Karen Acton

​Assistant Professor of Classics
PhD, University of Michigan
research interests:
  • The History of Rome (Late Republic and Early Empire)
  • Roman Historiography
  • Roman Numismatics

contact info:

mailing address:

  • WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
  • CB 1050
  • ONE BROOKINGS DR.
  • ST. LOUIS, MO 63130-4899

Professor Acton's research interest, broadly speaking, is in how individuals, groups, or institutions held power in the Roman world.

Acton's historical research draws from a range of types of evidence, including literary texts, epigraphic sources, and material evidence, especially coins.

For more information, visit Karen Acton's department profile.

From our podcast:

Hold That Thought Podcast

The Real Antony and Cleopatra

Roman historian Karen Acton and Hold That Thought look together at the book Shakespeare used to write his play, and the texts that survive about the lovers Antony and Cleopatra.