National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Hazel Dodge

Affiliation: Trinity College Dublin

Hazel Dodge is the Louis Claude Purser Senior Lecturer in Classical Archaeology with Trinity College Dublin, and holds her degrees from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  Her research interests are construction techniques of the Roman Empire (particularly in the Eastern Mediterranean), Greek and Roman cities and urbanization, art and architecture, classical marble trade and use, the city of Rome, and Roman spectacle.  Recent publications include Spectacle in the Roman World (2010), Building Materials and Constructions at Leptiminus, Tunisia (to be published in 2010 as part of Final Reports of Excavations and Survey 1990-1999), and Ancient Rome: A Sourcebook (2010, with J.C.N. Coulson and C.J. Smith).  Dr. Dodge was an AIA Kress Lecturer for 2010/2011, and is returning as a Kress Alumni Lecturer for 2018/2019.


A visit to Roman sites in the Mediterranean is memorable not only because of the scale of the buildings and their survival, but also because of the very noticeable use of a wide range of decorative stones, both white and coloured. The Romans employed these in both public and private building on an unprecedented scale, being prepared to quarry them in huge quantities and transport them the length of the Mediterranean and beyond.  This practice had its origins in the capital of the empire, where Initially these stones were brought back to Rome as spoils of war and used by triumphant generals to advertise military victories and to enhance their political position.  Later, the emperors’ building projects transformed this exploitation to a level of activity never seen before or since.

This lecture will examine not only the technology involved in the quarrying and transport of these resources, but also the ideologies of imperial power and the role these stones played in transforming not only the city of Rome but also the other cities of the Roman Empire.

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

ASMOSIA (Association for the Study of Marble and Other Stones in Antiquity

H. Dodge and  B. Ward-Perkins (eds), Marble in Antiquity Collected Papers and lectures of J. B. Ward-Perkins, British School at Rome Archaeological Monograph No 6, London 1992

L. and T. Mannoni, Marble. The History of a Culture, New York/Oxford 1985

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