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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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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