RESEARCH

Hadrian's Villa-Canopus & Serapeum.
Vivian A. Laughlin's dissertation entitled, “The Appropriation of the Hellenistic-Egyptian Cult of Serapis: A Multi-Disciplinary Study Focusing on Augustus, Nero, Hadrian, Their Coinage, and Villas provides an interpretive analysis exhibiting that Augustus, Nero, and Hadrian, like the Ptolemies, appropriated iconography stemming from the Hellenistic-Egyptian cult of Serapis, having resulted in hybrid forms of the cult that, perhaps, extended to them being viewed as divine beings. Her research uses historiography, numismastics, and material culture from ancient Roman elite villas that exhibit basic-to-complex influences derived from Serapis. 

Vivian's immediate goals as a Fulbright International Post-Doctoral Researcher is to research and write a monograph entitled, "Serapis and Isis in Ancient Judea and Palestine." Her post-doctoral project investigates two aspects of the cult of Serapis and Isis: First, the diasporic evidence of the Hellenistic-Egyptian cult of Serapis and Isis as they moved from Hellenistic-Egypt to Judea and Palestine; and second, indications of the cult of Serapis and Isis within a Roman imperialized ancient Judean and Palestinian society. 

Vivian's extensive travels for architectural, ethnohistorical, ethnoarchaeological, and historical archaeological research and excavations have been at the following:

AFRICA: Egypt: Agaba, Aswan, Cairo, Old Cairo, Catamaran, Giza Pyramids, Hurghada, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, Memphis, Mt. Sinai, Nuweiba, Philae, Saqqara, Sharm el Sheikh, St. Catherines, Valley of Kings. 

ASIA: Israel: Ashdod, Banyas, Bethany, Bethsaida, Bethshean, Caesarea, Capernaum, Chorazim, Church of the Annunciation, Ein Avdat, Eilat, Galilee, Gamla, Gethsemane, Haifa, Jerusalem, Katzrin, Masada, Megiddo, Mt. of Beatitudes, Mt. of Olives, Nazareth, Sepphoris/Zippori, Tabgha, Tel Arad, Tel Avdat, Tel Aviv, Tel Dan, Tel Hazor, Qumran, West Bank. Jordan: Amman, Dead Sea, Jerash, Mt. Tabor, Pella, Petra, Um El Jimal, Um Qais Palestine: Bethlehem, Jericho. South Korea: Gwanju-Bukgu, Seoul. Thailand: Bangkok. Turkey: Aphrodisias, Ephesus, Hierapolis, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Laodicea, Pergamum, Sardis. 

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne, Victoria. 

CARIBBEAN: Haiti: Baraderes, Les Cayes/LaBorde, Port-au-Prince, Port Salut.

EUROPE: Greece: Athens, Beroea, Corinth, Cenchrea, Meteora, Patmos, Philippi, Samos, Thessaloniki. Italy:  Naples, Pompeii, Rome: Ara Pacis, Arch of Constantine, Arch of Titus, Arch of Vespasian, Capitoline Museum, Colosseum, Domus Aurea, House of Augustus, Largo Argentina, Ostia Antica, Palatine Hill, Pantheon, Temple of Caesar, Roman Forum, Temple of Hercules Victor, Temple of Vespasian and Titus, Temple of Venus and Roma, Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Temple of Hercules Victor, Temple of Portunis. Sicily: Agrigento, Aidone, Armerina, Bagheria, Cefalu, Monreale, Monte Iato, Motya, Mt. Raitano, Palermo, Salemi, San Miceli, Segesta, Selinunte, Siracusa, Solunte, Villa of Casale. Tivoli: Temple of Hercules Victor, Villa Adriana, Villa D’Este. 

Vivian's research and excavations have been graciously sponsored by the following fellowships:

  • Fulbright International Post-doctoral Fellow, 2019-2021
  • Forum for Theological Exploration Fellow, 2017-2018
  • William Randolph Hearst Distinguished Fellow, 2017-2018
  • Graduate Research Fellowship. Office of Research & Creative Scholarship at Andrews University, 2016-2017
  • Pierre and Patricia Bikai Fellow. American Center of Oriental Research, 2016-2017
  • Platt Excavation Fellowship. American Schools of Oriental Research Annual Meetings, 2016-2017
  • Travel Scholarship. American Schools of Oriental Research, 2016-2017
  • Columbia University - APAHA: Hadrian's Villa Excavation Fellow, 2015-2016

Vivian's research and publications are on Academia, ORCID, and Research Gate.