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Dr Daniele Miano

Ph.D. (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa)

Lecturer in Ancient History

History and historiography of Republican Rome and Italy 500BC-45BC.

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Daniele Miano is lecturer in Ancient History. He studied in Rome, Pisa, Paris and Manchester, obtaining his doctorate from the Scuola Normale Superiore at Pisa. Before coming to Sheffield, he had jobs in Oxford and Dublin. His research interests focus on the history and historiography of Archaic and Republican Rome and Italy. He has published in particular on gods and goddesses in ancient Italy, and on memorial practices and historiography in Republican Rome.

Professional Roles

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Current Research

Gods and Concepts in Ancient Italy. Daniele has worked and published extensively on ancient gods and goddesses. He is particularly interested in developing a conceptual approach to ancient divinities, partially based on the methods of conceptual history.

Myth and History in the Historiography of Early Rome. The aim of this project, for which Daniele received funding from the Irish Research Council (2014-2016) is to explore the symbiotic categories of myth and history in the historiography of early Rome. Mainly focused on the historians Livy and Dionysius of Halicarnassus, this project explores also the works of the lost historians who had written before them, and the way in which modern ideas on Roman myth and history have developed from the 18th century.

The Beginnings of Rome. Daniele is working with Prof Tim Cornell on a second edition of the seminal work The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC), whose first edition was published by Routledge in 1995.

Research Supervision

Daniele will be happy to discuss research proposals in the field of Roman Republican history and historiography.

Further information on research opportunities within the department.



The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC)
(Routledge, in preparation)

The Beginnings of Rome: Italy and Rome from the Bronze Age to the Punic Wars (c.1000-264 BC) 2nd. edition.
(Routledge, in preparation)

This publication is a collaboration with Tim Cornell for the redaction of the second edition.

Part of the Routledge History of the Ancient World series.

Fortuna. Deity and Concept in Archaic and Republican Italy
(Oxford, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017)

Fortuna. Deity and Concept in Archaic and Republican Italy.
(Oxford, Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2017)

Further details to follow.

Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Italy. Edited with Ed Bispham
(Routledge, forthcoming 2017)

Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Italy. With Ed Bispham.
(Routledge, forthcoming 2017)

Further details to follow.

Monimenta. Aspetti storico-culturali della memoria nella Roma medio-repubblicana, 6 (Bulzoni Editore, 2011)

Monimenta. Aspetti storico-culturali della memoria nella Roma medio-repubblicana, 6 (Bulzoni Editore, 2011)


Articles and Chapters

'From Saviours to Salvation. Salus in Italy", in E. Bispham, D. Miano (eds.), Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Italy, Routledge, Abingdon (forthcoming).

'Fortuna Primigenia e la salvezza. Q. Lutatius Cerco e le sortes', in C. Pisano, C. Santi (eds), Crisi e identità religiosa. Classicismo e tardo antico, Lithos, Roma (forthcoming).

'How Roman Was Victory? The goddess Victoria in Republican Italy', in G. Casadio, A. Mastrocinque, C. Santi (eds), APEX, Edizioni Quasar, Rome 2016, 109-124.

'Spreading Virtues in Republican Italy', in S. Roselaar (ed.), Processes of Cultural Change and Integration in the Roman World, Brill, Leiden 2015, 253-277.

'The Goddess Ops in Archaic Rome"', Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies 58/1 (2015), 98-127.

'Tychai of Timoleon and Servius Tullius. A hypothesis on the sources', Annali della Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. Lettere, V, 4.2 (2013), 365-378.

'Moneta. Sacred Memory in Mid-Republican Rome', in M. Bommas, J. Harrisson, P. Roy, E. Theodorakopolous (eds), Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World, «Cultural Memory and History in Antiquity» 2, Continuum Publishing, London 2012, 89-109.

'Loci memoriae. Spazio e memoria nella Roma repubblicana', Mediterraneo Antico 12/1-2 2009 (2011), 361-380.

'Roma Quadrata: un elemento pitagorico nello spazio romano?', Storia, Antropologia e Scienze del Linguaggio 24/1-2 (2009), 149-180.

Lexicon Entries & Reviews

'Cacus', 'Fides', 'Fortuna', 'Honos et Virtus', 'Indigitamenta', 'Mens', 'Pavor et Pallor', 'Pietas', 'Praestites', 'Pudicitia', 'Remus', 'Romulus', 'Salus', 'Spes', 'Virtus', Dictionnaire Universel des Dieux, Déesses & Démons, Histoire naturelle des êtres surnaturels, Editions du Seuil, Paris 2016 (forthcoming).

'Review of J.J. Lennon, Pollution and Religion in Ancient Rome', Cambridge 2014, The Journal of Roman Studies 105 (2015), 338-339.

'Tuscolo. Fonti letterarie, epigrafiche, numismatiche', in C. Ampolo (ed.), Bibliografia Topografica della Colonizzazione Greca in Italia e nelle Isole Tirreniche 21 (2012), 331-337.

'Roman Identities', Review of E. Montanari, Fumosae Imagines. Identità e memoria nell’aristocrazia repubblicana, Roma 2009, Classical Review 61/2 (2011), 547-549.


Module Leader

HST294: Rome and its Empire (14-235 AD)

As one of the most enduring among past empires, Rome has cast a long shadow. British colonial forces, the architects of American independence, and Italian Fascists have all looked to Rome for historical lessons and inspiration. Yet, what was life really like in an empire that grew from a small city-state in central Italy to stretch from Hadrian’s Wall and along the deserts of North Africa all the way to the Euphrates? How 'Roman' did the inhabitants of the empire become and did it matter?

This module provides an introduction to the themes, sources and methods involved in studying the Roman empire at the height of its power, between the consolidation of a monarchical style of government at the death of Augustus and the beginning of this government's 'crisis' in the third century. It draws on a wide variety of sources, including narrative history, letters, legal texts, inscriptions, coinage, architecture and artefacts. We will particularly focus on traditional and current scholarly debates surrounding the 'Romanisation' of the vastly different territories under Roman rule, the relationship between local and Roman identities, as well as definitions of Roman forms of 'imperialism' and strategies of cohesion.


HST2507: The Roman Republic and the making of Roman Italy (500-90 BC)

Around 90 BC, after an alliance with the Romans which had lasted centuries, the Italians decided to revolt against Rome, and were subsequently offered Roman citizenship if they laid down their arms. Italian enfranchisement represented a phase of a long process of co-existence and integration in the same geographical area of a variety of peoples and communities with extremely different languages, institutions and cultures, including Greeks and Etruscans, within a framework increasingly dominated by Rome.

The "Italian question" is one of the key elements for our comprehension of the history of Republican Rome, and it had profound consequences in the social and political crisis which led to the fall of the Republic and the institution of Imperial autocracy. How should we understand this long process of integration, its factors, and the immense cultural change it has caused? This module will present an introduction to the different peoples in ancient Italy, but it will also analyse the early history of Rome and how the Roman Republic conquered and controlled the peninsula, and with what consequences.


HST3164/3165: From Jupiter to Caesars: religions of the Romans

Did the Romans really believe in their gods? We know from the Roman orator and philosopher Cicero that some of them did not and there are cynical statements showing that some of them recognised the importance of religion for controlling their compatriots, choosing to see or not see supernatural events and prodigies depending on their political aims.

Yet religion for the Romans was all-pervasive. Every public act was also a religious one. The Greek historian Polybius described the Romans as the most religious of peoples, and we have countless documents of acts of worship towards the gods. What was the role of individuals in a religion which has been so frequently characterised in modern scholarship as formal, merely public, and essentially empty?

This module will look at the history, the institutions, the cultic practices and the most important deities of Roman religions. We will also look at religious change, discussing the introduction of gods from other places, the related question of religious tolerance, and the worship of Roman Emperors.


HST6074: Greek and Roman Gods and Goddesses

The Greeks and the Romans were, like the great majority of peoples in the ancient world, polytheist, i.e. they had many gods and goddesses. These divinities were omnipresent, and they played important roles from essential issues of public interest to the most mundane aspects of human life. In this module we will explore how we should understand these divinities, looking at different ancient sources, including mythological stories, temples, cults and votive gifts. We will consider the relationship between Roman and Greek divinities, placed very early in an established system of mutual translations (e.g. Venus = Aphrodite). We will also examine how modern scholars have looked at ancient gods and goddesses.

The two main historiographical approaches to ancient gods have been either studying all the evidence on a specific divinity in a monograph, or considering groups of divinities as structures. We will see the advantages and the disadvantages of both approaches, and discuss alternative methodologies, such as considering gods and goddesses through their association with concepts. Finally, we will see how allegory has allowed ancient gods to survive antiquity and thrive in Medieval and Renaissance art and literature.


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