Color photograph of the head and torso of a light skinned man wearing a green polo shirt and smiling at the camera

John N. N. Hopkins

Frances Barker Tracy/Samuel H. Kress Foundation/Helen M. Woodruff Fellowship of the Archaeological Institute of America Pre-Doctoral Rome Prize (year two of a two-year fellowship)
September 8, 2008–August 7, 2009
PhD Candidate, Department of Art and Art History, University of Texas at Austin
Project title
The Topographical Transformation of Archaic Rome: A New Interpretation of Architecture and Geography in the Early City
Project description

Between the mid seventh and early fifth centuries BC, Romans created the vast central plain that would become the Forum Romanum. They founded the first roads, drainage systems, and most enduring temples in their city’s history. They also altered Rome’s very geography and began employing enduring tectonics, effectively setting the foundations and the standard for the city’s subsequent building programs. My project will be to complete my dissertation, in which I assemble archeological and literary evidence for this topographical transformation and consider why at this time Romans wanted and were able to so transform their city.