Ann Vasaly

Associate Professor of Classical Studies

  • Title Associate Professor of Classical Studies
  • Office STH 414. On Sabbatical Spring 16.
  • Phone 617-353-2427
  • Education 1983 Ph.D. Indiana University (Classics)
    1975 M.A. University of Minnesota (Greek Literature, Greek Bronze Age Archaeology)
    1972 B.A. University of Minnesota (Humanities)

Curriculum Vitae

My great interest in Cicero and his rhetorical exploitation of the topographical ambiance of his speeches began in 1981 while serving as the graduate assistant at the Centro in Rome. This topic became the subject of my dissertation and of a later book, Representations, published with University of California Press. In more recent years my research has turned to Roman historiography, and especially to Livy. I have just completed a book on the first pentad in which I hope to overturn the conception of Livy as an apolitical moralist by arguing that the first pentad should be read not as history per se, but as a form of theoretical discourse, the goal of which was to convey to the reader, by means of particular events abstract lessons about the interaction of power and personality, including the “personality” of the Roman people en masse.

Research Interests

Latin prose; Cicero; Roman rhetoric; Latin historiography, especially Caesar, Sallust, and Livy

Select Projects and Publications

Vasaly_LivyLivy’s Political Philosophy: Power and Personality in the First Pentad (March 2015, Cambridge University Press).

“The Composition of the Ab Urbe Condita: The Case of the First Pentad,” in Wiley-Blackwell: A Companion to Livy, ed. B. Mineo (2014), 217-229.

vasalybookRepresentations; Images of the World in Ciceronian Oratory. (Berkeley 1993; Paperback; 1996).