Kenneth W. Harl Professor Department of History Tulane University

Kenneth W. Harl

Professor Emeritus
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B.A. Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., 1973, summa cum laude with Majors in History and Classics
M.A. Yale University, 1975, History
M.Ph. Yale University, 1977, History
Ph.D. Yale University, 1978, History


Civic Coins and Civic Politics in the Roman East, 180-275 A.D. (University of California Press, Berkeley, 1987)

Coinage in Roman Economy, 300 B.C.-700 A.D (Johns Hopkins Press, Baltimore, 1996)


Lecture Courses

  • History 2000 (Cities, Empires and Gods: Ancient Middle East before Islam)
  • History 2001 (Warring States of Greece)
  • History 2002 (Rome, the Imperial Republic)
  • History 2020 (High Roman Empire)
  • History 2030 (Early Medieval and Byzantine Civilization)
  • History 4140 (Crusades, 1095-1291)
  • History Studies 4150 (Age of the Vikings)

Reading and Discussion Seminars

  • History 3100, Select Topics in Greek History (Homer and the Trojan War, Athenian Empire, 480-404 B.C. or Sparta and Macedon in the Age of Hegemonies, 404-323 B.C. or Greek Cities, Leagues and Macedonian Kings, 323-167 B.C.) or Birth of City-States in Mediterranean World and the Near East)
  • History 3110, Select Topics in Roman History (The Making of Roman Italy, 950-264 B.C. The Punic Wars, 264-146 B.C. or Roman Revolution, 133-27 B.C. or Rome and the Jews, 167 B.C.-135 A.D. or Rome and Northern Barbarians or Great Transformation of Society and Economy, 100-1100)
  • History 3020 (formerly Colloquium History 410): Anatolian Civilizations from Catal Huyuk to Kemal Ataturk
  • History 3230 (formerly Colloquium History 403): The Great Captains, Masters in Innovation In Warfare
  • Colloquia: History 400, 401, 403, and 410 were reorganized in 2013. The topics were assigned to appropriate seminar 3000 or 6000 levels.

Research Seminars

  • History 6000 (Archaic Greece, 750-480 B.C. or Athenian Constitutional History or Alexander the Great or Greeks. Macedonians, and Persians: Birth of the Hellenistic World or Greeks in Iran and India)
  • History 6010 (Roman Imperialism and Transmarine Expansion, 264-31 B.C. or Roman Principate or Later Roman Empire or Peloponnesian and Punic Wars or Rome and the Raj: Imperial Armies, Frontiers, and Societies or Roman Imperial Army or Conflict of Pagans and Christians or Imperial Rome and Iran, or Imperial Rome and Han China or Roman Provinces or Roman Market Economy
  • History 6090 (Age of Justinian or Byzantine Dark Age or Iconoclastic Controversy or Byzantium and the Crusades)
  • History 7000 (Numismatics; graduate seminar)


Professor Harl specializes in Ancient History. He has published widely on history and numismatics, most extensively on the Imperial Roman coinage.