Professor Purcell has written widely on Mediterranean history and the ancient city of Rome. He studies many different aspects of the Roman world, from the beginnings in the archaic period to the age of the sack of Rome in AD 410. He is also interested in how ancient history can help to answer global historical questions.
- The ancient city of Rome: society, culture, economy, archaeology, topography, new discoveries
- Roman Italy: society, culture, economy, archaeology, topography, new discoveries
- The Mediterranean Sea and its history over the longer term
- Roman social and cultural history, including daily life, religion, games, food and drink, living conditions