Professor Emeritus of History
Dr. Hall has written the definitive history of Roman Beirut which from the time of Augustus to Justinian was a center of the study of Roman law. Her book presents a full portrait of the city--its economy, religious transformation from pagan to Christian, and the population's occupations as artisans, merchants and legal experts. She also has researched the neighboring city of Tyre, the importance of the emperor Septimius Severus, and the social evidence of legal texts, like the Theodosian Code. Dr. Hall's other major research area focuses on the conversion of the Emperor Constantine as evidenced in 4th century texts ranging from the writings of Eusebius and a figural poet named Publilius Optatianus Porfyrius.
Areas of Research Specialization
- History of Roman Beirut and Roman law
- Constantine and Christianization
- Translation of Late Ancient Latin texts
Areas of Teaching Specialization
- Roman history
- History of Late Antiquity and Byzantium
- Ancient Greek History
B.A. in Ancient Languages at College of William and Mary, 1964
M.A. in History at University of South Florida, 1990
Ph.D. in History at The Ohio State University, 1996
- Roman Berytus
Roman Berytus: Beirut in Late Antiquity. London and New York: Routledge, 2004; paperback and Kindle, 2008.
- Article on the Theodosian Code
“Clyde Pharr, the Women of Vanderbilt, and the Wyoming Judge: The Story behind the Translation of the Theodosian Code in Mid-Century America,” Roman Legal Tradition 8 (2012): 1-42,
- Conversion of Constantine
“Cicero’s Instinctu Divino and Constantine’s Instinctu Divinitatis: The Evidence of the Arch of Constantine for the Senatorial View of the ‘Vision’ of Constantine,” Journal of Early Christian Studies 6:4 (1998) 647-671.