Dr Jayne Knight is a Lecturer in Classics in the School of Humanities. She is interested in Roman cultural history, Latin literature, and the history of emotions. Her research and teaching reflect a synthesis of literary and cultural historical study. Jayne is currently working on a monograph on anger and politics during the late Republic and early Principate and a series of articles on topics in Roman history, Latin literature, and its reception. In 2017 Jayne led a successful re-design of the first-year Ancient Civilisations curriculum. She has received several teaching awards and nominations at the University of Tasmania.
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.
|Degree||Title of Thesis||University||Country||Awarded|
|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|
|BA||University of Florida||USA||2008|
- Society for Classical Studies
- Australasian Society for Classical Studies
- Australasian Women in Ancient World Studies
- Society for the History of Emotions
Ancient history, Latin language, Roman culture, Cicero, Seneca the Younger, Late Roman Republic, Early Roman Empire, Augustan literature, Latin prose literature, Ancient religions
Jayne coordinates and teaches Ancient Civilisations and Latin units at all levels. She has designed several blended Ancient Civilisations units on a diverse range of topics. Her Ancient Civilisations teaching promotes close engagement with primary sources and develops strategies for critical analysis of information. Her Ancient Civilisations units illuminate the complex and evolving relationship between the ancient past and the present and provide a platform for thinking about the future. Jayne also teaches Honours seminars. Her Honours teaching focuses on the development of research and professional skills.
- HTC103 - Ancient Civilisations 1A: Introduction to Ancient Greece
- HTC104 - Ancient Civilisations 1B: Introduction to Ancient Rome
- HTC240 - Spectacle and Society in Ancient Rome
- HTC340 – Spectacle and Society in Ancient Rome
- HTC242 - The Fall of the Roman Republic
- HTC342 – The Fall of the Roman Republic
- HTL219 - Intermediate Latin B
- HTL319 - Advanced Latin B
- HTL317 Advanced Latin A
- HTC241 – Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome
- HTC341 - Religions of Ancient Greece and Rome
- HTC402- Seminar in Ancient Culture
- Roman history and culture, especially of the late Republic and early Principate
- Latin literature and language
- Cicero and Roman rhetoric
- The history of emotions
Jayne's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society. Her research broadly considers the roles that emotions play in society and politics and how cultural values concerning emotions are reflected in historical writing. Jayne's current book project examines the development of Roman discourses about uses and abuses of anger in public life during the late Republic and early Principate. In this project she is particularly interested in how changes in political regimes affect cultural dialogue about emotions. Jayne is also working on a project on Machiavelli’s reception of ancient Roman literary representations of public emotion in hispolitical theory. This project broadly considers how the study of emotions of the past can inform contemporary discourse about the socio-political value of emotions.
Jayne’s current projects include a monograph on anger and politics in late Republican and early imperial Rome and a series of articles on topics in Latin literature and Roman history.
Jayne is also working on a project entitled “The Renaissance of Roman Emotions in Machiavelli’s Political Theory” which was supported by the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions. Jayne was an Associate Investigator with the Centre in 2017.
Jayne is also working on publishing articles on Classics pedagogy with her colleagues at UTAS.
Fields of Research
- Latin and classical Greek literature (470513)
- Classical Greek and Roman history (430305)
- Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture (280116)
- Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
Chapter in Book(2 outputs)
|2021||Knight J, 'The Nature and Nurture of Kingship in Virgil's Georgics and Seneca's De Clementia', Latin Poetry and Its Reception, Routledge, CW Marshall (ed), New York, pp. 43-55. ISBN 9781003092698 (2021) [Research Book Chapter]|
|2016||Knight 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]|
|2016||Knight J, 'Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up byMary Beard', Phoenix, 70, (1-2) pp. 1-5. (2016) [Review Single Work]|
|2016||Knight 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]|
|2016||Knight J, 'Iambic Poetics in the Roman Empire. By TOM HAWKINS Cambridge: Cambridge', The Classical Journal ISSN 0009-8353 (2016) [Review Single Work]|
|2014||Knight 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]|
|2015||Knight J, 'The Politics of Anger in Roman Society: A Study of Orators and Emperors, 70 BCE-68 CE' (2015) [PhD]|
Grants & Funding
Number of grants
- 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
- Knight J
Jayne welcomes expressions of interest from MA and PhD candidates who are interested in researching Roman literature and history of the late Republic and/or early Principate. She is especially keen to supervise research in Roman cultural history, the history of emotions, Cicero, and Seneca the Younger.
|Masters||The "Reality" of Cultural Violence in the Novels of Heinrich Bll||2017|
|PhD||Verecundia in Livy, Ab Urbe Condita: Emotions as moral instruction||2019|
|PhD||Receptions of Ancient Sexualities||2021|
|PhD||Managing Empire: Romano-Italic relations and the origins of the social war|
Candidate: Owen James Stewart