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Alan J. Ross

Assistant professor of Classics
617D Hamilton Hall
Office hours: Wednesday 10:30am-12:30pm & by appointment
Phone: (212)-851-9422

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Historiography, especially late antique

  • Epideictic oratory

  • Late Antique political history

  • Literary theory, especially narratology and intertextuality

Alan J. Ross joined Columbia in 2019. He received his BA from University College London, and MSt and DPhil from the University of Oxford. Prior to Columbia, he held research and teaching positions at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), University College Dublin (Ireland), University of Southampton (UK), and Dartmouth College (USA). 

His research lies at the intersection of literary and historical studies in Late Antiquity. His first book, Ammianus’ Julian: Narrative and Genre in the Res Gestae (OUP, 2016), offered a narratological and intertextual study of the last great work of Latin historiography, and he has also published a number of articles on satire, hagiography, the novel, and epideictic oratory in the fourth century. His current book project focuses on Greek political rhetoric under the sons of Constantine.

Selected Publications

Ammianus’ Julian: Narrative and Genre in the Res Gestae (Oxford University Press, 2016)

Imagining Emperors in the Later Roman Empire (edited with D.W.P. Burgersdijk, Brill, 2018)

Imperial Panegyric from Diocletian to Honorius (edited with Adrastos Omissi, Liverpool University Press, 2020)

 “Syene as ‘Face of Battle’: Heliodorus and Late Antique Historiography”, Ancient Narrative 12 (2015): 1–26.

“Ammianus, Traditions of Satire and the Eternity of Rome”, Classical Journal 110 (2015): 356–373.

 “Libanius the Historian? Praise and the Presentation of the Past in Or. 59”. Greek Roman and Byzantine Studies 56 (2016): 293-320

“Eremitic aemulatio: genesis of genre in Jerome’s Vita Pauli”, in C. Gray and J. Corke-Webster (eds.) Constructed Sainthood: The Genesis of Hagiography. Brill, 2019.