Dr. Thomas Strunk

Associate Professor of Classics
Director, Classics and Philosophy Honors Program
Director of Faculty Programming, Mission and Identity

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Ph.D. and M.A. Loyola University Chicago
B.A. Pennsylvania State University


Roman history and historiography, Roman political thought, Roman philosophy, the music and poetry of Bob Dylan, the classical tradition and the African-American experience

Recent Publications


  • History after Liberty: Tacitus on Tyrants, Sycophants, and Republicans.  Forthcoming: Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.


  • “Deconstructing the Monuments: Tacitus on the Mausoleum and Res Gestae of Augustus.”  In Sources et modèles des historiens anciens.  Ed. Olivier Devillers and Breno Battistin Sebastiani, 219-231.  Scripta Antiqua 109.  Bordeaux: Ausonius Éditions, 2018.

  • "Socrates and St. Ignatius: The Mad Man, the Monk and the Philology of Liberation."  Jesuit Higher Education 4.1 (2015).

  • "Collaborators Amongst the Opposition? Deconstructing the Imperial Cursus Honorum."  Arethusa 48.1 (2015): 47-58.

  • "Rape and Revolution: Tacitus on Livia and Augustus."  Latomus 73 (2014): 126-148.

  • "Domitian's Lightning Bolts and Close Shaves in Pliny." Classical Journal 109.1 (2013): 88-113.

Works in Progress

  • On the Republic: Lessons for America from the Fall of the Roman Republic
  • The Lives of Cato the Younger

Recent and Upcoming Talks

  • “Politics by Other Means – Cato of Utica on the 18th Century Stage.”  Classical Association of the Middle West and South – Southern Section, 98th Annual Meeting.  Winston-Salem, NC. October 18, 2018.

  • “Cato the Younger: A Politician for Our Times.”  American Classical League, Annual Institute.  Missoula, MT.  June 29, 2018.

  • “Plato, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Racial Justice in America.”  Jesuit Justice Conference.  Seattle, WA.  August 12, 2017.

  •  "Tacitus and History after Liberty."  Robert Murray Lecture.  Xavier University.  April 2, 2016.

Recent Classes

  • Core 100: Caesar: Tyranny and Political Violence
  • Classics 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination
  • Latin 341: Tacitus
  • Greek 341: Thucydides
  • Greek 331: Plato Republic
  • Latin 331: Lucretius