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Alyson Roy

Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Studies


305-C Administration Building



Mailing Address

History Department

University of Idaho

875 Perimeter Drive, MS 3175

Moscow ID 83844-3175

Alyson Roy is an assistant professor of ancient history and the director of graduate studies. Her research focuses on ancient Roman visual and material culture. She teaches undergraduate courses on Greek and Roman history, on mythology, and on the history of warfare, as well as graduate courses on visual culture and Greek and Roman history. She also leads a three-week study abroad program to Spain in the summer.

  • Ph.D., University of Washington, 2017
  • M.A., Northern Illinois University, 2008
  • B.A., Central Washington University, 2006

Assistant Professor Roy’s research focuses on ancient Roman visual and material culture, particularly in the Roman provinces. Her first book, Empire of Images, explores the development of a shared visual language of power in the Roman Republic that was rooted in depictions of conquest and the subjugation of foreign peoples. She recently published articles on Gallic imagery, the prestige economy in the late Roman Republic, and the impact of conquest and rebellion on the circulation of Roman coins in the Iberian Peninsula. 

  • Roman Republic
  • Roman Empire
  • Greek History
  • Ancient Mythology
  • Religions of the Ancient World
  • Visual and Material Culture
  • Military History

2023. “Commodifying Conquest in the Late Roman Republic: The Case of L. Licinius Lucullus,” Ancient History Bulletin 37.1-2.

2023. “Exchanging Memories: Coins, Conquest, and Resistance in Roman Iberia,” in M. Dinter and C. Guérin (eds.), Cultural Memory in Republican and Augustan Rome, Cambridge University Press.

2022. “Terror Gallicus: Gallic Warriors and Captive Enemies in Roman Visual Culture,” in Nuova Antologia Militare: Revisita Interdisciplinare della Società Italiana di Storia Militare no. 3, fasc. 10


NEH Institute on the Performance of Roman Comedy, Summer 2023

ThinkOpen Fellowship, 2022-2023

IHC Research Grant, 2019


Physical Address:
315 Administration Building

Mailing Address:
History Department
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 3175
Moscow, ID 83844-3175

Phone: 208-885-6253

Fax: 208-885-5221


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