Notable Achievements

Part-Time Assistant Professor of Classics Jeffrey Easton  has had an article accepted for publication in an upcoming issue of the classics peer-reviewed journal Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte.  The article, titled “Mostly Work and Some Play: The Roman Municipal Familia Publica  as a ‘Professional Association,’” examines how groups of freed Roman slaves formed their own private associations as a response to their lack of access to the existing associative framework in their towns. This phenomenon is observed among the freedmen and freedwomen of many towns throughout Italy. Through these local organizations, members staged social activities and banquets, forged social and economic networks, managed funerary arrangements, and found a venue for meaningful interaction with their wider communities.

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Expertise

Roman social history, Roman imperial and municipal administration in Italy and the West, Latin language and literature, Latin epigraphy

Dr. Easton specializes in Roman social history, Latin language and literature, and Latin epigraphy, and he also maintains a passion for teaching courses in material culture and Greek history and language. One of the most rewarding parts of his pedagogy is helping students of all disciplines learn to take an interdisciplinary approach to the rich variety of evidence from the Classical World.

He will be teaching introductory and intermediate Latin courses this fall.

Dr. Easton holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Toronto and MAs in Classics from the University of Kansas and in History from Northwest Missouri State University. Before coming to Southwestern he was a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Toronto and held the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Classics at Washington and Lee University. He has also conducted research at the American Academy in Rome and at the British School at Rome, as well as participated in archaeological excavations in Pompeii.

Select Publications

‘The Elusive libertina nobilitas: A Case-Study of Roman Municipal Freedmen in the *Augustales,’ Phoenix. (2020)

Servi empticii and Manumission in the Roman Municipal familia publica,’ in Inscriptions and the Epigraphic Habit: Proceedings of the Third North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Washington, DC, January 2020. Leiden. (Forthcoming in the Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy series, edited by J. Bodel and A. Scafuro)

‘Mostly Work and Some Play: Assessing the Associative Behaviors of the Roman Municipal familia publica.’ Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte. (Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2021)

  • Dr. Easton specializes in Roman social history, Latin language and literature, and Latin epigraphy, and he also maintains a passion for teaching courses in material culture and Greek history and language. One of the most rewarding parts of his pedagogy is helping students of all disciplines learn to take an interdisciplinary approach to the rich variety of evidence from the Classical World.

    He will be teaching introductory and intermediate Latin courses this fall.

    Dr. Easton holds a PhD in Classics from the University of Toronto and MAs in Classics from the University of Kansas and in History from Northwest Missouri State University. Before coming to Southwestern he was a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Toronto and held the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Classics at Washington and Lee University. He has also conducted research at the American Academy in Rome and at the British School at Rome, as well as participated in archaeological excavations in Pompeii.

    Select Publications

    ‘The Elusive libertina nobilitas: A Case-Study of Roman Municipal Freedmen in the *Augustales,’ Phoenix. (2020)

    Servi empticii and Manumission in the Roman Municipal familia publica,’ in Inscriptions and the Epigraphic Habit: Proceedings of the Third North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Washington, DC, January 2020. Leiden. (Forthcoming in the Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy series, edited by J. Bodel and A. Scafuro)

    ‘Mostly Work and Some Play: Assessing the Associative Behaviors of the Roman Municipal familia publica.’ Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte. (Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2021)

  • Dr. Easton’s research focuses on Roman social history, and in particular on identifying the avenues through which subaltern families achieved social and economic mobility and the institutions that linked them to the elite.

  • ‘The Elusive libertina nobilitas: A Case-Study of Roman Municipal Freedmen in the *Augustales,’ Phoenix. (2020)

    Servi empticii and Manumission in the Roman Municipal familia publica,’ in Inscriptions and the Epigraphic Habit: Proceedings of the Third North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Washington, DC, January 2020. Leiden. (Forthcoming in the Brill Studies in Greek and Roman Epigraphy series, edited by J. Bodel and A. Scafuro)

    ‘Mostly Work and Some Play: Assessing the Associative Behaviors of the Roman Municipal familia publica.’ Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte (Forthcoming Spring/Summer 2021)

  • Conference Presentations

    ‘Creating familiaritas: Cicero’s Letters of Recommendation of 46-45 BCE’                                 Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, Washington, DC (2020)

    Servi empticii and Manumission in the Roman Municipal familia publica’                                              Third North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy, Washington, DC (2020)

    ‘A Case-study of Intergenerational Participation in Roman Professional Associations’                              Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA (2019)

    ‘The Descendants of Roman Municipal Freedmen in the ordo decurionum and the Limits of the  macula servitutis’                                                                                                                              Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, Boston, MA (2018)

    ‘The Associative Features of the Roman Municipal familia publica’                                                  Classical Association of Canada Annual Conference, Quebec City, QC (2016)

    ‘Private lectisternia and Roman Religious Practice: A Study in Pluralism in Roman Religion’                  New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference, York University, Toronto, ON (2013)

    ‘Plautus’ lectisterniator and Roman dies natales’                                                                              Classical Association of the Middle West and South Annual Meeting, Oklahoma City, OK (2010)

    Io triumphe: Ovid’s Metamorphoses 3.511-733 and Augustus’ Triumph of 29 B.C.’                              Conference on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (2008)

    Invited Talks

    ‘Going Somewhere?: Migration and Geographical Mobility in the Roman West’                                 Canadian Institute for Mediterranean Studies Public Lecture Series, Toronto, ON (2020)

    ‘Disney’s Hercules and the Reception of the Myth of Hercules’                                                      Historical Studies Society Movie Night, University of Toronto, Mississauga, Toronto, ON (2018)

    ‘Roman Municipal Freedmen and the *Augustales’                                                                            Ancient History Proseminar, Department of Classics, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (2018)

    ‘The Status of Municipal Freedmen in Roman Towns: A Case-study of the *Augustales                Epigraphy Colloquium: Epigraphy and History in Italy and the Western Provinces York University, Toronto, ON (2018)

    ‘Family Groups in the Roman Municipal familia publica’                                                                    ColPAH Work in Progress Seminar, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON (2016)