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Assistant Professor
Pauli Murray 506
Office Hours: T/W/R 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Curriculum Vitae


Harvard University, PhD
University of Chicago, BA

Research Interests

Henry Gruber studies the ancient Mediterranean world, with particular focus on the late Roman economy and the transition from a Classical to post-Classical world. His work is deeply informed by material evidence, and reflects his experience on eleven seasons of archaeological projects in Italy, Israel, and Spain. His current book project, Wars and Rumors of War: Archaeology, Violence, and the End of Roman Spain, integrates the archaeological research that comprised his dissertation with an analysis of the particular kind of plundering violence that characterized the fall of the Western Roman Empire. Henry has subsidiary interests in ancient pandemics, especially the outbreak of bubonic plague known as the “First Plague” or “Justinianic” Pandemic; so-called “Silver Age” Latin authors like Seneca and Petronius; and social history of women in Late Antiquity, especially as revealed through hagiography. He is an ongoing participant in the Falerii Novi Archaeological Project, in Lazio, Italy.

Some Notable Publications

  • "Indirect evidence for the social impact of the Justinianic Pandemic: Episcopal burial
    and conciliar legislation in Visigothic Hispania,” Journal of Late Antiquity (Spring 2018): 193-2015