- First Name
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- United States
- Wake Forest University, Department of Classics
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- Ancient Cultures and Religions, ANEE Archaeology, Digital Archaeology, Eastern/Western Mediterranean, Egypt, Hellenistic and Roman Periods, Historiography, Imperial Villas, Isis, Serapis
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- About Me
Dr. Vivian A. Laughlin is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University. She is a broadly trained Archaeologist and Anthropologist of the Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Western European regions. Her research and interests hone the geographical receptions and transformations that derived from North Africa, specifically ancient Egypt, that became wide-spread during the Hellenistic and Roman periods in lands located east and west of the Mediterranean.
Dr. Laughlin has three digital archaeology projects, which is another passion of hers. An ancient mapping project called, The Serapian and Isiac Trails. And, two legacy Jordanian excavation projects entitled, Roman Aqaba Project 2.0: A Legacy of Cultural Heritage, and Sustaining the Cultural Heritage Legacy of Tell Nimrin.
Amongst other scholarly publications, she is currently turning her dissertation into a book.
- Recent Publications
PUBLICATIONS (ORCiD: 0000-0002-6270-2986)
I. Book – In Preparation
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2025. The Appropriation of the Ancient Egyptian Isis and the Hellenistic-Egyptian Serapis. Dissertation-to-Book pending publication.
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2019. The Appropriation of the Hellenistic-Egyptian Cult of Serapis: A Multi-Disciplinary Study Focusing on Augustus, Nero, Hadrian, Their Coinage, and Villas.D. Dissertation. Andrews University, Michigan. ProQuest (Embargoed).
III. Articles and Book Chapters
A. Peer Reviewed
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2016. The Architectural Patronage and Political Prowess of Herod the Great. JAHA 3: 13-24.
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2015. A Brief Overview of al Jinn within Islamic Cosmology and Religiosity. JAMS 11: 67-78.
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2014. The Buddha and The Christ: Looking at Jesus through Buddhist Eyes. JAMS 10: 78-87.
B. In Press
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2024. Hymnic Narrative of the Miraculous Deeds of Isis (aretalogy, IK Kyme-41). in Prayer in the Ancient World, ed. Eric Orlin. Leiden: Brill.
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2023. Ancient Egyptian Cultic Paradigms During the Hellenistic and Roman Periods. Journal of Eastern Mediterranean Archaeology and Heritage Studies.
C. In Preparation
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2025. Military Influences within Ancient Religions around the Mediterranean.
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2024. Rituals: An Introduction of Rituals and its Theories of Praxis. in Routledge Handbook of the Ancient Near East and the Social Sciences, eds. Jason M. Silverman and Emanuel Pfoh. London: Routledge.
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2024. The Story of Isis. in Horvat Midras Excavations, ed. Orit Peleg-Barkat.
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2024. Interpretatio Graeca and Romana’s Role with the Pax Deorum in Ancient Mediterranean Societies. Why Should I Care? Studying the Ancient World in the 21st Century, eds. Megan Lewis and Joshua Bowen. Oxford: Archaeopress.
IV. Book Review
- Laughlin, Vivian A. 2023. Review of Continuity and Rupture in Roman Mediterranean Gaul: An Archaeology of Colonial Transformations at Ancient Lattara, by B. P. Luley. Rhea Classical Reviews.
- Media Coverage
- Country Focus
- Egypt, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan
- Expertise by Geography
- Africa, Asia, Mediterranean, Middle East, Western Europe
- Expertise by Chronology
- Expertise by Topic
- Art & Architectural History, Colonialism, Local & Regional, Material Culture, Military, Museums, Politics, Race, Religion, Slavery, Technology, Women