Julia Mebane

Julia Mebane

Assistant Professor, Classical Studies


  • B.A., Scripps College , 2011
  • M.A., University of Chicago, 2014
  • Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2017

Research areas

  • Roman political thought and its reception
  • Metaphor
  • Republicanism
  • Civil War
  • The dynastic succession

About Julia Mebane

My research explores the intersection of Latin literature and Roman political thought, particularly how political ideas are expressed and communicated in texts that fall outside the canonical boundaries of political theory. My first book, The Body Politic in Roman Political Thought, explores how Roman thinkers used the metaphor of the body politic to address changes in constitutional form between 63 BCE and 68 CE. Other research interests include the reception of Roman Republicanism under the empire, the dynastic succession as a problem of political thought, and the representation of civil war in Latin literature.