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Kathryn Langenfeld

Kathryn Langenfeld

Assistant Professor

Department of History
Office: Hardin 008

Ph.D., Classical Studies, Duke University (2017)


Ancient Rome, Ancient Mediterranean

Dr. Langenfeld specializes in the history of Ancient Rome and the Ancient Mediterranean. Her research uses history, archaeology, and literature to examine the political instability of the Late Roman Empire. Her current article and book-length projects investigate issues of political disillusionment, forgery, censorship, and espionage within the Roman imperial courts of the third and fourth centuries CE. Her research has been funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, among other institutions.

Dr. Langenfeld also has a background in archaeological excavations, field research, and study abroad programs, and has published in the field of Roman Epigraphy. She currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Mediterranean Connectivity Initiative, which uses Gephi and GIS mapping to trace the social networks that bound the ancient Mediterranean together. This collaborative project has received funding from the Ancient Catacombs Society and the Onassis Foundation.

Her teaching and outreach to students was recognized by Clemson's College of Arts, Architecture, and Humanities in 2021, when she was awarded the The John B. & Thelma A. Gentry Award for Teaching Excellence in the Humanities.

Dr. Langenfeld offers a wide range of courses in Greek and Roman Civilization, Medieval history, and the role of frauds and forgeries in modern historical methods, including HIST 3550: The Roman World, HIST 3540: The Greek World, HIST 1720: The West and the World, Part 1, and HIST 4900: Historical Hoaxes and their Impact. Her classes highlight the modern relevance of ancient and medieval history and provide students with skills to analyze ancient texts and material culture as part of broader political, literary, and cultural contexts.

Dr. Langenfeld also currently serves as the Faculty director of the Department's undergraduate History Club, which provides students with opportunities to build a community and gain pre-career training and insights from one another, faculty, and alumni.


Selected Professional Works

Journal Articles & Book Chapters (Accepted or Submitted)

“Ancient Texts and Sibylline Truths: A Reflection on Forged Documentary Evidence and its Value in the Historia Augusta.” In Beyond Deceit: Valuing Forgery and Longing for Antiquity, edited by S. McGill and J. Hopkins. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Forthcoming, 2023)

“Imperial Crisis Response and the Antiochene Magic and Treason Trials of 372 CE.” Studies in Late Antiquity, University of California Press. (Forthcoming, 2023)

“Reflexivity and Digital Praxis: Reconstructing Ostia’s Networks” in Data Science, Human Science, and Ancient Gods: Conversations in Theory and Method. Co-authored with L.A. Mazurek & R.B. Gorham. Lockwood Press. (Forthcoming)

"Epigraphic Permanence and Ephemerality: The Augustaeum Assemblage and Memory Construction at Ostia’s Caserma dei Vigili." In Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy, Vol. 18: Inscriptions and the Epigraphic Habit. Brill. (Forthcoming)

Conference Presentations (Delivered)

“Forged Letters and Court Intrigue in the Reign of Constantius II” at the joint Society for Classical Studies and Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting in San Francisco, CA Jan. 5-8th, 2022.

“Inscriptions and Permanence: Memory, Spoliation, and Social Networks at Ostia and Dion” at the North American Society for Greek and Latin Epigraphy (NACGLE) conference at Georgetown University Jan. 3-7th, 2020. Co-authored with L. Mazurek.

“’So Great was the Terror’: The Terror and Treason Trials in Rome and Antioch.” The 13th Biennial Colloquium for Shifting Frontiers in Late Antiquity. March 14-18, 2019. Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, CA.

“Conceptualizing Connectivity in Ostia Antica: the 2018 Field Season of the Ostia Connectivity Project,” co-authored with C. Concannon, L. Mazurek, A. Meyer, and R.B. Gorham. The Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting, Jan. 3-6, 2019. San Diego, CA.

“Imperial Spies and Intercepted Letters in the Late Roman Empire.” Society of Classical Studies Annual Meeting, Jan. 4-7, 2018. Boston, MA.

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