Dr. L. Roman

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Luke Roman’s area of research is Latin literature. Topics of interest include literary representations of the city of Rome, monuments and monumentality, the materiality of books and writing, Roman concepts of literature and literariness, and post-classical reception of Roman literature. His recently published book, Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome (Oxford University Press, 2014), 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 seek to establish the independent validity of literary pursuits. 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 verse translation, Giovanni Gioviano Pontano: On Married Love; Eridanus, has been published in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series (Harvard University Press, 2014). His current research project is entitled “Literature, urban building, and the culture of monumentality in ancient Rome.” The projected study will span the period from the first century BC to the first century AD, and will focus on a range of Roman authors from Catullus to Silius Italicus.

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.


PhD, 1999, Stanford University

Visiting Student, 1996-7, New College, Oxford

BA, 1994, Harvard University

Selected Publications and Presentations

2014. Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2014. Giovanni Gioviano Pontano: On Married Love; Eridanus. I Tatti Renaissance Library 63. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.

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 The 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.

June 2013. "Martial and Statius: post-vatic self-fashioning in Flavian Rome.” Statius Conference, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

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