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Dr. L. Roman

Roman LLuke Roman’s area of research is Latin literature. Topics of interest include literary representations of the city of Rome, the materiality of books and writing, Roman concepts of literature and literariness, and post-classical reception of Roman literature. His main book-length study, "Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome" (under contract, Oxford University Press), examines the rhetoric of autonomy in Roman first-person poetry. Chapters devoted to close readings of Lucilius, Catullus, Propertius, Horace, Virgil, Tibullus, Statius, Martial, and Juvenal explore how these poets represent themselves and their poetry in autonomist terms, and how they defend the independent validity of literary pursuits in relation to the traditionally prestigious domain of public life.

He also conducts research on Renaissance Latin literature: in 2011-2012, as a fellow at the Villa I Tatti in Florence (The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies), he studied the elegiac poetry of the Neapolitan humanist Giovanni Pontano. His edition of Pontano’s elegiac works, including verse translation, introduction and notes, is forthcoming in the I Tatti Renaissance Library Series (spring 2014).

Luke Roman’s teaching interests include Latin language and literature of all periods, Greek language and literature, classical mythology, Roman history and civilization, and Latin and Greek literature in translation. The city of Rome has been a topic of particular importance in his teaching: in 2007-2008, he taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and in the fall of 2010, he offered a seminar course entitled “The Eternal City: Classical Writers on Ancient Rome.”


2010. "Martial and the City of Rome." The Journal of Roman Studies 100: 1-30.

2006. "A History of Lost Tablets." Classical Antiquity 25.2: 351-388.

2001. “The Representation of Literary Materiality in Martial’s Epigrams.” The Journal of Roman Studies 91: 113-145.

Review of Lowrie, M. (2009): Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome, Oxford. In Classical Review 61 (2011): 118-21.

Review of Rimell, V. (2009): Martial's Rome: Empire and the Ideology of Epigram, Cambridge. In The Journal of Roman Studies (2010) 100: 306-7.

December 2012. “Giovanni Pontano and Classical Elegy.” Public Seminar, Villa I Tatti, Florence, Italy.