William Broadhead

Associate Professor of History

MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Professor Will Broadhead is a historian of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. He specializes in the history of ancient Italy from the 4th to the 1st centuries BC, with a particular interest in relations between the Romans and the various Italian peoples subject to them. He is currently writing a book, provisionally titled Hegemony and Mobility in Roman Italy, 4th – 1st centuries BC, which examines the role of geographical mobility in the period and assesses the impact of high mobility on Roman efforts to exploit the manpower resources of their subjects in Italy. Prof. Broadhead is also a principal contributor to the Imagines Italicae project, based at the Institute of Classical Studies in London, whose three-volume publication of the Oscan, Umbrian, and other Italic inscriptions from Italy was published in 2011. He has also published a series of articles and book chapters on migration in second-century Italy and on Roman colonization.

Professor Broadhead received his PhD in Ancient History in 2002 from University College London. Before moving to MIT in 2004, he taught in the UK at University College London, Birkbeck College London, and the Universities of Nottingham and Bristol. He has also taught Roman topography at the British School in Rome and has worked on archeological excavations in Tunisia and Italy.

His teaching at MIT includes introductions to ancient Greece and Rome, an introduction to ancient and medieval empires, and elective courses on the fall of the Roman Republic, the city of Athens, the city of Rome, and ancient and modern views of Roman emperors. He is co-director of the IAP in Ancient and Medieval Italy program and of the IAP in Ancient Greece program.

Subjects Offered

Offered Spring 2021

Catalog Subject Faculty Level HASS Category

The Ancient World: Rome

Lecture: MW 12-1 VIRTUAL
Recitation 1: R 12-1, VIRTUAL
Recitation 2: F 1-2, VIRTUAL
William Broadhead Introductory HASS-H CI-H

The Making of a Roman Emperor

TR 3:30-5, VIRTUAL
William Broadhead Seminar HASS-H

Not Offered This Term

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The City of Athens in the Age of Pericles

Not offered regularly; consult department
William Broadhead Intermediate HASS-H

The City of Rome in the Age of the Caesars

William Broadhead Intermediate HASS-H

Julius Caesar in the Fall of the Roman Republic

William Broadhead Seminar HASS-H