Gabriel Baker

College of Liberal Arts, UI

Gabriel Baker is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at the University of Iowa. He studied history and classics at Truman State University. His research interests include war and violence in the ancient world and military interactions between different ancient Mediterranean cultures. His dissertation-in-progress explores the destruction of enemy communities in Roman warfare, particularly the methods by which Roman armies employed violence against urban spaces and populations, and the strategic pressures which shaped violent outcomes. Gabriel is also interested in the ways that classical history, and the broader historical experience of war, can inform contemporary debates about a range of issues—from U.S. military interventions to the militia movement