Clifford Ando

David B. and Clara E. Stern Distinguished Service Professor; Professor in the Departments of Classics and History, and in the College
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Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1996
Research Interests: Roman history; Roman religion; legal history; contemporary social theory; the history of political thought; metaphor and cognition

Clifford Ando’s research focuses on the histories of religion, law and government in the ancient world. His first work centered on the history of political culture in the provinces of the Roman empire, and he continues to write and advise on topics related to provincial administration, the relationship between imperial power and local cultural change, and the form and structure of ancient empires. He has also written extensively on ancient religion. Significant themes were the connection of religion to empire and imperial government, especially in relation to pluralism and tolerance; and problems of representation in the use of objects in ritual. His current projects include a study of Latin as a language of the law from the mid-Republic to the end of Rome; a collaborative edition of the surviving Roman statutes; and, long term, a study of legal theory in contexts of weak state power.

Recent Publications

  • Editor, with William P. Sullivan, The Discovery of the Fact. Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press, 2020.
  • Editor, with Seth Richardson, Ancient States and Infrastructural Power. Europe, Asia and America. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017.
  • Roman Social Imaginaries.  Language and Thought in Contexts of Empire. Robson Classical Lectures. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015.
  • Law, Language and Empire in the Roman Tradition. Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.
  • Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire. Classics and Contemporary Thought 6. Berkeley: The University of California Press, 2000.