RESEARCH


Serapis Bust Photo: ©Vatican Museum
Vivian A. Laughlin's dissertation research showcases the instrumental usage of the Hellenistic-Egyptian Serapis cult within the expansion of the early Roman Empire from 30 B.C. - A.D. 230. Her research uses historiography, numismastics, and material culture from ancient Roman elite villas that exhibit basic-to-complex influences derived from Serapis.

Her research has many areas that she intends to expound upon. However, her immediate goals are to pursue post-doctoral opportunities to write a monograph entitled, "The Diaspora of Isis and Serapis in Ancient Judea and Palestine."

Vivian's extensive travels for architectural, ethnohistorical, ethnoarchaeological 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 (Gadera). 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: Rome: Ara Pacis, Arch of Constantine, Arch of Titus, Arch of Vespasian, Capitoline Museum, Colosseum, Domus Aurea, 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. 

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