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Academic Biography

Dr. Evan Jewell is a scholar of ancient Rome and the Mediterranean more generally. Originally from Sydney, Australia, he made his way to New York City, where he gained his PhD in Classical Studies at Columbia University, including a research year in Rome, Italy. Most recently, Dr. Jewell taught at Georgetown University, before coming to Rutgers University – Camden in the Fall of 2020. He is currently at work on a monograph tentatively entitled, Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire, 149 BCE – 68 CE. He has also excavated at the Villa Adriana, Italy, as a member of the Columbia University APAHA excavations, and maintains a strong interest in Roman art and archaeology, as well as Latin literature and epigraphy.

Fall 2021 Semester

Feel free to contact me via email for more information on the format and content for my Fall 2021 classes.


Office Phone: (856) 225-2813

Office: Room 102, Department of History, 429 Cooper Street

Email: evan.jewell AT

Personal Website:

Academic Twitter: @quidamabo

Preferred Pronouns: He/his/him

In-Person and Zoom Office Hours (Fall 2021)

Tuesdays, 11:30am-1:30pm or by appointment. (Email me for a Zoom link)


Ph.D. Classical Studies, Columbia University, 2019.

M.Phil. Classical Studies, Columbia University, 2015.

M.A. Classical Studies, Columbia University, 2014.

Bachelor of Ancient History (Honours), Macquarie University (Australia), 2011.

Other Training:

Visiting Student, Sapienza – Università di Roma, Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità, 2018-19.

Certificate in Latin Epigraphy, British School at Rome, 2014.



In preparation, Youth and Power: Acting Your Age in the Roman Empire (149 BCE – 68 CE).

Under contract, (eds) S. Ferruh Adalı, B. Gray, S. Hakenbeck, E. Isayev, E. Jewell, T. Kaçar, L. Mazurek, J. Mokrišová, Mobility in Antiquity: Rethinking the Ancient World through Movement. Routledge Rewriting Antiquity series: anticipated for 2024/25.

with Isayev, E. (2017-present), Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, Special Issue of Humanities 6 (3). Open Access. Published on a rolling basis. Full print edition expected in 2021.

Articles and Book Chapters

Forthcoming, “Remembering Differently: The exemplarity of populares as a site of ideological contest in late Republican oratory.” in Dinter, M. & Guérin, C. (eds), Cultural Memory in Republican and Augustan Rome. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge.

Forthcoming, “Concepts of Youth, 500 BC – 500 CE.” in Laes, C. & Vuolanto, V. (eds), The Cultural History of Youth in Antiquity. Bloomsbury Press: London.

(2020), “Fashioning an imperial aetas: Nero’s portrait, the depositio barbae, and the Iuvenalia.” in de Angelis, F. (ed.), Emperors in Images, Architecture, and Ritual: Augustus to Fausta. Selected Papers on Ancient Art and Architecture (SPAAA), vol.5, Archaeological Institute of America (AIA): Boston, M.A: 17-40.

(2019), “(Re)moving the Masses: Colonisation as Domestic Displacement in the Roman Republic.” in Isayev, E. and Jewell, E. (eds), Displacement and the Humanities: Manifestos from the Ancient to the Present, Special Issue of Humanities 6 (3): 1-41. Open Access: Download here.

(2018), “Like father, like son? The dynamics of family exemplarity and ideology in (fragmentary) Republican oratory.” in van der Blom, H., Gray, C., & Steel, C. (eds), Institutions and Ideology in Republican Rome: speech, audience, and decision. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 267-282.

Reviews: Sehepunkte 19 (2019) 7/8 – F. Knopf. Ancient History Bulletin (2019) 9 – L. Hodgson. JRS (2020) – R. Morstein-Marx.

Book Reviews

(2021), review in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2021.08.07) of: Loar, Matthew, Sarah Murray and Stefano Rebeggiani (ed.), (2019), The cultural history of Augustan Rome: texts, monuments, and topography. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press. Available here: 

(2016), [Review Article] “Another social history of Roman “youth”, with questions about its restlessness”, Journal of Roman Archaeology, 29: 642-650. Review of: Laes, C. & Strubbe, J. (2014), Youth in the Roman Empire. The Young and the Restless Years? Cambridge University Press.

Response from C. Laes in Saelesianum 79 (2017) 717-732.

Public Scholarship

(2021), “The Classicists in the History Department: Do We Face a Post-Classics Future?”, American Historical Association, Perspectives Daily, September 28 [online publication].

Selected Recent and Upcoming Talks

(+ by invitation)

  • “The aedileship, the agricultural handbook and the villa from Cato the Elder to Varro.” AgroCCol conference, Text and Practice: Interdisciplinary Dialogues on the Status of the Agricultural Treatise, HiSoMa – Lyon, France, June 1-3, 2022.

  • Adulescens, paene puer: Scripting Octavian’s age between slavery and youth.” Respondent: Amy Richlin (UCLA). Lees Seminar, Rutgers University – Camden, March 25, 2022. [online]

  • “Beyond the city walls: Varro, the aedileship and the villa,” Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS) Annual Conference 43, Hobart, Australia, February 8-11, 2022. [online]

  • +“Getting Lost and Finding Yourself in Ancient Rome,” Department of Classics, Princeton University, December 9, 2021.

  • +“Seeing Rome from the Streets: Wayfinding towards a Subaltern Topography of the City of Rome,” Department of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies, Bryn Mawr College, October 1, 2021.

  • +“Slaves to Rome, Freedmen to the Colonies: Philip V, Roman colonization and freedmen in the 3rd-2nd centuries BCE.” at The Politics of Empire in the Roman Republic: The Forum Unbounded (280 BCE – 20 CE), Villa Le Balze, Fiesole, Italy, April 28 – May 2, 2020. [postponed]

  • “Rediscovering Rome’s Youth: Iuventas in Early and Augustan Rome.” at Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar 34, Boston University, USA, July 10-12, 2020. [postponed]

  • “Wayfinding among the Living and the Dead: Monuments, Prepositions and Spatial Identities at Rome.” at The Spatial Turn in Roman Studies II, Durham University, UK, December 2-3, 2020. [online].

  • “Street View: Monuments, Prepositions and the Creation of Spatial Identities at Rome.” at North American Congress of Greek and Latin Epigraphy (NACGLE), Washington D.C., January 5-7, 2020.

  • +“Rome’s Next Generation: Youth Agency in the Late Republic and Augustan Age.” at Taking the lead in late Republican and early Imperial Rome: office, agency and initiative, University of Bielefeld, Germany, July 15-16, 2019.

  • “Upending Age Models: Octavian from puer to iuvenis.” at The Roman Civil Wars of 49-30 BCE: Analyzing the Breakdown of Models, The British School at Rome, Italy, July 22-24, 2019.

  • “Fashioning an imperial aetas: Nero’s portrait, the depositio barbae, and the Iuvenalia.” at Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting (January 4-7), Boston, January 5, 2018.

  • “Fashioning an imperial aetas: Nero’s portrait, the depositio barbae, and the Iuvenalia.” at Ages, Ageing, and Old Age in Greco-Roman Antiquity, VIII Arachne Conference, University of Gothenburg, Sweden, October 25-27, 2017.

  • Growing the State: The cult of Iuventas in the Middle Republic and Augustan Rome.” at Religion and the State in Classical Greece and Rome, Princeton University, September 22-23, 2017.