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Curriculum Vitae


B.A., History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
M.A., Classical Civilizations, Florida State University
Ph.D., History, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Bret Devereaux is an ancient historian of the broader ancient Mediterranean in general and of ancient Rome in particular. His primary research interests sit at the intersections of the Roman economy and the Roman military during the third and second centuries BCE, examining the ways that the lives of ordinary people in the ancient world were shaped by the structures of power, violence and wealth under which they lived and the ways in which they in turn shaped the military capacity of ancient states.

Some Notable Publications

  • "Strategy and Cost: Carthaginian Naval Strategy in the First Punic War Reappraised," Historia 69.4 (2020): 459-481
  • “The U.S. Military Needs Citizen-Soldiers, Not Warriors” in Foreign Policy, April 19, 2021
  • “Ancient Greece Had Hard Lessons on Partisan ‘Stasis’” in Foreign Policy, March 7, 2021
  • “The Corner That State Universities Have Backed Themselves Into” in The Atlantic, August 23, 2020
  • Courses Offered

  • Hist 106, Ancient History: Near East, Greece and Rome
  • Hist/PWAD 266, Global History of Warfare
  • Hist 226, History of Rome