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Between Swords and a Mountain: Tarpeia, the Gauls, and Elaborations of Roman Myth

Jaclyn Neel
Thursday, February 8, 2018
4:00-5:00 PM
2175 - Classics Library Angell Hall Map
Between Swords and a Mountain: Tarpeia, the Gauls, and elaborations of Roman myth - a lecture by Jaclyn Neel, Temple University

Jaclyn Neel is an instructional assistant professor of Classics at Temple University. She received her PhD from the University of Toronto (2012), has authored several articles, and two books on Roman myth, religion, and literature, including Legendary Rivals: Collegiality and Ambition in the Tales of Early Rome (Brill, 2014) and Early Rome: Myth and Society (Wiley, forthcoming).

"In this paper I attempt to recover the outlines of a pre-Livian, patriotic version of the tale of Tarpeia. The death of Tarpeia is an unusual Livian negative exemplum, and as such has puzzled commentators since Ogilvie. Yet her story, as Welch 2015 has well illuminated, is among the best-represented Roman myths. Building on my forthcoming work demonstrating that Tarpeia can be depicted as a Gaul, rather than a Roman, I will suggest several possible reconstructions of an early annalistic account of Tarpeia's death."
Building: Angell Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Classical Studies