The PROSE Awards annually recognise the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content in 54 categories. Julia Hillner’s latest publication: Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity won a 2016 PROSE Award Honorable Mention in Classics and Ancient History
Judged by peer publishers, librarians, and medical professionals since 1976, the awards are extraordinary for their breadth and depth. The 2016 PROSE Awards winners were announced February 4, 2016 at the PROSE Awards Luncheon in Washington, DC.
My new book, Prison, Punishment and Penance in Late Antiquity, published in May 2015, tracks the long-term genesis of a late antique legal penalty, forced penance in a monastery. This paper will aim to take listeners through the main arguments of the book, by focussing on a particular aspect of the penalty: its use to address ‘deviant’ female behaviour. It will discuss the treatment of women in late Roman criminal law and the role of the household and the increasingly Christian community in dealing with ‘female’ crime, to understand better why monastic penance was apparently often (but by no means exclusively) imposed on women.
Dr Julia Hillner is interviewed by Dr Richard Flower at the University of Exeter. Watch the full discussion about cruel and unusual punishments, inequality before the law and why the Romans did (and didn’t) put people in prison.
The Greco-Roman world was one of cities, many of which still shape the landscape of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East today. Yet the ancient city was not only a distinct architectural form, but also the centre of ancient people’s lives. Greek and Roman cities were arenas for politics and displays of power and status, venues for culture and entertainment and the backdrop for daily life, worship and death. Ancient ideas and politics, such as monarchy or democracy, developed in and for cities. Studying the ancient city, through its art, architecture and literature that survives today, means understanding the rise and fall of the Greek and Roman world and its heritage to modernity.
The Departments of Archaeology and History at the University of Sheffield are holding a free study afternoon for GCSE Students from local schools and colleges. You will be introduced to ancient Greek and Roman cities and given a taste of what studying History or Archaeology at University is all about. You will have the opportunity to investigate two themes from the table below in small seminar groups, taught by final-year History and Archaeology students, with Dr Julia Hillner, Dr Jane Rempel and Prof Maureen Carroll offering concluding comments.
Seminar Topics may include:
Women in the city
Houses and households
Politics in the city
City and countryside
Cities and Slavery
End of the ancient city
For more information or to book places please contact:
Linda Billam, Schools’ Outreach Support Officer, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield, email: firstname.lastname@example.org