Associate Professor of Classics, Dept Chair
Professor Jeremy Hartnett began teaching at Wabash in 2004 after graduate work at the University of Michigan and a post-doc year at Oberlin College. A specialist in Roman archaeology and social history, he studies (and frequently leads students to) sites around the Bay of Naples, most notably Pompeii and Herculaneum. Prof. Hartnett’s current book project concentrates on daily life in these cities, especially as it unfolded on their streets. A New Directions Grant from the GLCA has allowed him to study Roman street life in a broader cross-cultural context by examining public urban space in Aztec and contemporary Mexico, Renaissance Florence, pre-industrial China, and modern India. His next big project may tackle the intersection of sound and Roman urban history.
Prof. Hartnett teaches across the discipline of Classics, including both ancient languages as well as the history and archaeology of Greece and Rome. His Elementary Latin classes are renowned for a combination of jocularity and rigor (daily quizzes!), while the Classics senior seminar has wrestled with material as diverse as Roman sculpture from the Louvre, epic poetry from (who else?) Homer, and ancient artwork from the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
During the 2008-9 academic year Prof. Hartnett taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome; he now serves on the Centro’s managing committee. He has spoken about the Roman world to public audiences at the Boston Museum of Science, at the Aspen Insitute, and as an Annual Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America.
Dr. Hartnett is proud to uphold the Classics Department’s reputation for feeding hungry Wallies in grand style. Students know his gift for the grill and the pasta pot, but his family (including sons Henry and Silas) acknowledges that he is a whiz with leftovers. Prof. Hartnett’s passion for Michigan football, despite the playful ribbing of his students, still runs strong.
Ph.D. Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, 2003
M.A. Latin, University of Michigan, 1999
M.A. Classical Art and Archaeology, University of Michigan, 1999
A.B. summa cum laude, Classical Civilization, Wabash College, 1996
Latin 101/102 -- Elementary Latin
Latin 201 – Intermediate Latin (Catullus; Petronius)
Greek 201 – Intermediate Greek (Lysias 1; Plato, Apology)
Classics 103/Art 103 – Greek Art and Archaeology
Classics 104/Art 104 – Roman Art and Archaeology
Classics 106/History 212 – Ancient Rome (history survey)
Classics 212/History 310 – Self and Society in Ancient Rome (with trip to Italy)
Classics 212/History 310 – The Ancient Roman City (with trip to Italy)
Classics 400 – Senior Seminar
"Neighborhood Knowledge at the Bar: A Microhistory of the Rogatores of IX.11.2" CAMWS Annual Meetings: Iowa City; 2013
“Overhearing? Soundscapes and Society in the Roman Neighborhood” Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference: Frankfurt; 2012
“Vesuvius and its Victims” Press and VIP Preview to A Day in Pompeii, Boston Museum of Science; 2011
“Legal Prescriptions, Social Ideals, and Public Space in Ancient Rome: The Case of the Tabula Heracleensis” Bienniale dello Spazio Pubblico: Istituto Nazionale Urbanistica: Rome; 2011
“The Aesthetics of Pompeian Electoral Inscriptions: Questions and Hypotheses” CAMWS Annual Meetings: Oklahoma City (with Rebecca Benefiel, Washington and Lee University); Ides of August, Wabash College; 2010
“Street Theater in Five Acts: Pompeian Performances of Sub/Cultural Identity” Annual Meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America: Anaheim; 2010
“Wine, Watchdogs, and Wool: Streetlife in Pompeii” Kenyon College; 2010
“The Power of Nuisances on the Roman Street” in Rome, Ostia, and Pompeii: Movement and Space (2011), edited by R. Laurence and D. Newsome, Oxford University Press, 135-159.
“Excavation Photographs and the Imagining of Pompeii’s Streets: Vittorio Spinazzola and the Via dell’Abbondanza” in Pompeii in the Public Imagination From Its Rediscovery to Today (2011), edited by S. Hales and J. Paul, Oxford University Press, 246-269.
“Si quis hic sederit: Streetside Benches and Urban Society in Pompeii” American Journal of Archaeology 112.1 (2008), 91-119.
“Fountains at Herculaneum: Sacred History, Topography, and Civic Identity” Rivista di Studi Pompeiani 19 (2008), 77-89.
Society on Stage: Streets and Urban Life in Pompeii and Herculaneum (book manuscript in progress)
LaFollette Lecturer, Wabash College; 2012
McLain-McTurnan-Arnold Research Scholar, Wabash College; 2011-2012
New Directions Initiative Grant, Great Lakes Colleges Association; 2011
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend; 2011
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, “Identity and Self-Representation Among the Sub-cultures of Ancient Rome,” American Academy in Rome; Eleanor Leach and Eve D’Ambra, co-directors; 2008
Rackham Distinguished Dissertation Award, University of Michigan; 2003
Associate Fellow, Michigan Society of Fellows; 2001-2002
"Faces Past: Ancient Imaginations and the Craft of Social History" The 33rd Annual LaFollette Lecture, Wabash College; 2012 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnQ6-YP-s5E)
“$#*! This Dad Says: Reflections on Fatherhood, Learning, and Teaching” Chapel Talk, Wabash College; 2011 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELC9PkQJrsA)