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John Serrati

Director, Summer Institute in Classical Studies ● Adjunct Professor ● CEGEP Liaison
Degree(s) and Education: 

PhD (University of St. Andrews) 2001


John Serrati CV

Leacock, Rm 817
Office Hours: 
Fall 2013: Mondays 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. and Wednesdays 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. or by appointment
Mailing Address: 

Leacock, Rm 817
855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

514-398-4400 ext. 0307
Email Address: 
john [dot] serrati [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Professional Biography: 

My main area of research involves the modalities of Roman imperialism and early provinciae.  Here, I focus primarily on the mid- and late Republic, looking at Roman provincial administration, the economy, and the non-military expansion of control in conquered territories.  Sicily acts as a microcosm for this line of research.  Here I examine the role of Sicily in the Roman Republic and the formation of the earliest proviniciae.  Included in this project is an analysis of Cicero’s Verrine Orations.  The aforementioned areas cross over with my broader field of study, which involves the analysis monetary and non-monetary capital in the military sphere.  Here I examine the role that royal and state economies played in projections of power and in providing rulers and ruling elites the means to wage war.

Other ongoing projects include the reception of classical Sparta in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the perception of space in the early Roman forum, and a greater study of ancient imperialism.

Graduate Supervision: 

Roman Imperialism; Warfare and State Economies in the Roman Republic and the Hellenistic World; Ancienty Sicily.

I am currently supervising two master’s students:
Ms. Catherine Cournoyer: Roman Republican Gaul
Ms. Katrina Van Amsterdam: Hellenistic Ruler Cult



Fighting Techniques of the Ancient World 3000 BC-AD 500: Equipment, Combat Skills, and Tactics.  New York: St Martin’s, 2002 (co-author with S. Anglim et al.), 256 p.

Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus: New Approaches in Archaeology and History.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2000 (co-editor with C.J. Smith), 241 p.

Forthcoming Books (under contract)

Roman Imperialism in Sicily: 289-70 BC.  London: Routledge.

Rome and the Establishment of Empire: Forms of Control and the Origins of the Provincial System (327-146 BC).  Oxford: Blackwell.

Money and Power in the Roman Republic.  Oxford: Oxford University Press (co-editor with H. Beck and M. Jehne).


‘Government and Warfare’, in H. Beck (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Greek Government.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2013: 317-331.     

‘The Hellenistic Experience with War: Stagnation or Development?’, in B. Campbell and L. Trittle (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Warfare in the Classical World.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013: 179-198.

Various entries, in R.S. Bagnall et al. (eds), The Encyclopedia of Ancient History.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2012.

‘Imperial Expansion and the Fall of the Roman Republic: Post Hoc, Propter Hoc’, in D. Hoyos (ed.), The Companion to Roman Imperialism.  Leiden: Brill, 2012: 155-168.

‘Euripedes’ Bacchae and the Greek Theatre in Syracuse’, Didaskalia 9 (2012) (co-authored with R.J. Covino).

‘The Rise of Rome to 264’, in D. Hoyos (ed.), The Blackwell Companion to the Punic Wars.  Oxford: Blackwell, 2011: 9-27.

‘Neptune’s Altars: The Treaties Between Rome and Carthage (509-226 BC)’, (republication of 2006 article, infra), The Best Classical Scholarship of the Last Sixty Years: Classical Quarterly Special Issue (2011): 100-121.

‘Ancient Labour Action and the Secessio Plebis’, Locus 39.2 (2009): 51-52.

‘A Syracusan Private Altar and the Development of Ruler-Cult in Hellenistic Sicily’, Historia 57 (2008): 80-91.

‘Warfare and the State’, in P. Sabin, H. van Wees, and L.M. Whitby (eds), The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007: 461-497

‘Neptune’s Altars: The Treaties Between Rome and Carthage (509-226 BC)’, Classical Quarterly 66 (2006): 113-134.

‘Garrisons and Grain: Sicily between the Punic Wars’, in Smith and Serrati 2000: 115-133.

‘Ammianus Marcellinus on Siege Warfare’, Archaeo 4 (1997) 53-62.