Harriet Flower

Head of Mathey College
Professor of Classics
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This is my seventh year as Head of Mathey College and I am very much looking forward to working with all of you to make this an outstanding and memorable academic year. Mathey has been a special part of my life at Princeton for a long time, first as a faculty fellow, then as the parent of an undergraduate member of Mathey (class of 2013), and now as head of the college.

I have been teaching at Princeton for more than a decade, where I am Professor in the Department of Classics. I have taught a wide range of courses at different levels, from beginning Latin to ancient history, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. My research has focused on Roman history, notably memory and commemoration, the role of spectacle in Roman culture, historical periodization and how we study the past, everyday life in the city of Rome and Roman religion. A special feature of my approach to ancient Roman culture is the combination of as many types of evidence as possible, including literary texts, inscriptions, art, material culture, and coins. I regularly advise independent work on subjects in Roman history and prose literature. I previously served for three years as Departmental Representative (director of the undergraduate program) in the Classics Department.

I was born and grew up in Basel, Switzerland (at the point where Germany, France and Switzerland meet on the map) but both of my parents are English. Later I attended high school in London. My undergraduate degree in Classics is from Oxford University (where I was a member of University College) and I have a PhD in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to Princeton in 2003, I taught for nine years in the Classics Department at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA. Living in several countries and being a student in various educational systems has allowed me to think about how teaching and learning take place in a range of very different settings.

My husband Michael Flower is a native of California and is also a professor in the Department of Classics at Princeton and a faculty fellow in Mathey college. He teaches and researches about ancient Greek history and is currently serving as Director of Graduate Studies in Classics. We have been married for over 30 years and have two daughters.

I very much look forward to meeting you all and to working with you throughout the academic year. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your concerns or suggestions and to join me in the dining hall. I have an office in the Mathey College office (315 Hamilton Hall).