstructing the Reconstruction
  • Natalie Angel (PhD) 2007 Clementia Caesaris: the creation and dissemination of a reputation
  • Robert Wood (MPhil) 2006 Motivations and machinations : Gracchan opponents, supporters and Asia
  • Bronwyn Hopwood (PhD) 2005 Heres esto: Property, Dignity, and the Inheritance Rights of Roman Women 215 BC-AD 14

Current projects

  • Marcus Antonius(Routledge).
  • Livia and the Women of Rome(Oxford University Press, ‘Women in Antiquity’ series).
  • The Alternative Augustan Age(editor with Kit Morrell and Josiah Osgood, Oxford University Press).
  • Lazer, E., Canigula, R., Vu, D., Middleton, A., Luyck, S., Babino, G., and Welch, K., ‘The CT Scans and X-ray Analysis of the Casts’ in Osanna, M. (ed.), Il Grande Projetto di Pompeii.
  • (in press) ‘History Wars: who avenged Caesar and why does it matter’, in I. Gildenhard et al. (eds), Augustus and the Destruction of History (Oxford University Press).
  • (in press) ‘The Lex Pedia of 43 BCE and its aftermath’, in Westall, R. (ed.), The Roman Civil Wars. Hermathena 2018.
  • (under review) ‘Selling Proscription to the Roman Public’, in Rosilio-Lopez, C. (ed.), Public Opinion in Roman Politics.
  • (under review) ‘Shields of Virtue(s)’, in Morrell, K., Osgood, J., and Welch, K. (eds), The Alternative Augustan Age (Oxford University Press).
  • (under review) ‘Marcus Antonius and the Platonic Virtues’
  • (under review) ‘Excavating Polemic: Appian and Cicero’, Greece and Rome.
  • ‘Dio and the Virtues’, in Osgood, J., and Baron, C. (eds), Dio and the Late Republic.
  • ‘Women and Civil War: a longer view’, in Havener, W., and Gotter, U. (eds) A Culture of Civil War.
  • ‘Appian and Civil War’, in Lange, C.H., and Vervaet, F.J. (eds) The Historiography of Late Republican Civil War.
  • ‘The Fall of the Roman Republic’, in Rosenstein, N. (ed.) The Oxford History of the Roman World.

Selected Presentations

  • January 2018. SCS Boston. Presenter: ‘What was he thinking: Antonius and the Parthian Expedition 36-34 BCE’.
  • May 2017. Dio and the Late Republic (Georgetown University, Fiesole Campus, Italy). Keynote Speaker: ‘Dio and the Virtues’.
  • June 2017. A Culture of Civil War (University of Heidelberg/Konstanz). Presenter: ‘Women and Civil War: a longer view’.
  • October 2016. First Symposium Campanum: The Alternative Age of Augustus (Cuma, Italy). Leading convener and funded speaker: ‘The Shield of Virtues Revisited’.
  • September 2016. Public Opinion in Roman Politics (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla). Invited funded speaker: ‘Selling Proscription to the Roman Public’.
  • June 2016. Celtic Conference in Classics: Panel: Coins of the Roman Revolution (49BC – AD 14): Evidence without Hindsight (Dublin, Ireland). Invited presenter: ‘Primores Feminae: Women on the Coins, 40-29BC’.
  • April 2016. Classical Association Annual Meeting (Edinburgh, UK). Presenter: ‘Marcus Antonius and the Provinces: politics, legislation and survival’.
  • January 2016. Politics and Power in the Early Roman Republic (509 - 264 BC) (Auckland, NZ). Presenter: Dionysius on Veturia: a civil war myth?
  • June 2015. The Poetics of War: Remembering Conflict from Ancient Greece to the Great War: Panel: Rome: Remembering Wars Imperial and Civil (UCL, London). Invited funded speaker: ‘Marcus Antonius: the alternative princeps’.
  • September 2014. Augustus from a Distance (Sydney, Australia). Leading convener and presenter: ‘The Shield of Virtues Revisited’.
  • April 2014. Classical Association Annual Meeting (Nottingham, UK). Presenter: ‘The Virtuous Marcus Antonius’.
  • September 2013. Augustus and the Destruction of History (Kings College Cambridge, UK). Invited funded speaker: ‘History Wars: who avenged Caesar and why does it matter’.
  • September 2012. Ancient Literary and Visual Representations of Civil War Conference (Margherita di Savoia, Italy). Keynote Speaker: ‘A Vocabulary of Murder: the Lex Pedia and its aftermath’.
  • April 2012. Classical Association Annual Meeting (Exeter, UK). Presenter and panel convener: ‘Why Bibulus: choosing a naval commander in 48BC’.
  • February 2012. Friends of the Museum of Antiquities annual address (ANU, Australia). Occasional speaker: ‘On being eternal: discovering ancient Rome in the modern city’.

Academic Distinctions

  • 2017 Visiting Scholar, University of Heidelberg
  • 2017 Thompson Fellowship, University of Sydney
  • 2016 Visiting Scholar, Merton College
  • 2003 Senior Visiting Fellow, Australian Centre for Numismatic Studies, Macquarie University
  • 1999 Research Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Fellowship
  • 1993–1994 Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow, Exeter University UK

Conference Organisation

  • 2016 The Alternative Augustan Age, First Symposium Campanum (Cuma, Italy).
  • 2014 Augustus from a Distance, University of Sydney
  • 2010 Appian and the Romans, University of Sydney

Selected grants

2017

  • Livia and the Women of Rome; Welch K; DVC Research/Thompson Fellowships.

2014

  • Augustus from a Distance - Conference grant - Ian Potter Foundation; Welch K; Ian Potter Foundation/Travel Support.

2010

  • Appian and Roman Imperialism; Welch K, Rich J; DVC Research/International Visiting Research Fellowship (IVRF).

2007

  • Speaking Roman Writing Greek: Appian and the Fall of the Roman Republic; Welch K; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

2006

  • Magnus Pius: Sextus Pompeius and the transformation of the Roman Republic; Welch K; University of Sydney/Research & Development.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Welch, K. (2012). Magnus Pius: Sextus Pompeius and the Transformation of the Roman Republic. Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.

Edited Books

  • Welch, K. (2015). Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K., Hillard, T. (2005). Roman Crossings: Theory and Practice in the Roman Republic. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K., Powel, A. (2002). Sextus Pompeius. United Kingdom: Gerald Duckworth & Co and The Classical Press of Wales.

Book Chapters

  • Welch, K. (2015). Appian and the Roman History: A Reappraisal. In Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War, (pp. 1-13). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2015). Programme and Narrative in Civil Wars 2.118-4.138. In Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War, (pp. 277-304). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2011). Velleius and Livia: making a portrait. In Eleanor Cowan (Eds.), Velleius Paterculus: Making History, (pp. 309-334). Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2009). Alternative Memoirs: Tales from the 'Other Side' of the Civil War. In Smith, Christopher; Powell, Anton (Eds.), The Lost Memoirs of Augustus and the Development of Roman Autobiography, (pp. 195-223). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2009). The Relevance of Ancient History: an Australian Perspective: sidere mens eadem mutato? In Andrew Erskine (Eds.), A Companion to Ancient History, (pp. 8-10). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [More Information]
  • Welch, K. (2005). Lux and Lumina in Cicero's Rome: a metaphor for the res publica and her leaders. In Welch, K and Hillard, T (Eds.), Roman Crossings: Theory and Practice in the Roman Republic, (pp. 313-337). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2002). Both sides of the coin: Sextus Pompeius and the so-called Pompeiani. In Anton Powell and Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Sextus Pompeius, (pp. 1-30). United Kingdom: Gerald Duckworth & Co and The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2002). Sextus Pompeius and the REs Publica in 42-39 BC. In Anton Powell and Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Sextus Pompeius, (pp. 31-64). United Kingdom: Gerald Duckworth & Co and The Classical Press of Wales.

Journals

  • Welch, K., Mitchell, H. (2013). Revisiting the Roman Alexander. Antichthon, 47, 80-100. [More Information]
  • Welch, K. (2012). Dealing with Caesar: Finding Politics between 42 and 27 BC. Antichthon, 46, 126-149. [More Information]
  • Welch, K. (2008). Maiestas Regia and the Donations of Alexandria. Mediterranean Archaeology, 19/20, 181-192.
  • Welch, K. (2008). Nimium Felix: Caesar's Felicitas and Cicero's Philippics. Prudentia, 37 - 38, 181-213.

Conferences

  • Welch, K. (2010). Pietas, Pompeiani and Cicero's Thirteenth Philippic. ASCS 31 - Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Perth, WA: University of Western Australia, Classics and Ancient History.

2015

  • Welch, K. (2015). Appian and the Roman History: A Reappraisal. In Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War, (pp. 1-13). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2015). Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2015). Programme and Narrative in Civil Wars 2.118-4.138. In Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War, (pp. 277-304). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.

2013

  • Welch, K., Mitchell, H. (2013). Revisiting the Roman Alexander. Antichthon, 47, 80-100. [More Information]

2012

  • Welch, K. (2012). Dealing with Caesar: Finding Politics between 42 and 27 BC. Antichthon, 46, 126-149. [More Information]
  • Welch, K. (2012). Magnus Pius: Sextus Pompeius and the Transformation of the Roman Republic. Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.

2011

  • Welch, K. (2011). Velleius and Livia: making a portrait. In Eleanor Cowan (Eds.), Velleius Paterculus: Making History, (pp. 309-334). Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.

2010

  • Welch, K. (2010). Pietas, Pompeiani and Cicero's Thirteenth Philippic. ASCS 31 - Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Perth, WA: University of Western Australia, Classics and Ancient History.

2009

  • Welch, K. (2009). Alternative Memoirs: Tales from the 'Other Side' of the Civil War. In Smith, Christopher; Powell, Anton (Eds.), The Lost Memoirs of Augustus and the Development of Roman Autobiography, (pp. 195-223). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2009). The Relevance of Ancient History: an Australian Perspective: sidere mens eadem mutato? In Andrew Erskine (Eds.), A Companion to Ancient History, (pp. 8-10). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. [More Information]

2008

  • Welch, K. (2008). Maiestas Regia and the Donations of Alexandria. Mediterranean Archaeology, 19/20, 181-192.
  • Welch, K. (2008). Nimium Felix: Caesar's Felicitas and Cicero's Philippics. Prudentia, 37 - 38, 181-213.

2005

  • Welch, K. (2005). Lux and Lumina in Cicero's Rome: a metaphor for the res publica and her leaders. In Welch, K and Hillard, T (Eds.), Roman Crossings: Theory and Practice in the Roman Republic, (pp. 313-337). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K., Hillard, T. (2005). Roman Crossings: Theory and Practice in the Roman Republic. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.

2002

  • Welch, K. (2002). Both sides of the coin: Sextus Pompeius and the so-called Pompeiani. In Anton Powell and Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Sextus Pompeius, (pp. 1-30). United Kingdom: Gerald Duckworth & Co and The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K., Powel, A. (2002). Sextus Pompeius. United Kingdom: Gerald Duckworth & Co and The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Welch, K. (2002). Sextus Pompeius and the REs Publica in 42-39 BC. In Anton Powell and Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Sextus Pompeius, (pp. 31-64). United Kingdom: Gerald Duckworth & Co and The Classical Press of Wales.

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