I work on the late republic, especially Sallust, who appeals to me because he watched his world fall apart and because he is fascinated by troublemakers— even if not always sympathetic to them. My own focus is particularly on Sallust’s Historiae and on Sallust’s representation of Roman rhetoric. I have also been working recently in classical reception, where my research is focused on the modernist American poet E.E. Cummings. I like the way that Cummings responds to Classical verse: ambitious, provocative, and disobedient.

          I have been at Oxford since I read Ancient & Modern History as an undergraduate. I did my graduate work on Sallust’s Historiae, and I am now Senior College Lecturer in Ancient History / Director of Studies for Classics at Regent’s Park College (Oxford). I teach Roman history and classical reception. I can be contacted by e-mail at “alison.rosenblitt@classics.ox.ac.uk” or by post to Regent’s Park. I will always be happy to talk to candidates interested in applying to Regent’s Park to study Classics, Classics & English, Ancient & Modern History, or Classical Archaeology & Ancient History. Follow links here for my Regent’s Park College profile and my Faculty of Classics (University of Oxford) profile.

          I am currently writing my third book: a commercial non-fiction book which sold to W.W. Norton via my literary agent, Georgina Capel. Meanwhile, I am very honoured to have received a CAMWS 2018 First Book Award for E.E. Cummings’ Modernism and the Classics.



Rome after Sulla. Bloomsbury Academic. Hardback, paperback, and e-book. manuscript in preparation. Publication expected 10 January 2019.

E.E. Cummings’ Modernism and the Classics: Each Imperishable Stanza. Oxford University Press: Classical Presences Series (2016).

Recipient, CAMWS 2018 First Book Award.

Reviewed by: John Talbot, Translation and LiteratureA.M. Juster, Claremont Review of BooksAdam Lecznar, Classics for AllJoanna Paul, Greece & Rome (reception literature review) • David Farley, Classical Review



2016. ‘Hostile Politics: Sallust and the rhetoric of popular champions in the late republic.American Journal of Philology 137, 655-88.

2014. The Turning Tide: the politics of the year 79 b.c.e.Transactions of the American Philological Association 144, 415-44.

2014. “a twilight smelling of Vergil”: E.E. Cummings, Classics, and the Great War.Greece & Rome 61, 242-60.

2013. ‘Pretentious Scansion, Fascist Aesthetics, and a Father-complex for Joyce: E.E. Cummings on Sapphics and Ezra Pound.Cambridge Classical Journal 59, 178-98.

2013. ‘Sallust’s Historiae and the voice of Sallust’s Lepidus.Arethusa 46, 447-70.

2012. ‘Rome and North Korea: Totalitarian Questions.Greece & Rome 59, 202-13.

2011. ‘The “devotio” of Sallust’s Cotta.American Journal of Philology 132, 397-427.

2006. ‘The Lindisfarne Gospels and the Aesthetics of Anglo-Saxon Art.’ Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and History 13, 105-17.



forthcoming. ‘Sulla’s long shadow... Sallust in Tacitus and Tacitus in Sallust’ in Alexandra Eckert and Alexander Thein (eds), Sulla Felix: Politics, Public Image, and Reception. Swansea: Classical Press of Wales.

forthcoming. ‘Afterword: Modernism Going Forward’ in Miranda Hickman and Lynn Kozak (eds), The Classics in Modernist Translation. London: Bloomsbury Academic.



Profile of E.E. Cummings at Spank the Carp, November 2017 issue. ONLINE LITERARY MAGAZINE PIECE.

‘E.E. Cummings’ “All in green went my love riding”.’ EEC Society blog. BLOG POST.

Fellows Find: The Goat-footed Paganism of E.E. Cummings.’ Cultural Compass: The Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin) blog. BLOG POST.

‘Pagan Poetry: the faun, the satyr, and the chase.’ The Worcester Review 37 (2016): 103-9. LITERARY MAGAZINE ESSAY.

Review of James Dempsey. The Tortured Life of Scofield Thayer. University Press of Florida, 2014. Hardback. 256pp. $39.95. In Spring: the Journal of the E.E. Cummings Society 21-22 (2015-2016). BOOK REVIEW.



FURTHER LINKS: profile at academia.edu; profile at Georgina Capel Associates Ltd.


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