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faculty photo imageJessica Seidman

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities
Classics Department
Division of Literature and Languages

Jessica Seidman is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics and Humanities and has been at Reed since 2013. Her work focuses on Latin Literature, especially poetry of the late republic and early empire. She is especially interested in the intimate association that the Romans had between place and memory and how the powerful impact of site-specific commemoration can be reflected and simulated through words on a page. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and is currently revising her book A Place to Remember: Site-Specific Memory in Latin Literature for Cambridge University Press. Other current projects include an article on Lucan’s Caesar as rival poet in the Pharsalia and an essay on her visit to Constanţa, Romania, the site of Ovid’s exile. She is also interested in (and passionate about!) ancient conceptions of imitation and originality. She has recently taught Latin courses on Lucan, Livy, and Vergil, a non-traditional Classical Mythology course, and in Hum 110. She is very much looking forward to teaching Introductory Latin in Fall 2015 and an advanced Greek course on Apollonius’ Argonautika in Spring 2016. 

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