Seminars & Events

Phi Alpha Theta Regional Conference

On March 29 at George Washington University, four Saint Mary's students will present their research at the Phi Alpha Theta Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference. The history department wishes them the best of luck.

Program Highlight

Historic St. Mary's City

The Colonial History Concentration takes advantage of our special relationship with Historic St. Mary's City, the first capital of Maryland and a colonial archeological site, research facility, and museum.


SMP Spotlight

Matt Anthony, "Pickin' Up the Pieces: Country-rock and the End of the Sixties," 2013.

“My St. Mary's Project offered a way for me to merge my love of popular music with my research interests. Working closely with my mentor, Dr. Chuck Holden, gave me an in-depth insight into the work of an historian. I had the opportunity to pursue research avenues that are not typically part of the undergraduate experience, including archival work at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library & Archives in Cleveland, Ohio, and conducting oral histories with several performers from the 1960s and 1970s. Even after a year of thorough research and writing, my SMP left me feeling that I have only scratched the surface of a very rich topic which I hope will be the basis of further study as I enter graduate school."




Linda Hall
Professor of History

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Departments: History
Office: Kent Hall, Room 204
Phone: (240) 895-4434


Dr. Hall received her Ph.D. in History from The Ohio State University in 1996.

Curriculum Vitae

Spring 2014 Courses

  • HIST 104: Foundations of Western Civilization
  • HIST 383: History of the Byzantine Empire
  • Hist 475: Travel and Transformation in the Ancient and Medieval Worlds

Previous Courses

  • CORE 101.16: From Jupiter to Jesus: Change in Roman Religion syllabus
  • HIST 104: Foundations of  Western  Civilization syllabus
  • HIST 272:  Ancient Mediterranean World syllabus
  • HIST 381: History of  Greece and the Hellenistic World syllabus
  • HIST 382: History of the Roman Empire syllabus
  • HIST 383: History  of the Byzantine Empire syllabus
  • HIST 395: Theories and Uses of  History
  • HIST 435: Topics: European History  - Ancient Family syllabus
  • HIST 435: Topics: European History - Ancient City syllabus
  • HIST 435: Topics: European History  - Law and Society in the Ancient  World syllabus
  • HIST 475: Topics: Comparative, Global and Thematic  -- Travel and Transformation in the Ancient and Medieval  Worlds syllabus
  • HIST 493-494: St. Mary's Project

Prestigious Achievements

  • Author of "Clyde Pharr, the Women of Vanderbilt, and the Wyoming Judge: The Story behind the Translation of the Theodosian Code in Mid-Century America" in Roman Legal Tradition which is available at  and at
  • Author of the leading book on Beirut during the time of the Roman law school: Roman Berytus: Beirut in Late Antiquity. London and New York: Routledge, 2004.
  • Author of an important article on the evidence of the 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.
  • Author of three articles on ancient Tyre and Phoenicia in international publications, including:
    • "Rescuing the Reputation of Tyre in Late Antiquity: The Documentation of Gynaecea/Genicia as Weaving Factories, not Brothels," CHRONOS: Revue d'Histoire de l'Université de Balamand 12 (2005) 125-150.
    • "The Governors of Phoenicia as known to us from the Letters of Libanius," in "Mélanges offerts à Rey-Coquais," Mélanges de l'Université Saint-Joseph 60 (2007): 433-445.
    • "Tyre in Late Antiquity," Electrum 12 (2007): 73-87.
  • Invited lecturer for the Seminar in Late Antiquity, at Princeton University, in April 1999, on "Revising Past Paradigms: The Case of Late Antique Berytus in Phoenicia."
  • Invited key lecturer for the session on Roman Beirut, Beirut: History and Archaeology, ARAM Twelfth International Conference, American University of Beirut, Lebanon, April 1999, on "Classical Beirut through the texts."

Research Interests

Dr. Hall's research interests include the History of Rome (Republic and Empire, through Late Antiquity); History of Greece and the Hellenistic World; History of the Byzantine Empire; History of the Ancient Mediterranean World; The Ancient Family; Law and Society in the Ancient World; The Ancient City; Ancient Ethnicity; Ancient and Medieval Travel; Early Christianity and Islam; Latin language and literature (Republican through Mediaeval); and hosting the Greece Study Tour.

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