Michael J. Taylor

Visiting Lecturer
Office Hours: 
Thursday, 2–4 p.m. (Spring 2018)
2222 Dwinelle

A.B. Princeton University, 2005
M.A .University of California, Berkeley, 2009
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 2015

Curriculum Vitae: 
Research Interests: 

The Roman Republic

Hellenistic Kingdoms, especially the Seleucid Empire

Ancient Military History

The Roman Army

War, Imperialism and the State

I am broadly interested in the history of state power in the Roman Republic and Hellenistic World. My recent work has focused especially on the Roman army in the Middle Republican period.

Representative Publications: 

“Democracy in the Roman Army: The Election of Centurions in the Republican Period.” Ancient Society.

“Tactical Reform in the Late Roman Republic: The View from Italy.” Historia. Forthcoming.

“Reconstructing the Battle of Zama, 202 BC.” The Classical Journal. Forthcoming.

“State Finance in the Middle Roman Republic: A Reevaluation.” American Journal of Philology 138 (2017), 143-180.

“Etruscan Identity and Service in the Roman Army: 300-100 BCE.” American Journal of Archaeology 121 (2017), 275-292.

“The Battle Scene on Aemilius Paullus’s Pydna Monument: A Re-evaluation.” Hesperia 85 (2016), 559-576.

“The Attalid Victory at Magnesia on a Lost Plaque from Pergamon.”Anatolian Studies 66 (2016), 81-90.

“Visual Evidence for Roman Infantry Tactics.” Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome 59/60 (2014/15), 103-120.

“Sacred Plunder and the Seleucid Near East.” Greece and Rome 61 (2014), 222-241.

“Roman Infantry Tactics in the Mid-Republic: A Reassessment.” History 63 (2014), 301-322.


Semester Course Title Syllabus
Spring 2018 100AP Warfare and the Ancient World
Summer 2018 106A The Roman Republic
Summer 2017 106A The Roman Republic
Fall 2017 106A Ancient Rome: The Roman Republic