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 am working now on my first academic book, Rome after Sulla. I am interested more generally in Roman republican political history (especially the 70s BC), in Roman political thought, in the textual relationships between Sallust and Cicero, and in Tacitus, who regarded Sallust as his greatest predecessor. More recently, I have been working also 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, and I am currently at Balliol College. I did my graduate work on the speeches from Sallust’s Historiae and I now teach Roman history. I love teaching: I think that students ask good questions.

I can be contacted by e-mail at “alison.rosenblitt@classics.ox.ac.uk” or by post at Balliol.


Roman history & historiography.

2014. The Turning Tide: the politics of the year 79 B.C.E.Transactions of the American Philological Association 144, 415-44.

2013. ‘Sallust’s Historiae and the voice of Sallust’s Lepidus.Arethusa 46, 447-470.

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.


Classical reception & E.E. Cummings.

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.



forthcoming. 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 (2015).

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


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