I received the bulk of my education at Lund University, Sweden, but during shorter periods I have also had the privilege of doing research in Durham, Edinburgh, Rome and Ã…bo (Turku). My primary interests converge on the period c. 100 BC to AD 400, i.e., the Roman Empire and the contemporaneous cultures lying beyond its borders.
I will be responsible for publishing the glass of the Kalaureia program. My interest in glass stretches back some 25 years, and I have been fortunate enough to be able pursue this interest on an academic basis for the last 15 years. My doctoral dissertation Glass, alcohol and power in Roman Iron Age Scotland was based on a detailed study of all Roman glass found on Iron Age settlements in the area north of Hadrianâ€™s Wall. Previously, I have written reports on the glass from a number of sites of Roman or Roman Iron Age date in Scotland, England, Italy and Portugal. For example, I am responsible for publishing the glass from two very interesting archaeological sites: Liviaâ€™s villa at Prima Porta in the vicinity of Rome (as part of the Prima Porta Garden Archaeological Project), and from Pompeii (as part of the Swedish Pompeii Project). Besides my long-time interest in glass, I have focused on three other academic fields.
The first field is Romans and natives. I wrote my doctoral dissertation (see above) within this field of research, and the cultural contact and trade between Romans and natives living beyond the northern borders of the Empire, in Scotland and Free Germany, continue to interest me. Roman social history is of great interest to me, and I have written two monographs in Swedish on this topic. My third field of interest is ancient folklore: In cooperation with my wife, Camilla Asplund Ingemark, I have written a monograph on this topic for the wider public. Currently we are writing a scholarly monograph on Representations of Fear â€“ Reflections of Roman Mentality in Ancient Folklore, in which we discuss the verbalisation of emotion â€“ fear in particular â€“ in ancient folk narrative.