David Vincent Kimel
I was born in 1983 in Ramat Gan to an Italian-American mother and a Romanian-Israeli father. I divided my childhood between Tel Aviv and Hamden, Connecticut, where I attended Hamden Hall Country Day School. I graduated from Harvard University in 2005 with a BA in Classics, concentrating on Greek and Roman history. (I was also fortunate to end the year as the top-ranked annual debater on the national circuit, a first-time accomplishment in the history of Harvard debate.) Following graduation, I worked at the POSCO steel factory in Pohang, South Korea, hiked trails in North Korea, Japan, and China, and eventually started my own business with my best friend from college: Imperial Publishing. I’ve published a translation of Plautus’ Menaechmi, several textbooks for children (such as Ancient History from Augustus to Zoroaster and The Renaissance: Or How I Learned to Stop Praying and Start Loving Naked Statues), and drier fare such as SAT and TOEFL preparation books. In my spare time, I write historical fiction and children’s novels.
Broadly speaking I am interested in wide-ranging themes in the socio-economic history of the Roman Republic and early Roman Empire. Other subjects of interest include the general history of slavery, the economic motives for the growth and destruction of empires, and the reception of female exemplars in diverse historiographical contexts. I am also intrigued by the rise and fall of the Roman orgy as an institution that, I suggest, sought to supplant political freedom with a sense of reckless abandon against increasingly hypocritical social norms in the first and second centuries AD.