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Biography

Junia is a lecturer, tutor, and doctoral student. She specializes in the figures, culture, and society of the late Roman Republic, focusing upon the Liberatores and their sympathizers - namely, Gaius Cassius Longinus, Marcus Junius Brutus, and Cicero. However, outside of this, she has a keen interest in the daily life of ancient peoples, particularly focusing her research on Greek and Roman philosophies, numismatics, art, portraiture, and the literature of the late Republic and early Augustan age. This is consolidated in her dissertation, entitled "Gaius Cassius Longinus: the History and Memory of a Liberator."

More recently, she is engaging with three projects: (a) the reinterpretation of RRC 498/1 and 499/1, (b) the linguistics and contextualisation of the remaining letters written by Cassius, and (c) the archaeological sites of Philippi and Thasos to identify the famous battlefield and grave of Cassius. 

From her childhood in Miami, Junia then lived in Rome for 9 years, where she got her BA (magna cum laude) in Classical Studies. During this time, she conducted research in Turkey, Athens, Philippi, Thasos, and archaeological training in Baia, Naples, Minorca, and Lake Tiberius in Israel. Amidst these experiences, Junia went to the University of Manchester, where she concentrated on Latin and focused her research on Cassius and his philosophy, earning her a MA (with Merit) in 2019. Since then, Junia has held several academic positions, including lecturer in Classics, student tutor, and assistant professor for all levels of Latin.

Qualifications

PhD Candidate | University of Roehampton 

M.A. Ancient and Classical Civilisation | University of Manchester

B.A. Classical Studies, Minor in Philosophy | John Cabot University, Rome, Italy

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Student Mentor, University of Roehampton 

Student Tutor, University of Roehampton | John Cabot University

Underwater Archaeology, Sanisera Archaeological School 

Wadi el Hamam Archaeological Site, University of Jerusalem 

Ancient Athens and Greece, The American School of Classical Studies in Athens 

Teaching

  • Beginning - Intermediate Latin 
  • Advanced Latin 
  • Beginning Greek 
  • Rome: Epic and Empire
  • The Secrets of Empire: the Roman Principate
  • Roman Influences in Ancient Greece*

Research interests

My area of specialisation is the culture and society of the late Roman Republic, particuarly between the years of 100-42 BCE. However, I also have specialised in Latin and ancient philosophy.

Other areas of interest include the literature of the Roman Republic and Principate, Greco-Roman fashion and textiles, the reign of Trajan, Greek and Roman art and architecture, Pompeii and the Vesuvian area, and numismatic studies. 

Research projects

Current 

I am currently progressing on my doctoral project, titled "Gaius Cassius Longinus: the History and Memory of the Liberator." Throughout the eras, the stories that Cassius has left behind paint a vivid picture of a complex man, unwavering in his beliefs, unyielding in his ambition, and merciless in his resolve. Yet, during his lifetime, Cassius was a renowned commander and devoted republican in his own right. Therefore, this dissertation aims to demonstrate how Cassius attempted to fashion his image into that of a Liberator and examine the subsequent evolution of his memory from the late Republic into the Principate. 

2022

  • The Reputation and Image of Cassius during the late Republic and early Augustan Age

2021

  • Cassian Portraiture and RRC 514/2
  • The Liberator: Cassius and the Cassian Materials

2019

  • Gaius Cassius Longinus: the Philosophical Evolution of the Tyrannicide 
  • Epicurean and Platonic Dialogues on Death and the Afterlife 
  • The Cassian Letters

2017

  • Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius Longinus: Politics and Philosophy in the Late Roman Republic 
  • Roman and Greek Identity in Cicero 
  • Brutus and the Exempla of the Mos Maiorum 
  • The Ideal and Identity in Classical Athens: Doryphoros & The Tyrannicide Statue 
  • Violence in the Late Roman Republic

2016

  • The Good Life: Philosophical Similarities of Living Well in Platonic, Stoic, and Epicurean Philosophy
  • The Image of Caesar in Catullus 

Notable Achievements

2017

  • Premio America Award | Rome, Italy

2016

  • 'The Good Life: Living Well in Platonic, Stoic, and Epicurean Philosophy,' Ancient Roman Magazine. 

Links

Email: trope@roehampton.ac.uk

Education/Academic qualification

Classical Civilisation, PhD, University of Roehampton

Award Date: 1 Oct 2024

Classical Studies, BA (Hons), John Cabot University

Classics and Ancient History, MA, University of Manchester

  • Premio America

    Trop, Junia (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

  • Rome: Epic and Empire

    Junia Trop (Keynote/plenary speaker)

    2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic eventParticipation in academic workshop, seminar, course

  • John Cabot University

    Junia Trop (Visiting lecturer)

    20182020

    Activity: Visiting an external institutionVisiting an external academic institution

  • Ancient Greece

    Amy Smith (Organiser) & Junia (Emelia) Trop (Participant)

    Jun 2016Aug 2016

    Activity: Participating in or organising an academic eventParticipation in academic workshop, seminar, course