Claudia Moser

Claudia Moser
Assistant Professor

Office Hours

Winter 2019: On Leave

Office Location

Arts 2316


Roman Republican sanctuaries; altars; ancient rituals; cults and burial practices.


B.A. University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D. Brown University


Claudia Moser’s research focuses on the material culture and archaeological record of Roman religion, principally the ritual of sacrifice and the altars at which these practices took place. Her work touches on and attempts to reorient the differing approaches to the study of the materiality of religion of such scholarly disciplines as art history, classics, anthropology, religious studies, economics, and cognitive science. Fieldwork is an essential aspect of her studies of ancient religion, and she has participated in excavations in Rome, Latium, Greece, and Petra. Her publications include two co-edited volumes, Locating the Sacred: Theoretical Approaches to the Emplacement of Religion (Oxbow Books, 2014) and Ritual Matters: Material Residues of Ancient Religions (currently in preparation for the Memoirs of the American Academy Supplement Series with The University of Michigan Press). Claudia is the recipient of a Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome (2013-2014), a Memoria Romana Dissertation Fellowship (2012-2013), and a postdoctoral fellowship in archaeology at the University of Puget Sound (2014-2015). She received her Ph.D. from the Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World at Brown University in 2014. Her current work includes the preparation a book length study, Material Witnesses: The Altars of Republican Rome and Latium and the Memory of Sacrifice, an investigation of the sacrificial practices and sanctuary architecture in pre-Roman and Roman Gaul, as well as a new project on the phallus as an apotropaic symbol in Roman North Africa, Britain, and Italy.


"Sanctuary of the Thirteen Altars, Lavinium" (photo © Claudia Moser)"Excavation in progress of the Sanctuary of S. Omobono in Rome" (photo © Claudia Moser)

"Sacrificial Altar from Djemila, Algeria" (photo © Claudia Moser)"Phallic mosaic from Sousse, Tunisia" (photo © Claudia Moser)


Claudia Moser and Cecelia Feldman, eds. Locating the Sacred: Theoretical Approaches to the Emplacement of Religion. Oakville: Oxbow Books, 2014.


Undergraduate Courses

6A   Art Survey I: Ancient - Medieval
103A   Roman Architecture
103D   Introduction to Classical Archaeology
103F   Greek Art and Archaeology
186B   Seminar in Ancient Greek & Roman Art/Architecture: Roman Religion

Graduate Seminars

2015-2016   Sacred Space: Archaeological, Architectural, and Theoretical Perspectives