Julie Mebane

Julie 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
  • Civil war
  • Metaphor and figurative language
  • The reception of classical antiquity in 19th-century historiography
  • Gender and sexuality

About Julie Mebane

My research explores the intersection of Latin literature and Roman political culture, particularly how political ideas are expressed and communicated in texts that fall outside the canonical boundaries of political theory. My current book project, 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. Drawing on writers ranging from Varro to Seneca, I emphasize figurative speech as a crucial avenue through which political thought occurred. My next project focuses on the period of the second triumvirate, asking how Roman political culture changed in response to a period of prolonged civil war. Other research interests include the Neronian poet Lucan, imperial historiography, and the reception of Roman republicanism.