By studying the role of sound in historic circumstances, I aim to develop a new line of inquiry in my primary research and teaching interest – Roman urban society. To aid in the process of reconstructing the sonic dimension of city life, as well as to understand how Romans made sense of their world through what they heard, the proposed project entails collaborative, comparative, and experiential investigation. My work will unfold in four segments over May and June 2014. First, together with three Wabash colleagues I will read and discuss foundational work in the field of 'acoustic culture.' Second, I will research the relationship between sound and society in Early Modern Italy. The comparative perspective of this case study will offer models of (a) the types of questions that can be asked of historical soundscapes as well as (b) the scholarly approaches taken to formulate answers. Third, I will travel to Siena, Italy for four days of immersive learning and journaling (in word and sound) about the sonic landscape of a pre-modern city. Fourth, armed with a grounding in the field, scholarly paradigms, and some first-hand observations, I will tackle the Roman evidence directly. I anticipate that this project will introduce me to new questions and approaches in both my scholarship and teaching over the next chapter of my career. It will (a) open my thinking to new perspectives; (b) allow me to introduce new questions and insights into my research and teaching; and (c) put me and my scholarship in conversation with a new and broader set of scholarly collaborators and interlocutors, both at Wabash and beyond.