She was one of the "experts in various subfields" that were compiled to "evaluate whether or not the Roman imperial cult united or divided the peoples of the Roman Empire". She is a former secretary of the Williamsburg Society, Archaeological Institute of America, and president of the Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions.
Spaeth wrote her doctoral dissertation on Ceres which became a well-cited monograph, The Roman Goddess Ceres. She was a professor at Tulane University from 1987 to 2001. She is also the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions in the Cambridge Companion series. and co-editor of the Greenhaven encyclopedia of Greek and Roman mythology.
She has won awards for her work in academia.
- Spaeth, Barbette Stanley, "The Goddess Ceres and the Death of Tiberius Gracchus", Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte, Vol. 39, No. 2, 1990.
- Spaeth, Barbette Stanley (1996). The Roman goddess Ceres. University of Texas Press. ISBN 978-0-292-77693-7.
- Spaeth, Barbette S. (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Mediterranean Religions. , Cambridge University Press 2013 ISBN 9780521113960.
- Nardo, Don, and Barbette S. Spaeth. The Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Greek and Roman Mythology. San Diego, Calif: Greenhaven Press, 2002. ISBN 9780737707199.
- William and Mary faculty page
- Jonathan L. Reed (November 10, 2011). "Rome and Religion: A Cross-Disciplinary Dialogue". Retrieved November 10, 2011.
- Archaeological Institute of America website
- Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions website
- "Barbette Stanley Spaeth, The Roman Goddess Ceres", Bryn Mawr Classical Review 97.10.17
- Barbette Stanley Spaeth, The Roman Goddess Ceres (University of Texas Press, 1996).
- See, e.g., 2011 Faculty Governance Awards at William and Mary College
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