Yelena Baraz

  • Princeton University
  • Department of Classics
  • Assistant Professor of Classics

I specialize in Latin literature, Roman cultural history, and history of ideas. I received my Ph.D. at UC Berkeley in 2004. In 2004-2005 I held the APA-NEH postdoctoral fellowship at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich. I taught at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, before coming to Princeton in 2007, where I currently hold the Jonathan Edwards Bicentennial Preceptorship.

I am interested in how literary texts shape, and are in turn shaped by, social and cultural forces. My first book, entitled A Written Republic: The Cultural Politics of Cicero’s Philosophy, was published by Princeton University Press in 2012. It locates the body of philosophical work Cicero produced in the 40s BCE under Caesar’s dictatorship in its historical and cultural context, investigating writing philosophy as a cultural act. I have co-edited, with C. van den Berg, a special issue of AJP on intertextuality (134:2013). I have written articles on Pliny, Vergil, and both Senecas, and have contributed lexicographical articles to the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae: my particular favorites are the adjective popularis and the exclamation pol. I am now working on a book that explores various aspects of pride and related concepts in Roman society across periods and genres. I have also become very interested in post-Vergilian pastoral, especially Calpurnius Siculus, and expect to turn to that next.