American Journal of Archaeology | The Journal of the Archaeological Institute of America
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Rachel Meyers is assistant professor of classical studies in the department of world languages and cultures. She received her B.A. in classical civilization from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Duke University. Meyers has diverse research interests in the material culture and social history of the ancient Roman world. Her scholarship is centered broadly on Roman art, architecture, and social history and, more specifically, on women in the Roman world and imperial representation and propaganda. In addition, Meyers explores the processes, functions, and values of the practice of benefaction (philanthropic activity including endowments, bequests, financing construction and public works, entertainment, or other goods). Her research encompasses a large body of evidence, including marble portraits and portrait statues, coinage, architectural monuments, written documents, and inscriptions. She is currently working on projects that document and examine benefactions by women across the Roman world and sculptural displays of the imperial family in Roman Hispania.