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Jonathan Master grew up in Wenonah, New Jersey and had the good fortune of having a nationally recognized Latin teacher in high school. He earned his BA in Classics and History at Columbia University in 2001, and then his PhD at Princeton in 2008. He joined the Emory faculty in 2007. He has taught a range of courses in Latin from beginning to advanced and a number of courses in translation. His research focuses on imperial Latin prose, especially historiography, and most recently Seneca’s views on historiography. His book Provincial Soldiers and Imperial Instability in the Histories of Tacitus is forthcoming from the University of Michigan Press. In it Master argues that Tacitus uses the civil wars of AD 69 to identify provincial subjects of the Roman Empire who serve in the military as a driving force of empire-wide instability.
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