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Elliott Piros - Loyola Marymount University. 1 LMU Drive, CA, US

Elliott Piros

Lecturer of Classics and Archaeology | Loyola Marymount University


Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts





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Dr Elliott Piros received his PhD in Classics from UCLA in 2019 with a dissertation on the Hispano-Roman poet Martial, whose books of epigrams provide valuable and vivid evidence of social life in Imperial Rome. He has taught courses on Greco-Roman antiquity and global ancient history at several institutions: the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Western Kentucky University, Cal State University, Northridge, and UCLA. Among other things, Dr Piros researches the aesthetic dimension of Roman monetary cultures, ancient queer histories, and Roman performance genres such as the dance type known as pantomime. In teaching and publishing, Dr Piros presents the ancient Mediterranean and hinterlands in relation both to other ancient societies and to events occurring on a geological time scale. But he often finds that the best inroads into and uses of the past come from the dilemmas of the world today.

Education (3)

University of California, Los Angeles: PhD, Classics 2019

University of California, Los Angeles: MA, Classics 2015

University of Puget Sound: BA, Classical Languages and Literature 2012


Areas of Expertise (4)

Greek and Latin Novels

Roman Poetry


Roman Social and Economic History

Accomplishments (2)

Citation for Teaching Excellence (professional)

2018 Department of Classics, UCLA

David A. Lupher Philology Prize (professional)

2012 University of Puget Sound

Affiliations (1)

  • FIGLIF (First-Generation Low-Income Federation) : Founding member, provisional board member, membership coordinator

Event Appearances (3)

“Just as Honeycomb”: Queer Money in Petronius’ cena Trimalchionis

2021 meeting of the Society for Classical Studies  Online


“Full of awareness and life”: The Body of Marius Gratidianus in the Literary Tradition

50th meeting of the Classical Association of the Pacific Northwest  Eugene, Oregon


Martial and the Pantomime

Spring 2020 meeting of the North Carolina Classical Association  Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Articles (1)

The Materiality of Monetary Value in Martial’s Epigrams

Classical Antiquity

This paper examines representations of money in the epigrams of Martial. I argue that Martial’s poetics are deeply influenced by some of money’s economic functions, even if many of these functions are approached through networks of amicitia.

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