Classics and Modern Languages

Dr. Thomas Strunk

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

(He, Him, His)

Degrees

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

Interests

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

Books

  • On the Fall of the Roman Republic: Lessons for the American People.  New York: Anthem Press, 2022.
  • History after Liberty: Tacitus on Tyrants, Sycophants, and Republicans.  Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2017.

Articles

  • “Conspicuous by Their Absence: Brutus, Cassius, and Cato the Younger in the Writings of Tacitus.”  Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman PoliticalThought 39.2 Forthcoming 2022.

  • “History by Analogy: Cato the Younger and Caesar in Livy’s Account of the Second Punic War.”  Ancient History Bulletin 35.1-2 (2021): 74-91.

  • “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).

Works in Progress

  • The Lives of Cato the Younger: Philosopher, Traitor, Republican.  Under contract with University of Michigan Press.

Recent and Upcoming Talks  

  • “The Confederacy, Cato the Younger, and Lost Causes,” Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, January 6, 2022. 
  • “I Will Tear Down My Barns: Ancient Catholic Social Teaching.” Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education, June 2-6, 2021.
  • “Conspicuous by Their Absence: Cassius and Brutus in the Works of Tacitus.”  Classical Association of the Middle West and South, 117th Annual Meeting, April 7, 2021.
  • “Cato among the Feminists: 18th Century Female Writers on Cato the Younger.”  Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting, January 6, 2021. 

Recent Classes

  • Core 100: Caesar: Tyranny and Political Violence
  • Classics 205: Literature and the Moral Imagination
  • Latin 311: History of Ancient Rome - Sallust
  • Greek 202: Attic Tragedy
  • Greek 351: Thucydides
  • Latin 331: Lucretius