Brought up in sunny Sydney, Australia, Evan Jewell studied at Macquarie University (2008-2011), graduating with a Bachelor of Ancient History (Honours) and the University Medal. Evan’s Honours thesis (20,000 words), entitled: “Speak Memory: Ciceronian oratory and the politics of memoria”, sought to demonstrate the significant role the notion of memoria and the practice of exemplarity played in Ciceronian (and Republican) rhetorical strategies. The thesis adopted an interdisciplinary approach, combining older methodologies (i.e. prosopography; classical philology) with some of the insights from other fields still nascent concerns in Ciceronian scholarship (i.e. speech-act theory; cultural memory), and he hopes to publish sections of this work soon, together with a recent paper on Cicero and speech-act theory delivered at a postgraduate conference held at UCL (UK).
His more recent research interests include the rhetorical, historical, and artistic construction of the iuventus (“the youth”) in Republican and early imperial Rome; the fragments of the Republican Roman orators (in conversation with Cicero); Roman art and somatics; Petronius; ancient sexuality and gender; and the application of modern critical theory to the study of Roman political and cultural history.
Besides Evan’s continued fascination with Roman studies, he also harbours secondary research interests in ancient slavery, early Christianity, and Greek papyrology. At Macquarie, he had the chance to cultivate these interests through various opportunities, such as co-presenting a paper on the experience of the child-slave at the Society for Biblical Literature Annual Meeting (2011), and working as a research assistant in a project developing a lexicon of the Hellenistic Greek represented in 3rd century BCE Zenon archive of papyri from Ptolemaic Egypt. In light of this latter experience, Columbia’s significant papyrologicial collection is also of considerable research interest to Evan.
Evan looks forward to working as a TA in Latin language, as well as history and/or art history classes in the coming academic year. Email Evan Jewell.