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Jayne Knight

Dr Jayne Knight is an Associate Investigator (2017) with the Centre, and a Lecturer in Classics at the University of Tasmania. Her research concerns the history of emotions in late Republican and early Imperial Rome. She is currently writing a monograph on anger and politics in ancient Rome and researching Machiavelli’s reception of Roman thought on the roles of emotions in politics. Jayne is particularly interested in how emotions feature in ancient rhetoric and kingship theory.

Jayne earned her BA and MA degrees in Classics from the University of Florida. She then moved to the University of British Columbia, where she completed her PhD in Classics in 2015. Her dissertation was a study of the dynamics of anger in Roman public life during the period of 70 BCE‒68 CE. Following her doctorate, Jayne taught Latin, ancient Greek, etymology and Roman history at the University of Victoria (Canada) and the University of British Columbia. She joined the University of Tasmania as Lecturer in Classics in June 2016. Jayne has integrated her teaching and research interests by developing a Classics Honours seminar on ‘Reading Roman Emotions’.

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The Renaissance of Roman Emotions in Machiavelli’s Political Theory


Book Chapter

Knight, J. 2016. ‘Anger as a Mechanism for Social Control in Imperial Rome’. In Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity, edited by Sanders and Johncock. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2016.


Review of Beard, M. 2014. Laughter in Ancient Rome: On Joking, Tickling, and Cracking Up. Berkeley: University of California Press. Phoenix 70 (Fall/Winter 2016): 1–5.

Review of Hawkins, T. 2014. Iambic Poetics in the Roman Empire. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press. Classical Journal (Nov 2016): 1–2.  

Review of Gowers, E. (ed.) 2012. Horace: Satires Book I. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Mnemosyne 68.1 (2014): 1–3.

Conference Presentations

Conference Panel Paper: ‘Anger and Discord in Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy, Australasian Society for Classical Studies 39th Annual Meeting and Conference, The University of Queensland, 30 January–2 February 2018.

Seminar Paper: ‘Anger and Political Authority in Early Imperial Rome’, Classics Seminar Series, The University of Sydney, 16 October 2017. 

Seminar Paper: ‘Class Conflict and Public Emotion in Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy’, University of Tasmania Classics Seminar Series, University of Tasmania, 25 August 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘The Angry Public in Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy‘, 31st Annual Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar ‘Roman Receptions’, San Diego State University, USA, 10‒14 July 2017.

Conference Panel Paper: ‘The Angry Multitude in Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy’, ‘Powerful Emotions/Emotions and Power c.400‒1850’ conference, University of York, UK, 28‒29 June 2017.

‘Caesar’s Emotions as Milestones in Cicero’s Caesarian Speeches’. Pacific Rim Roman Literature Seminar, Hobart, TAS, 2016.

Ira Caesaris and Ovid’s Exile Epistles: A New Reading’. SCS Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2015.         

‘Anger and Roman Kingship Theory in the Early Empire’. CAC Annual Meeting, Montréal, QC,         2014.      

‘The Role of Anger in Decision Making in Ciceronian Oratory’. CACW/CAPN Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, 2014.

‘Anger as a Mechanism for Social Control in Imperial Rome’. ‘Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity Colloquium’. Centre for Oratory and Rhetoric, Royal Holloway, University of London, 2013.