Jayne Knight

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Jayne Knight

Assistant Dean
Distinctiveness and Innovation (CALE)
Lecturer, Classics
Major Coordinator Ancient Civilisations
Humanities Honours Coordinator

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Dr Jayne Knight is Lecturer in Classics and Honours Coordinator in the School of Humanities in the College of Arts, Law and Education. She researches Roman cultural history, Latin literature, and ancient emotions and teaches broadly within Classics and the Humanities Honours program. Jayne is working on a monograph on anger and politics during the late Republic and early Principate and a series of articles on Roman emotions and Latin literature and its reception. Jayne is an accomplished teacher and program coordinator. Her teaching has been recognised by three Teaching Merit Certificates, and in 2019 she was awarded a Team Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning with her colleagues in Classics.


Jayne completed her Bachelor and Master of Arts at the University of Florida (USA). She gained her PhD from the University of British Columbia (Canada) in 2015. Following her doctorate, Jayne taught Latin, ancient Greek, etymology, and Roman history at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia. She joined the University of Tasmania in June 2016.

Career summary


Degree Title of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
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 FloridaUSA2008


Professional practice

  • 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

Teaching expertise

Jayne is passionate about teaching and enjoys creating engaging and meaningful experiences for her students at all levels. She has extensive experience in unit design and curriculum development. Her Classics teaching promotes close engagement with primary sources and develops critical analysis strategies. Her units illuminate the complex and evolving relationship between the ancient past and the present and provide a platform for thinking about the future. In her role as Humanities Honours coordinator, Jayne teaches seminars that develop research and professional skills. She is currently engaged in shaping the interdisciplinary components of the Humanities Honours curriculum.

Teaching responsibility

Research Invitations

  • “Anger and Imperial Power in Julio-Claudian Rome” (Public Lecture Series, Imperial Power in the Roman World at York St John University, 2021)
  • “Anger and Political Authority in Early Imperial Rome” (University of Sydney Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series, 2017)

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    Jayne’s research broadly considers the roles that emotions played in Roman society and politics and how cultural values concerning emotions are reflected in textual sources. She draws together evidence from a rich body of genres and texts which have often been overlooked as sources for Roman emotional culture (e.g. historiography, oratory, epistolography, and biography) in order to expand our knowledge of the relationship between emotions and political power in the ancient Roman world. 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 and leadership.

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


ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions Associate Investigator Grant (2017)

Current projects

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

  • Classical Greek and Roman history (430305)
  • Latin and classical Greek literature (470513)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture (280116)


Total publications


Chapter in Book

(3 outputs)
2023Knight J, Wallis J, 'Toxic Masculinity in the First-Year Classics Classroom', Toxic Masculinity in the Ancient World book, Edinburgh University Press, A McMaster and M Racette-Campbell (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 1-12. (In Press) [Research Book Chapter]

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Co-authors: Wallis J

2021Knight 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]

DOI: 10.4324/9781003092698 [eCite] [Details]


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]

DOI: 10.1163/1568525X-12301853 [eCite] [Details]



(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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(2 outputs)
2022Knight J, 'Emotions', The Tacitus Encyclopedia, VE Pagan (ed), USA, pp. 385-386 (2022) [Entry]

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2022Knight J, 'Hatred', The Tacitus Encyclopedia, VE Pagan (ed), USA, 2, pp. 505-506 (2022) [Entry]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Promoting Engagement and Success among Asynchronous Students (2023)$19,081
University of Tasmania ($19,081)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wallis JAC; Badger B; Knight J; Dunn CM; Moore RA
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
Knight J

Research Supervision

Jayne has supervised research on Roman history, Latin literature, and ancient emotions. She welcomes applications from candidates interested in researching Latin literature and Roman cultural history, the history of emotions, Cicero, and Seneca the Younger.






PhDReceptions of Ancient Sexualities2021


PhDVerecundia in Livy and Valerius Maximus
Candidate: Tegan Joy Gleeson
MastersThe "Reality" of Cultural Violence in the Novels of Heinrich Bll
Candidate: Leeanne Adcock
PhDManaging Empire: Romano-Italic relations and the origins of the social war
Candidate: Owen James Stewart