My scholarly interests primarily concern the Roman culture – both within the Roman Empire and beyond its borders – in the period 100 BC to AD 400. Within this wider area of research I have devoted myself to a number of sub-disciplines:
• Roman glass. In addition to a monograph on Roman glass and Roman drinking-customs in the area beyond Hadrian’s Wall – Glass, alcohol and power in Roman Iron Age Scotland (National Museums of Scotland, 2014) – I have written reports on Roman glass excavated in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Israel, Scotland and Sweden.
• Ancient Folklore. Together with Camilla Asplund Ingemark I have written Representations of Fear: Verbalising Emotion in Ancient Roman Folk Narrative (Academia Scientiarum Fennica, 2020). This work can be situated within the field of the History of Emotions, and is a study of how stories of child-killing demons, witches and ghosts filled a therapeutic function in ancient society. As a point of departure we use both ancient philosophies of emotion and modern narrative therapy. In this work we also discuss emotional topography: how certain places evoke specific emotions (for example fear). We have also written a monograph – Sagor och svartkonst under antiken (Historiska Media, 2004) – on folklore and magic in the ancient world. More on Representations of Fear
• Roman Social History. I have written a monograph on daily life in ancient Rome – Liv och död i antikens Rom (2000) – with Henrik Gerding, which was shortlisted for the prestigious prize Augustpriset. In addition, I have written two other monographs: Kärlek och erotik i antikens Rom (Historiska Media, 2007, on love in ancient Rome) and Väggarnas vittnesbörd: graffiti och gravinskrifter berättar om livet i romarriket (Natur & Kultur, 2018 also on everyday life in ancient Rome – but based on graffiti and funerary epitaphs).
• Roman horticulture and agriculture; Roman culinary traditions. Together with Mikael Larsson I have written on Roman horticulture beyond the borders of Rome (finds from the Roman Iron Age site Uppåkra, southern Sweden). I have also written on the culinary traditions in Roman rural contexts.