Classics Department

Jessica Seidman

seidman imageVisiting Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities
Roman poetry of the Late Republic/Early Empire, Roman historiography, Memory Studies
seidmanj@reed.edu

On campus:
ETC 215
Phone: x7723

Off campus:
Jessica Seidman
Department of Classics
Reed College
Portland, OR 97202
Phone: 503-517-7723
Fax: 503-777-7769

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Education and Experience

After earning my BA in Classics: Greek and Latin from Brown University in 2002, I taught high school Latin at the Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE for four years. A life-changing summer at the American School for Classical Studies in Athens sent me back to graduate school, and I earned my Ph.D. in Classical Languages and Literatures from the University of Chicago in 2013. My research focuses primarily on Latin poetry and historiography of the late republic and early empire. My current book project, A Place to Remember: Site-Specific Memory in Latin Literature, examines the close relationship between commemorative physical spaces and literary spaces in a variety of Roman texts. I am also interested in the mechanisms of identification (what encourages readers to identify – or not – with particular characters?) and the reception of ancient Greek and Roman literature and culture in unexpected times, places, and ways.

Recent Courses Taught

Fall 2017-Spring 2018

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
Latin 110: Beginning Latin

Fall 2016

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
Greek 210: Intermediate Greek (Homer, Iliad 6 and 22)

Spring 2017

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
Latin 210: Intermediate Latin (Cicero, Pro Caelio)

Fall 2015

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
Latin 110: Beginning Latin

Spring 2016

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
Greek 312: Advanced Greek Poetry (Apollonius, Argonautika 3)

Fall 2014

Latin 110: Beginning Latin
Latin 311: Advanced Latin Prose (Livy, Ab Urbe Condita 1)

Spring 2015

Greek 110: Beginning Greek
Latin 210: Intermediate Latin (Vergil, Aeneid 8)
Classics 362: Classical Mythology

Fall 2013

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
Latin 311: Advanced Latin Poetry (Lucan, Pharsalia)

Spring 2014

Humanities 110: The Ancient Mediterranean
Greek 110: Beginning Greek

Publications and Papers

“Dido’s Tears,” in Quasi Labor Intus: Ambiguity in the Latin Language, edited by Michael Fontaine, Charles McNamara, and William Short. Brill (forthcoming in 2017)

“A Poetic Caesar in Lucan’s Pharsalia,” The Classical Journal 113.1 (Oct.-Nov. 2017).

“Remembering the Teutoburg Forest: Monumenta in Annales 1.61,” Ramus 43.1 (2014): 94-114.

Review of Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry by J. Mira Seo, The Classical Journal Online, 2014.9.14.

Popular Publications

“An American in Tomis,” Eidolon, July 2, 2015. https://medium.com/eidolon/an-american-in-tomis-a2edbc71b1d1.

Work in Progress

A Place to Remember: Site-Specific Memory in Latin Literature, undergoing revision for Cambridge University Press