PhD, Stanford University, 2008
Leacock, Rm 825
Department of History 855 Sherbrooke West
Professor Gladhill Received his BA from Michigan State University (1999), his MA in Classics from the University of Georgia (2002) and his PhD in Classics from Stanford (2008). He is currently working on a manuscript entitled The Poetry of Alliance at Rome. The book is a cultural reconstruction of the processes, contexts, and tensions inherent in the performance of ritual alliances in Rome. Such alliances are not merely restricted to international relations between Rome and another polity, but they permeate not only the stratified codes of conduct throughout Roman society, but they also bring order and coherence to the cosmos. Each moment of alliance pushes and pulls on all prior alliances in each of their various social and cosmological spheres. The manuscript completely alters modern conceptions of Roman alliance in the study and evaluation of a broad range of prose and poetic works. Roman narratives about alliance raise fundamental questions about the tension inherent in forming unions within an empire and a highly competitive social environment. In addition to serving on the editorial board of Vergilius, one of the leading journals on the study of Vergil, Professor Gladhill started the working group Classical Revolutions at McGill University. Classical Revolutions is designed to bring scholars together from throughout the broader Montreal academic community in order to discuss issues pertaining to Classical reception, broadly speaking. The aim is to facilitate conversation among departments at McGill and provide students and faculty an informal forum to discuss texts and ideas. The title of the event invites one to think of Classics and Classical reception as a performative events that alter the textual and artistic landscape of literary worlds, creating something new and exciting, while acknowledging that every act of reception looks back to prior texts and models, anchored in the tradition of the past. Textual revolution honors the potential iconoclasm of reception and the inescapable circularity reception entails. The event is open to any and all participants who are interested in either learning about the current state of Classical Receptions or those who wish to present works in progress. Starting in September 2010 Professor Gladhill will launch a blog entitled Classical Evolutions. Classical Evolutions is designed to address issues pertaining to Classics as a discipline, the changing landscape of the ancient world and its modern contexts, while presenting his pedagogical experiences, offering drafts of works in progress and inviting students and scholars to think about the evolving role of Classics in the contemporary world.
Articles and Works in Progress:
“The Poetics of Alliance in Vergil’s Aeneid,” Dictynna 6 (2009) 36-69.
“The Cosmologica Res Publica in Ovid’s Metamorphoses” in Augustan Poetry in the Roman Republic, J. Farrel and D. Nelis eds. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2010-2011).
“The Poetics of Human Sacrifice in Vergil’s Aeneid,” in Human Sacrifice: Its Representation in a Cross-Cultural Perspective, Pierre Bonnechere ed. (University of Leige, expected date of publication January 2011).
“Approaching the Imperial Body,” (under review at Classical Antiquity).
"Vatic Di(s)visions: Contesting Poetic Authority in Vergil and Ovid (under review at Phoenix)