Sarah Bond

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Sarah Bond
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Academic background
EducationPhD., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
ThesisCriers, Impresarios, and Sextons: Disreputable Occupations in the Roman World (2011)

Sarah Emily Bond is a professor of history at the University of Iowa.[1] Her research focuses on late Roman history, epigraphy, law, topography, GIS, and digital humanities.[1]


Bond received her PhD in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2011.[2] Her doctoral thesis was entitled Criers, Impresarios, and Sextons: Disreputable Occupations in the Roman World.[3] Her PhD was supervised by Professor Richard Talbert. Bond received a master's degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 2007.[4] She was awarded a BA in Classics and History from the University of Virginia in 2005.[5]


Bond is the author of numerous articles on tradesmen and law in the later Roman empire, and her first monograph, entitled Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean, was published in 2016 by University of Michigan Press.[6] A review found it to have made a "significant advance in our understanding of attitudes and reality throughout antiquity."[7]

Bond was appointed assistant professor of classics at the University of Iowa in 2014,[8] after holding an assistant professorship in Ancient and Early Medieval History at Marquette University from 2012.[9] She is chair of the Society for Classical Studies communication committee, associate editor for the Digital Humanities' Pleiades Project and co-Principal Investigator for the Big Ancient Mediterranean Project.[10][8] She is also a member of the executive committee for the American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy for the period 2018–2021.[11] As of July 2019, Bond is no longer part of the University of Iowa Classics Department, and has taken up appointment as an associate professor with the history department.

Bond is a strong advocate for academic public scholarship and sustains a high level of visibility on social media. She has more than 25,000 followers on Twitter, and maintains her blog, History From Below.[12] She is the editor-in-chief of the Blog for the Society for Classical Studies.[13] She is a regular contributor to, and she has written for Forbes, The New York Times, and The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the online Classics journal Eidolon.[14][15] Bond created the website Women of Ancient History (WOAH), a crowd-sourced digital map and catalog of women who specialize in classical and biblical history.[16] In April 2019 she appeared on a segment on Full Frontal with Samantha Bee talking about polychromy on ancient statues.[17]

She is an editor of The Los Angeles Review of Books. It was in that role she commissioned literary historian Mary Rambaran-Olm to write a review of The Bright Ages: A New History of Medieval Europe, which she then declined to publish after editorial disagreements. Rambaran-Olm later posted the review, and some of her email correspondence with the editors, online. Bond pushed back against Rambaran-Olm's version of the event, but after Rambaran-Olm suffered racist attacks on social media she apologised, condemned the racism and deleted her Twitter account.[18]


In 2019 she won the Society for Classical Studies' Outreach Prize for Individuals.[12] In her commendation, the SCS praised her expertise on 'an impressive array of subjects with the varied goals of inspiring curiosity and self-reflection...the work Prof. Bond does is highly intelligent—true public scholarship—and a tribute to our discipline.'[12]



  • Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professionals in the Roman Mediterranean (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2016)

Articles and book chapters[edit]

  • 'This is Not Sparta. Why the Modern Romance with Sparta is a Bad One', Eidolon (May 2018)[19]
  • 'Pseudoarchaeology and the Racism Behind Ancient Aliens', (November 2018)[20]
  • 'Work and Society from the Principate to Late Antiquity: 44 BCE-565 CE', A Cultural History of Work in Antiquity: Volume I: The Ancient World, 500 BC-800 AD, edited by Ephraim Lytle (London: Bloomsbury Press, 2018)
  • 'The Corrupting Sea: Law, Violence, and Compulsory Professions in Late Antiquity', A History of Anticorruption: From Antiquity to the Modern Era, ed. by Ronald Kroeze, André Vitória and Guy Geltner (Oxford University Press, 2018), 49-64
  • (with T. H. M. Gellar-Goad) 'Foul and Fair Bodies, Minds, and Poetry in Roman Satire', Disability in Antiquity, ed. by Christian Laes (London: Routledge, 2017)
  • 'Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu', Forbes (January 2017)[21]
  • 'Whitewashing Ancient Statues: Whiteness, Racism And Color In The Ancient World', Forbes (April 2017)
  • 'Why We Need to Start Seeing the Classical World in Color', Hyperallergic (June 2017)
  • 'What 'Game Of Thrones' Gets Right And Wrong About Eunuchs And Masculinity', Forbes (August 2017)[22]
  • 'Currency and Control: Mint Workers in the Later Roman Empire', Work, Labor and Professions in the Roman World, edited by Koen Verboven and Christian Laes (Leiden: Brill, 2016) 227-245
  • (with Peter Martens) 'Review article of A. Di Berardino et al., Historical Atlas of Ancient Christianity', Journal of Early Christian Studies 24.4 (Winter, 2016), 601-607
  • 'Curial Communiqué: Memory, Propaganda, and the Roman Senate House', Aspects of Ancient Institutions and Geography: Studies in Honor of Richard J.A. Talbert, Lee L. Brice and Daniëlle Slootjes (Leiden: Brill, 2015)
  • '‘As Trainers for the Healthy’: Physical Therapists, Anointers, and Healing in the Late Latin West', Journal of Late Antiquity 8.2 (Fall, 2015), 386-404
  • 'Altering Infamy: Status, Violence, and Civic Exclusion in Late Antiquity', Classical Antiquity 33.1 (April, 2014), 1-30
  • 'Mortuary Workers, the Church, and the Funeral Trade in Late Antiquity', Journal of Late Antiquity 6.1 (Spring, 2013), 135-151

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sarah E. Bond | History | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | The University of Iowa". Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  2. ^ "Sarah E. Bond | Department of Classics | College of Liberal Arts & Sciences | The University of Iowa". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  3. ^ Bond, Sarah (2011). Criers, Impresarios, and Sextons: Disreputable Occupations in the Roman World (Thesis).
  4. ^ Bond, Sarah (2007). Ob Merita: the epigraphic rise and fall of the civic patrona in Roman North Africa (Thesis).
  5. ^ "Bond | Department of Classics". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  6. ^ Cuomo, Serafina. "Review of: Trade and Taboo: Disreputable Professions in the Roman Mediterranean". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. ISSN 1055-7660. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  7. ^ Knapp, Robert C. (2017-12-22). "Trade and Taboo. Disreputable Professions in the Roman Mediterranean by Sarah E. Bond (review)". American Journal of Philology. 138 (4): 754–758. doi:10.1353/ajp.2017.0041. ISSN 1086-3168. S2CID 165583461.
  8. ^ a b Elliott, Tom (2014-08-13). "Sarah Bond joins editorial board". Pleiades: a gazetteer of past places. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  9. ^ Bond, Sarah E., Curriculum Vitae, retrieved 28 February 2019
  10. ^ Bond, Sarah (2018-01-20). "Sarah Bond". Society for Classical Studies. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  11. ^ "Executive Committee". ASGLE: The American Society of Greek and Latin Epigraphy | Société americaine d'épigraphie grecque et latine. 2016-01-10. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  12. ^ a b c "2019 Outreach Prize Citations". Society for Classical Studies. 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  13. ^ "SCS Blog Credits". Society for Classical Studies. 2018-06-30. Retrieved 2019-07-22.
  14. ^ "Sarah E. Bond (U. of Iowa), "Signs of the Times: Fighting the Alt-Right with Public History and Classics" | Department of Classics". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  15. ^ "Sarah E. Bond". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  16. ^ "Women of Ancient History – a crowdsourced list of female ancient historians". Retrieved 2018-12-07.
  17. ^ "Watch Two Hilarious Comedians Visit the Met to Discover the Truth Behind the Alt-Right's Whitewashing of Classical Sculpture". artnet News. 2019-04-09. Retrieved 2019-05-20.
  18. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (2022-05-07). "Medieval Scholars Spar on a Modern Battlefield: Twitter". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 8 May 2022. Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  19. ^ Bond, Sarah E. (7 May 2018). "This Is Not Sparta". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  20. ^ "Pseudoarchaeology and the Racism Behind Ancient Aliens". 13 November 2018. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  21. ^ Bond, Sarah. "Dear Scholars, Delete Your Account At Academia.Edu". Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  22. ^ Bond, Sarah. "What 'Game Of Thrones' Gets Right And Wrong About Eunuchs And Masculinity". Retrieved 7 December 2018.