Aislinn Melchior

Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Melchoir teaches Greek and Latin, in addition to literature in translation, with classes ranging from Ancient Comedy to Roman Slavery. Her published work includes: “Caesar in Vietnam: Did soldiers in pre-modern wars suffer PTSD?” in Greece & Rome (2011); “What Would Pompeii Do? Exempla and Pompeian Failure in the Bellum Africum,” in Classical Journal (2009); and “Twinned Fortunes and the Publication of Cicero’s Pro Milone,” in Classical Philology (2008), among others. She has publicly lectured on Sallust and his critique of civil war and Plutarch’s use of humor. Her creative work includes a short play, Empire of Rape, set in both ancient and contemporary times, that examines the meaning of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.  She is currently at work on a project titled Blood & Rhetoric: How the Romans understood their own violence.


B.A., University of Washington, 1998; M.A., Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2002, 2004

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