John North Hopkins F'11, F'09

John North Hopkins
Assistant Professor
Art History & Classical Studies
Rice University

ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program 2011
New Faculty Fellow
Art History
Rice University
PhD, Art and Art History, University of Texas, Austin appointed in Art History at Rice University

Dissertation: "The Topographical Transformation of Archaic Rome: A New Interpretation of Architecture and Landscape in the Early City"

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2009
Doctoral Candidate
Art History
University of Texas at Austin
The Topographical Transformation of Archaic Rome: A New Interpretation of Architecture and Geography in the Early City

This dissertation examines monuments built in Rome between 650 and 450 BCE within the context of the Archaic Mediterranean and the history of Roman architecture. Two concerns overshadow most scholarship on architecture in the early city of Rome: Who rules it (Etruscans? Romans? Latins? kings?) and how do we link them to architectural output? Leaving questions of authorship aside, this project considers what early Romans are building, what tectonic and stylistic principles they must know to create these structures, what material and iconographic choices they are making in their construction, and who they must know to make all this possible. This study promises a new understanding of both Archaic Rome and Roman architectural history.