Matthew Loar Director of Fellowships, Assistant Professor of Classics (Courtesy Appointment)

Matthew Loar

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Ph.D. in Classics, Stanford University (2015)
M.St. in Women’s Studies, Kellogg College, University of Oxford (2009)
B.A. in Classics, Washington and Lee University (2007)


FYE 100: General Success
WRIT 100: Writing Seminar for First Years
CLAS 180: Troy and the Tragedy of War
CLAS 190: Medical Greek and Latin
CLAS 204: Augustan Era
CLAS 288: Study Abroad in Rome

Selected Publications

Edited Volumes

  • The Cultural History of Augustan Rome: Texts, Monuments and Topography, (eds.) Matthew Loar, Sarah Murray, and Stefano Rebeggiani, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
  • Rome, Empire of Plunder: The Dynamics of Cultural Appropriation, (eds.) Matthew Loar, Carolyn MacDonald, and Dan-el Padilla Peralta, Cambridge University Press, 2017.

Articles and Book Chapters

  • “Hercules, Caesar, and the Roman Emperors.” In The Oxford Handbook of Heracles, ed. D. Ogden. Oxford University Press, 2021. pp. 507–521.
  • “Sempronia, Q. Curius, and the decline of Roman gentes in Sallust’s Bellum Catilinae.” Histos 13 (2019), 146–157.
  • “Sexual Graffiti in the House of Marcus Lucretius in Pompeii (IX.3.5, 24).” Classical World 111.3 (2018), 405–431.
  • “Microhistory as Cultural History,” in: Rome, Empire of Plunder, (eds). Loar, MacDonald, and Padilla Peralta, Cambridge University Press, 2017. pp. 82–89.
  • “Hercules, Mummius, and the Roman Triumph in Aeneid 8.” Classical Philology 112.1 (2017), 45–62.

Book Reviews

  • Ingo Gildenhard, Ulrich Gotter, Wolfgang Havener, and Louise Hodgson, eds. Augustus and the destruction of history: the politics of the past in early imperial Rome. Cambridge: 2019. Journal of Roman Studies 111 (2021): 305–306.
  • Penelope J. Goodman, ed. Afterlives of Augustus, AD 14-2014. Cambridge: 2018. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.05.28.
  • David Quint. Virgil’s Double Cross: Design and Meaning in the Aeneid. Princeton: 2018. Classical Journal Online 2019.03.08.
  • James J. O’Hara. Virgil. Aeneid book 8. Indianapolis: 2018. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2018.09.42.
  • Mary R. Lefkowitz and Maureen B. Fant, eds. Women’s Life in Greece and Rome. A Source book in translation. Fourth Edition. Baltimore: 2016. Ancient History Bulletin Online Reviews 7 (2017): 5–7.
  • Karl Galinsky and Kenneth Lapatin, eds. Cultural Memories in the Roman Empire. Los Angeles: 2016. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.02.27.
  • Anthony Corbeill. Sexing the World: Grammatical Gender and Biological Sex in Ancient Rome. Princeton: 2015. American Journal of Philology 137.3 (2016): 551–555.
  • Aaron Seider. Memory in Vergil’s Aeneid: Creating the Past. Cambridge: 2013. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2014.08.08.