Lisa M. Mignone Assistant Professor of Classics

Lisa Mignone's research focuses on the social history of the Roman Republic, especially the ongoing and interactive relationship of historical events and the sites in which they occur.

She received her PhD from Columbia University in Classical Studies, an interdisciplinary program in Ancient History, Art History & Archaeology, and Classical Philology (2010). She has an MPhil (Classical Studies) from Columbia, MA (Classics) from University of Virginia, and AB magna cum laude (Classical Philology) from Radcliffe College of Harvard University.

Mignone was awarded a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (AAR) and spent the subsequent year as a fellow at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa. She came to Brown after a year as faculty at NYU.

Mignone's ancillary training includes numismatics (American Numismatic Society), epigraphy (Oxford University), archaeology (La Sapienza/AAR and AAPP), and topography (American School of Classical Studies in Athens and AAR).

Mignone serves on Brown's Executive Committee of the Program in Ancient History

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

Books & Volumes

2016 The Republican Aventine and Rome’s Social Order  (University of Michigan Press, ISBN  9780472119882)

in proofsA. Capodiferro, L. Mignone, P. Quaranta (editors). Studi e Scavi Sull’Aventino (2003-2015). (Quasar, ISBN 9788871407241)

under contractRome’s Juno: religious imperialism and self-preservation (University of Michigan Press)


2014 “Remembering a Geography of Resistance: Aventine Secessions, then and now,” in K. Galinsky (ed.) Memoria Romana. Memory in Rome and Rome in Memory, MAAR suppl., pp. 137-150.

2016  Rome’s Pomerium and The Aventine Hill: from auguraculum to imperium sine fine,” Historia, Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte 65.4: 427–449.

2016 “The Augural Contest at Rome: the view from the Aventine,” Classical Philology 11.4: 391-405.

2017 "Living in Republican Rome, shanty metropolis," in R. Evans (ed.) Relocating Mass and Elite in Antiquity, Ashgate Publishing / Acta Classica Supplement, 100-117. (ISBN: 9781472462077)

2017 “Wohnintegration in Rom während der Republik,” in A-C. Harders and M. Haake (edd.) Die politische Kultur und soziale Struktur der römischen Republik : Beiträge einer internationalen Konferenz aus Anlaß des 70. Todestages von Friedrich Münzer, Münster, 20.–22. Oktober 2012, Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart, 232-236.

2017 “The Aventine Queen: Juno’s place in the caput mundi” in N. Laubry, S. Milanezi, and C. Sotinel (edd.), Analyse topographique du fait religieux (forthcoming)

Named Lectures & Annual Address (by invitation)

2015 Guangqi Lecture and Seminar Series, Shanghai Normal University, Guangqi International Center for Scholars, Inaugural Lecturer, Season 1. Four lectures (6/1-2: Shanghai, China)

2012 New England Ancient History Colloquium. “Zoning Rome’s Residents” (10/11: Brandeis University, MA) Sole speaker, pre-circulated paper: 21,480 words

2011 Boston Area Roman Studies Conference: Presenting the Past. “Land Confiscations in 456 BCE? Rethinking the Lex Icilia” (4/29: Boston University, MA) One of three speakers with Andrew Feldherr (Princeton) and Ann Vasaly (BU)

Conferences & Lectures (select)

2015Studi e Scavi Sull’Aventino (2003-2015)” Conference organized in collaboration with A. Capodiferro  (Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo, il Museo Nazionale Romano e l'Area Archeologica di Roma) & P. Quaranta  (Soprintendenza per i Ben Archeologici dell’Etruria meridionale) (3/24: American Academy in Rome, Italy)

2015 Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Institute of World History. “Stealing Your Enemies' Gods: Rome's Juno”  (5/28: Beijing, China)

2015 Analyse topographique du fait religieux. Centre de Recherche en Histoire Européenne Comparée, University of Paris-East Créteil. “The Aventine Queen: Juno’s place in the caput mundi” (1/30: Paris, France)

2015 American Institute of Archaeology, annual conference. "The Capitoline Hill: Space over Time”  Discussant for the session organized by Ellen Perry (Holy Cross) and John N. Hopkins (Rice) (1/9: New Orleans, LA)

2014 European Architectural History Network, Third International Meeting. Revolutionizing Familiar Terrain: The Cutting Edge Of Research In Classical Architecture And Town-Planning. “Residency Patterns and Urban Stability: a Theory and Strategy for Republican Rome” (6/21: Turin, Italy)

2013 Stanford University. “Social Differentiation and the Cityscape of Rome” (12/4: Palo Alto, CA)

2013 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Münchner Zentrum für Antike Welten, “Concord Unplanned: the case of Republican Rome” (10/21: Munich, Germany)

2013 Mass & Elite in Antiquity. 14th Unisa Classics Colloquium, University of South Africa. “Social Integration and Urban Stability in Residential Rome” (10/25: Pretoria, South Africa)

research overview

Lisa Mignone studies Roman social history, especially the ongoing and interactive relationship of historical events and the sites in which they occur. Because her area of expertise is the Roman Republic (C6-C1 BC), she draws her evidence from a wide range of sources, including history, literature, art history and archaeology. In her studies of the city of Rome, she combines urban theory with comparative evidence from other ancient cities including Pompeii, where she did field work.

research statement

Primary research interests:
~ Roman History
~ Ancient Historiography
~ Roman Religion
~ Roman Art and Archaeology
~ Urban History and Development

At present, Lisa Mignone's primary area of research is the social history of the Roman Republic.  She is especially interested in the relationship of place and historical events in the city of Rome.

Her first monograph, The Republican Aventine and Rome's Social Order (2016), reconstructs the social and urban history of Rome's Aventine Hill. Traditionally, this area of Rome has been associated with the rabble and the revolutionary proletariat. Mignone's book, on the other hand, reconstructs the residential history of the Aventine and shows the inappropriateness of reading any district of Rome, let alone the Aventine itself, as a "plebeian" area. The complexity of the pre-modern megalopolis must have been characterized by a significant degree of residential integration; thus the Aventine community would have resembled those found elsewhere within the city of Rome. In fact, the literary and archaeological evidence suggest that the societal cross-section of residents on the Aventine reflected Rome's residential patterns in microcosm.

Mignone's second major project reconsiders the significance of Roman cities' sacred boundaries, particularly Rome's augural landscape.  These have been published as a series of articles, rather than a monograph: see her articles in Historia and Classical Philology; a third article (on the topography of mythical deaths) is under review, and a fourth (an experiential approach to the pomerium) is in an advanced stage of preparation.

Mignone's second monograph, Rome's Juno: religious imperialism and self-preservationis currently under contract with University of Michigan Press.  This third major research project examines the way Romans worshiped the goddess Juno at Rome and the role of the goddess in religious imperialism. This study privileges historical, religious, archaeological (including epigraphic and numismatic) and art historical evidence to explore her cult practices rather than the role she played as a character in literary texts. An article related to this project is due to appear in N. Laubry, S. Milanezi, and C. Sotinel (edd.), Analyse topographique du fait religieux (forthcoming).

Mignone is also responsible, with Alessandra Capodiferro and Paola Quaranta, for the editing of a major volume on the archaeology of the Aventine hill: Studi e scavi sull' Aventino (2003-2015) (Quasar, forthcoming).  This volume represents the culmination of a long-term relationship Mignone has developed with the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Colosseo e l’Area archeologica centrale di Roma.  

Mignone has additional research projects on Roman urbanism, including one on the economic, demographic, urban, and social impact of the introduction of the Aqua Appia (Rome's first aqueduct).  Future work will consider the use of urban renovation as a mechanism for authoritarian control.