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Jaclyn Neel

Assistant Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Columbia University), M.A. / Ph.D (University of Toronto)

Jaclyn Neel received a BA in Classics from Columbia University in 2005 and a combined MA/PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the Collaborative Program in Ancient History at the University of Toronto in 2012. During that time, she also received a TESL-Canada diploma (2011). Her research centres on Roman mythology and political discourse, and she is also interested in the afterlife of antiquity.

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Roman history and historiography
  • Greco-Roman mythology
  • Kingship and tyranny
  • The ancient world and modern culture

2023-2024 Courses

  • CLCV 2904A/HIST 2904A Rise of the Roman Empire (F)
  • CLCV 2905A/HIST 2905A Rome of the Caesars (W)
  • LATN 2200A Intermediate Latin I (F)
  • LATN 2201A Intermediate Latin II (W)
  • LATN 3900/4900A Advanced Latin I and II (F)



Early Rome: Myth and Society. Wiley, 2017.

Legendary Rivals: Collegiality and Ambition in the Tales of Early Rome. Brill, 2014

Chapters and Articles

“Sculpting History into Myth: Tarpeia, Barbarians, and the Gallic sack of Rome.” Myth and History in the Historiography of Early Rome. eds. T. J. Cornell, N. Meunier, and D. Miano. Leiden: Brill, 2023. 212-241.

“There’s No Crying in Government.” Toxic Masculinity in the Ancient World, eds. A. McMaster and M. Racette-Campbell. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2023.

“The Capture of the Capitoline in Roman Historical Thinking.” Mnemosyne 2023.

“Republican Precedents.” The Roman Emperor and His Court c. 30 BC-c AD 300. eds. B. Kelly and A. G. Hug. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. 35-59.

Titurius Sabinus, Mithridates, Sulla, and Vergil: Tarpeia in the Context of 88 BCE.” MAAR 65 (2020), 1-42.

“Tarpeia the Vestal.” JRS 109 (2019), 103-30.

“Cicero’s Rhetoric of Terror.” Mouseion 17.3 (2017), 437-53.

“The Vibennae: Etruscan Heroes and Roman Historiography.” EtrSt. 20.1 (2017), 1-34.

“Response.” La Saga di Romolo. ed. G. Cairo. Online (2016).

“Epic Rumors: Cicero’s Target in Dom. 92.” Phoenix 69 (2015), 100-121.

P.Mich.inv. 3935a.” BASP 52 (2015), 43-58.

“Reconsidering the affectatores regni.” CQ 65 (2015), 224-41.

Diodorus, Deuteronomy, and Egyptian Agriculture.”  VT 62 (2012), 646-51.