Dr. L. Roman

Luke Roman’s areas of research include Latin literature, Renaissance humanism, representations of the city of Rome, monuments and monumentality, ideas of place and space, the materiality of books and writing, and the classical tradition. His first book, Poetic Autonomy in Ancient Rome (Oxford University Press, 2014), examines the rhetoric of autonomy in Roman first-person poetry from the late republic to the early empire. Another major focus of his research is Renaissance Latin literature. In 2011-2012, as a fellow at the Villa I Tatti in Florence (The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), he studied the relation between the elegiac poetry of the Neapolitan humanist Giovanni Pontano and classical elegy. His verse translation, Giovanni Gioviano Pontano: On Married Love; Eridanus, has been published in the I Tatti Renaissance Library series (Harvard University Press, 2014). A second volume in the same series will include Pontano’s Garden of the Hesperides and Eclogues (under contract). His current research project, Humanist Topographies: the classical poetics of place in Renaissance Italy, will explore the shifting significance of classical places in the works of Italian humanist poets based in Florence, Rome, and Naples (ca. 1450-1530).

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

2015. "Statius and Martial: post-vatic self-fashioning in Flavian Rome." In C. Newlands, W. Dominik, and K. Gervais (eds.), Brill's Companion to Statius (pp. 444-461). Leiden: Brill.

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.

Selected Recent Presentations

June 2017. “Virgil’s Renaissance rebirth: genre and geography in Pontano Eridanus 1.14,” Symposium Cumanum: Vergil and Elegy (organized by Micah Myers and Aison Keith), Cuma, Italy.

June 2017. "Humanist horti: memory, place, and antiquity in Renaissance garden poetry," Hortus Inclusus: expanding boundaries of space and time (organized by Katharine Von Stackelberg, Diana Spencer, and Kathy Gleason), British School, Rome, Italy.

May 2017. “Epigram in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Erasmus and Thomas More.” Testo, Occasione, Destinatario: Una giornata di studio sulla poesia Latina per Mario Citroni (organized by Mario Labate and Gianpiero Rosati), Altana di Palazzo Strozzi, Scuola Normale di Pisa, Florence, Italy.

March 2017. “Itineraries of the Book: the humanist reception of Martial’s Epigrams,” Annual Meeting of the Renaissance Society of America, Chicago.

March 2017. “Poliziano’s (commentary on the) Silvae: between emulation and exegesis” (paper delivered by Skype). Workshop "On editing and commenting on the Silvae" (organized by Ana Lóio), Lisbon, Portugal.

January 2017. “La poésie latine de la Renaissance italienne: les lieux d’Antiquité," Seminar presentation, Université Laval, Québec.

January 2017. “Classical places and classical texts: topologies of discourse from Plato to Thomas More,” invited lecture, Université Laval, Québec.

January 2017. "In aedibus Aldi: classical places and classical texts in Bembo's De Aetna," Annual Meeting of the Society for Classical Studies, "Theorizing Ideologies of the Classical: Turning Corners on the Textual, the Masculine, the Imperial, and the Western" (Committee on the Classical Tradition and Reception, organized by Subha Pathak and Andrea Kouklanakis), Toronto.

October 2016. "Renaissance humanist poetry and the Flavian poetics of space," Rome à l'époque flavienne: entre espace littéraire et topographie réelle (organized by Damien Nelis, Lorenz Baumer, and Manuel Royo), Fondation Hardt, Geneva.


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