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Jennifer Trimble

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Jennifer Trimble

Associate Professor of Classics
Faculty, Stanford Archaeology Center
Associate Professor by courtesy, Department of Art and Art History
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Roman Archaeology
B.A. Bryn Mawr College, 1986
M.A. Harvard University, 1993
M.A. University of Michigan, 1999
Ph.D. University of Michigan, 1999

Jennifer Trimble works on the visual and material culture of the Roman Empire, with interests in portraits and replication, the visual culture of Roman slavery, comparative urbanism, and ancient mapping.  Trimble was co-director of the IRC-Oxford-Stanford excavations in the Roman Forum (now being prepared for publication), which focused on interactions of commercial, religious and monumental space.  She co-directed Stanford's Digital Forma Urbis Romae Project, a collaboration between computer scientists and archaeologists to help reassemble a fragmentary ancient map of the city of Rome.  Her book on Womenand Visual Replication in Roman Imperial Art and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2011) was about portrait statues whose bodies are all identical; in it, she explored the role of visual sameness in constructing public identity and in articulating empire and place.  Trimble is currently at work on Seeing Roman Slaves, a monograph about the intersections of Roman visual culture and Roman slavery.  In 2020, Trimble became the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Roman Archaeology.


July 2016
Jennifer Trimble. “The Zoninus collar and the archaeology of Roman slavery.” American Journal of Archaeology 120.3 (July 2016) 447–472....
October 2011
Why did Roman portrait statues, famed for their individuality, repeatedly employ the same body forms? The complex issue of the Roman copying of Greek...