Trevor Luke

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Associate Professor of Classics

Research and Teaching Specializations

  • Imperial Ideology
  • Civic Ritual and Spectacle
  • Imperial Latin Prose
  • Roman Religion and Imperial Cult


Trevor S. Luke (Ph.D., UPenn) received a B.A. in Classics and an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. He received a William Penn Fellowship in the Graduate Group in Ancient History, where he completed an M.A. and Ph.D. His first book, Ushering in a New Republic: Theologies of Arrival at Rome in the First Century BCE, explored the religious framing of the arrivals of important figures at Rome in the last century of the Republic. He is currently working on his second book, Healing and Empire: Competing Claims of Health and Salvation, which will investigate the cross-cultural, Mediterranean dialogue on healing in the first two centuries CE.

Research Projects in Progress

  • Book on competing ideologies of healing in the early Empire
  • Article on Suetonius’ portrait of the young Augustus
  • Article on Pliny the Elder’s image of Pythagoras
  • Article on Suetonius’ narrative of Augustus’ final journey
  • Article on the religious restrictions on the priesthood of the flamen Dialis

Publications and Lectures

  • Ushering in A New Republic: Theologies of Arrival at Rome in the First Century BCE, University of Michigan Press, 2014
  • Healing and Empire: Competing Claims of Health and Salvation (in progress)
  • ”Cultivating the Memory of Octavius Thurinus,” forthcoming, Journal of Ancient History
  • ”From Crisis to Consensus: Salutary Ideology and the Murder of Agrippina,” Illinois Classical Studies 38 (2013), 207-28
  • ”Caesar as Rex? The ovatio of January 44, BC,” PLLS 15 (2012), 267-83
  • “Ideology and Humor in Suetonius’ Life of Vespasian 8,” Classical World 103.4 (2010), 511-27
  • "A Healing Touch for Empire: Vespasian's Wonders in Domitianic Rome," forthcoming inG&R 57.1 (2010)
  • "The Parousia of Paul at Iconium," Religion & Theology 15.3-4 (2008), 225-51
  • “A Gift for the Princeps: Suetonius on Augustus’ Final Journey,” Commemorating Augustus, University of Leeds, 2014
  • “Emperors and Impostors: Capturing Identity in the Ancient Mediterranean,” keynote address, Brandeis University, 2014
  • “Heaven on Earth: Suetonius on Augustus’ Final Journey,” CAMWS, 2014
  • “Epiphany and Parousia: Theologizing the Ruler’s Arrival,” Langford Conference, 2010
  • “From Crisis to Consensus: Nero and the Murder of Agrippina,” APA, 2009
  • “Nero, Prophecy, and the Production of Religious Community,” Orality and Literacy, Netherlands, 2008

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