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Vivian Laughlin

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Vivian A. Laughlin graduated in May of 2019 with a Ph.D. in Ancient Near Eastern Archaeology and Anthropology and a cognate in Early Church History from Andrews University. Her research and education focused on Hellenistic and Roman culture (300 BCE-300 CE). She specialized in ancient near eastern peoples, ethnohistory, ethnoarchaeology, ancient religions, and ancient Roman architecture. In the Fall of 2019, Vivian will move to Jerusalem as a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow in order to pursue her research project, titled “Serapis and Isis in Ancient Judea and Palestine” at Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. This research will continue her dissertation’s examination of Roman emperors’ acquisition of religious and imperial influence through the appropriation of various Egyptian deities, specifically Serapis and Isis. Please feel free to follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @VivianLaughlin.

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05/10/2019Vivian Laughlin
This month, we spotlight the graduate research of Dr. Vivian A. Laughlin, who recently defended her dissertation on the Roman imperial appropriation of Serapis this spring. While excavating at Hadrian’s Villa in 2015 with Columbia University I noticed that there were various architectural designs and material culture that appeared to be influenced by Egyptian culture. Then when roaming through various parts of the city of Rome, I began to see similar aesthetic references to Egyptian iconography in many places from Augustus’ House on the Palatine to Roman imperial works within various...

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