Duane W. Roller

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Duane W. Roller (born 7 October 1946) is an American archaeologist, author, and professor emeritus of Classics, Greek and Latin at the Ohio State University.[1][2][3]


Duane W. Roller received his BA in Letters from the University of Oklahoma in 1966.[1][3] In 1968 he received his MA in Latin from the same institution.[1][3] He obtained his PhD in Classical archaeology from Harvard University in 1971.[1][3]


Roller is a professor emeritus of Classics at the Ohio State University,[1][2] retiring in 2007 but continuing lectures throughout the US.[3] In 2008 he was granted a position as a Karl-Franzens Distinguished Professor of Cultural Studies at the University of Graz in Graz, Austria.[3] He has led or participated in various archaeological excavations. These include Greco-Roman sites located in Greece, Italy, Turkey, Israel, Jordan, and northwestern Africa.[3]


Roller is the author of various works, ranging from over two-hundred scholarly journal articles and twelve published books.[3] These works include The Building Program of Herod the Great (1998), focused on Herod the Great of the Herodian kingdom of Judaea,[4] and Cleopatra: a Biography (2010), recounting the early life, reign, and death of Cleopatra VII of Ptolemaic Egypt.[2][5] His book Tanagran Studies (1989) focuses on the ancient city of Tanagra.[4] He has also published material on the history of geography with his book Ancient Geography (2015).[3]

Awards and grants

Roller has been the recipient of numerous rewards for academic work.[3] These include four Fulbright Awards for his teaching roles in India, Poland, Malta, and Austria.[3] He has also received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Geographic Society.[3]

See also


  • The Building Program of Herod the Great, California University Press, 1998.
  • The World of Juba II and Kleopatra Selene: Royal Scholarship on Rome's Asian Frontier, Routledge, 2003.
  • Through the Pillars of Herakles: Greco-Roman Exploration of the Atlantic, Routledge, 2006.
  • Cleopatra: A Biography, Oxford University Press, 2010.
  • Ancient Geography: The Discovery of the World in Classical Greece and Rome, I.B.Tauris, 2015.
  • A Historical and Topographical Guide to the Geography of Strabo, Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Cleopatra's Daughter: And Other Royal Women of the Augustan Era, Oxford University Press, 2018.
  • Empire of the Black Sea: The Rise and Fall of the Mithridatic World, Oxford University Press, 2020.


  1. ^ a b c d e Arts and Sciences Web Services (2018). "Duane W. Roller: Professor Emeritus, Emeriti." Department of Classics, Ohio State University. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Hindley, Meredith (July–August 2010). "Impertinent Questions with Duane W. Roller." Magazine of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Volume 31, Number 4. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Duane W. Roller, Professor Emeritus of Classics." Office of Academic Affairs, Ohio State University. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. ^ a b "The Building Program of Herod the Great." University of California Press. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  5. ^ Simmons, Tracy Lee (April 1, 2010). "As I Am Egypt’s Queen." The New York Times. Retrieved 12 April 2018.

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