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I was born and educated in Denmark, where I completed my PhD on Pompeii. I came to Britain in 1991 to do postdoctoral research at Cambridge and UCL, and after a period of teaching at the University Leicester, I was appointed to a lectureship at King’s in 1999. In 2008 I became Professor of Roman History and since January 2010 I have been the Head of the Classics Department. 2005-8 I held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.

Research Interests

  • Roman social and political history
  • Slavery and manumission
  • Historiography
  • Reception of antiquity
  • Latin epigraphy

My research has focused on Roman social and political history, including late republican politics, Rome and Italy during the republic, local politics and social structure in Roman Italy, especially Pompeii and Ostia, and slavery and manumission. In addition I am interested in historiography, ancient as well as modern, the reception of antiquity, and in Latin epigraphy.

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Selected Publications 

  • Politics in the Roman Republic Mouritsen, H., 2017, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Key Themes in Ancient History 
  • The Freedman in the Roman World Mouritsen, H., 2011, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Plebs and politics in the late Roman Republic Mouritsen, H., 2001, Cambridge, U.K. ; New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Italian Unification: A Study in Ancient and Modern Historiography Mouritsen, H., 1998, London: Institute of Classical Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. 
  • Elections, Magistrates and Municipal Elite. Studies in Pompeian Epigraphy Mouritsen, H., 1988, Rome: L'Erma di Bretschneider. (Analecta Romana Instituti Danici Supplementum; vol. 15)