Jessica Clark


Assistant Professor of Classics

Research and Teaching Specializations


Jessica Clark (Ph.D. Princeton University, 2008) focuses on the history and historiography of the Roman Republic, with a particular interest in the third and second centuries B.C.E. and in fragmentary Latin authors. Her book,Triumph in Defeat: Military Loss and the Roman Republic (Oxford, 2014), examines the effect of battlefield defeats on Roman political and military culture, and the relationship between the memory of defeats and the commemoration of victory and success at Rome. Other research interests include Livy's historical choices, the cultural contexts of textual criticism, and the relationship between historicizing poetry and prose in the early second century BCE. She is currently at work on a study of tribuni militum, junior officers in the Roman army, and their place in Rome's economy of honors.

Publications and Lectures

  • Triumph in Defeat: Military Loss and the Roman Republic. Oxford University Press, 2014.
  • "Nequiquam tanti belli: News and Politics in Livy, Book 35.1-8." Histos 8 (2014) 189–208.
  • "Roman Optimism before Cannae: The Vow of the Ver Sacrum (Livy 22.10)." Mnemosyne 67 (2014), 405-422.
  • Parva laus pro factis: Ennius, Cato and Livy on Military Tribunes.” January 6, 2012, APA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia PA
  • Aedificant Nomen? Commemorating in early Latin Literature.” November 6, 2011, PAMLA Annual Meeting, Claremont CA
  • Go Tell the Romans? Cato's Adaptive Historiography.” May 6, 2011, AAH Annual Meeting, Erie PA (Panel: “Greek and Roman Historiography,” John Marincola, Chair)
  • “What Alexander didn't see: placing defeat in Roman historical memory.” October 15, 2010, invited lecture, Program in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley.
  • “Fundamental Illusions in Tacitus’ Histories.” April 1, 2010, invited lecture, Department of Classics, University of California, Davis
  • "Polybius on Polybius? Rewriting the defeated self.” January 7, 2010: APA Annual Meeting, Orange County CA (“Writing the Self, Writing Lives in Greco-Roman Culture,” Irene Peirano and Ornella Rossi, Organizers)

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