John R. Clarke John R. Clarke Professor Clarke received his Ph.D. from Yale University. In 1980 he began teaching at The University of Texas at Austin, where his teaching, research, and publications focus on ancient Roman art and archaeology, art-historical methodology, and contemporary art. Clarke has seven books and over 100 essays, articles, and reviews to his credit. The books include Roman Black-and-White Figural Mosaics (1979; rev. ed. 2006); The Houses of Roman Italy, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250: Ritual, Space, and Decoration (1991); Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250 (1998);  Art in the Lives of Ordinary Romans: Visual Representation and Non-elite Viewers in Italy, 100 B.C.-A.D. 315 (2003); Roman Sex, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250 (2003); Roman Life:100 BC-AD 200 (2007); and Looking at Laughter: Humor, Power, and Transgression in Roman Visual Culture, 100 B.C.-A.D. 250 (2007). He is co-director of the Oplontis Project.


 Michael Thomas Michael L. Thomas Michael L. Thomas received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, where he is now the Director of the Center for the Study of Ancient Italy (CSAI). He has taught at UT Austin, Southern Methodist University, the University of Michigan, and held a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Tufts University. He currently serves on the advisory council for the Meadows Museum of Art in Dallas. Thomas’s teaching and research focus on Etruscan and Roman Italy. He has excavated in Italy for 18 years and he currently co-directs CSAI’s two Italian projects: the Oplontis Project and the Mugello Valley Archaeological Project/Poggio Colla Field School in Tuscany. His publications include articles in the Journal of Roman Archaeology, the American Journal of Numismatics, Etruscan Studies, and the Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, and a forthcoming book on the architecture at Villa A at Oplontis. He also co-edited a forthcoming book entitled Monumentality in Etruscan and Early Roman Architecture (2012) that will be published by UT Press.