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2017: Transformations

Perspectives in Roman History

The writing of history does not passively record deeds and events; it constructs cultural perspectives and transforms societies. This colloquium invites four leading voices in historiography to explore the trans/formative nature of Roman history as it interacts with landscapes, literature, and power-dynamics.

  • The Blessed Isles and 'What-If' Historiography in Sallust Dr. Jennifer Gerrish
  • Musing on the Past: Historical Epic and Epic History at Rome Dr. John Marincola
  • Lines in the Sand: The Landscapes of Sallust's Jugurtha Dr. Andrew Feldherr
  • Historiographical Patterns of Conquest and Cultural Transformation in Tacitus, Agricola 21 Dr. Dylan Sailor

Dr. Jennifer Gerrish is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the College of Charleston. She received her AB from Vassar College in 2005, followed by her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012. Her research interests include Roman history and historiography, and intertextuality and allusion in historiography.

Dr. John Marincola is the Leon Golden Professor of Classics at Florida State University. His research focuses include Greek and Roman historiography and ancient rhetoric. He received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 197, and his PhD from Brown University in 1985.

Dr. Andrew Feldherr is the Chair of the Classics Department at Princeton University. His research interests include historiography and the Augustan period poetry. He received his BA from Princeton in 1985, followed by his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Dylan Sailor is an Associate Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests include Roman literature, ancient historiography, and Roman rhetoric. After receiving his BAfrom the University of Washington in 1995, he received his MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1997 and 2002, respectively.


This lecture was co-sponsored with the Department of History, the Department of Philosophy, the Classics Club, and Eta Sigma Phi.