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Jayne Knight

Lecturer, Classics
First Year & Major Coordinator Ancient Civilisations

Room 469, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

+61 3 6226 2676 (phone)

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Jayne Knight is a Lecturer in Classics in History and Classics in the School of Humanities. She is interested in Roman social and cultural history, Latin literature, and the history of emotions. Jayne is currently working on a monograph on anger and politics in ancient Rome and designing a series of new history and culture units for the Classics curriculum.


Jayne completed her undergraduate and masters degrees at the University of Florida (USA). She then moved to the University of British Columbia (Canada), where she gained her PhD in 2015. Following her doctorate, Jayne taught Latin, ancient Greek, etymology, and Roman history at the University of Victoria (Canada) and the University of British Columbia. She joined the University of Tasmania in June 2016.

Career summary


Degree Title of Thesis UniversityCountryAwarded
PhD The Politics of Anger in Roman Society: A Study of Orators and Emperors, 70 BCE-68 CE University of British Columbia Canada 2015
MA The Influence of the Caesarianae on Seneca's De Clementia University of Florida USA 2010

Languages (other than English)



Professional practice

  • Australasian Society for Classical Studies
  • Society for Classical Studies
  • Women's Classical Caucus
  • Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies


Roman history, Roman culture, Cicero, Seneca the Younger, Late Roman Republic, Early Roman Empire, Augustan literature, Latin prose literature

Teaching expertise

Roman history, Roman civilization, Roman literature, Latin language

Teaching responsibility

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  • Roman history and culture, especially of the late Republic and early Principate
  • Latin literature and language
  • Cicero
  • History of emotions

Research Themes

Jayne's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her recent work broadly considers the roles that emotions play in society. Jayne's current research project examines the development of Roman discourse about uses and abuses of anger in public life during the late Republic and early Principate. Jayne is particularly interested in how cultural dialogue about emotions adapts to changing political regimes.

Current projects

Jayne is currently working on publishing a monograph on anger and politics in ancient Rome.

Fields of Research

  • Latin and Classical Greek Literature (200510)
  • Classical Greek and Roman History (210306)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Languages, Communication and Culture (970120)
  • Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology (970121)


Total publications


Chapter in Book

(1 outputs)
2016Knight J, 'Anger as a Mechanism for Social Control in Imperial Rome', Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity, Franz Steiner Verlag, E Sanders, M Johncock (ed), Germany, pp. 183-198. ISBN 978-3-515-11364-9 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

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(4 outputs)
2016Knight J, 'Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up byMary Beard', Phoenix, 70, (1-2) pp. 1-5. (2016) [Review Single Work]

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2016Knight J, 'Iambic Poetics in the Roman Empire. By Tom Hawkins. Cambridge: Cambridge Universituy press, 2014. Pp Xi+334', CJ-Online, Nov pp. 1-2. (2016) [Review Single Work]

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2016Knight J, 'Iambic Poetics in the Roman Empire. By TOM HAWKINS Cambridge: Cambridge', The Classical Journal ISSN 0009-8353 (2016) [Review Single Work]

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2014Knight J, 'Horace: Satires Book I. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012', Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies, 68, (1) pp. 1-3. ISSN 0026-7074 (2014) [Review Single Work]

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(1 outputs)
2015Knight J, 'The Politics of Anger in Roman Society: A Study of Orators and Emperors, 70 BCE-68 CE' (2015) [PhD]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The Renaissance of Roman Emotions in Machiavelli's Political Theory (2017)$3,910
This project broadly considers how studying emotions of the past can inform contemporary discourse about emotions. It willexamine how Niccolo Machiavelli's treatment of the roles of communal emotions in politics was influenced by ancient Roman thought on this subject.
ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100 - 1800) ($3,910)
Grant-ARC Centres of Excellence
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
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Research Supervision

Jayne welcomes expressions of interest from new MA or PhD candidates in Roman history and literature. She is especially keen to supervise research in Roman cultural history, the history of emotions, and Cicero.




PhDChanging Political Landscape of Late Republican Rome: 100 - 78 BCE2016
PhDRomano - British Temples: Religious expression and cultural identity in Roman Britain A.D. 43 - 4102016
PhDRome and the Provinces: A study in Roman Provincial policy and relationships with Provincials in the late Republic,133 to 27 BC2017
MastersThe Examination of Cultural Violence, as Defined by Johan Gatung, in the Novels of Heinrich Bll, to Support the Proposal that this form of Violence is the Dominant and Connecting Theme in these Works2017