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Kathryn Tempest


Former affiliation
  • 208 Howard, Digby Stuart


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Personal profile


BA (hons, 1st), MA (Dist.), Phd (Lond.)

Research interests

My research focuses on Cicero, Roman Oratory, and Roman Republican history, as well as the theory and practice of rhetoric more generally. My book Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome (Continuum, 2011; reprinted by Bloomsbury, 2013) explores the political and oratorical career of Rome’s foremost advocate. I have also co-edited a book on Hellenistic Oratory: Continuity and Change with Christos Kremmydas (Oxford University Press, 2013) revealing the dynamic character of oratory in the Hellenistic period. More recently, I have written a biography of Caesar's famous assassin: Brutus: The Noble Conspirator (Yale University Press, 2017). But it does not just tell the story of his life; it also examines how that story was transmitted and interpreted from antiquity to today (you can read reviews online at BMCR and History Today). I am currently completing work on the pseudepigrapha of M. Iunius Brutus and Mithridates; this project has received generous funding from the Leverhulme Trust and the International Society for the History of Rhetoric.



    Brutus    Hellenistic Oratory



I have over fifteen years' teaching and examining experience in the fields of Latin language, Latin literature and Roman history from introductory lecture courses to postgraduate seminars. At undergraduate level I teach general courses on Latin language and literature, as well as more specialised options such as 'Love and Sexuality in Ancient Poetry' and 'Cicero and Rome in the Late Republic'. I welcome informal enquiries from postgraduate students who are interested in undertaking research for our MRes or PhD courses on any aspect of the literature and/or politics of the late republic and early imperial periods.

Professional affiliations

  • Vice President of The Classical Association 
  • Vice President of the Association of Latin Teachers
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Roman Society 
  • Member of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
  • Member of the Society for Classical Studies

Research Output

Meidias and the Mute Witness: Cicero’s debt to Demosthenes in the Verrines reconsidered

Tempest, K., 27 May 2019, In : GRBS (Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies). 59, 2, p. 215-241 27 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Classics and Twenty-First Century Skills

Tempest, K. & Holmes-Henderson, A., Aug 2018, Forward with Classics: Classical Languages in Schools and Communities. Holmes-Henderson, A., Hunt, S. & Musié, M. (eds.). Bloomsbury, p. 231-241

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Brutus: The Noble Conspirator

Tempest, K., 24 Oct 2017, Yale University Press. 314 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Oratorical Performance in Pliny's Letters

Tempest, K., Apr 2017, Theatre of Justice: Aspects of Performance in Greco-Roman Oratory and Rhetoric. Papaioannou, S., Serafim, A. & de Vela, B. (eds.). Leiden: Brill, p. 175-197 22 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access

What is the Issue? Cicero's Defence of Milo

Tempest, K., Mar 2017, In : Omnibus. 73, p. 18-21

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Prosecution Techniques in Cicero's Verrines

Kathryn Tempest (Recipient), 1 Oct 2002

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively

The Pseudepigrapha of Marcus Iunius Brutus

Kathryn Tempest (Recipient), 1 Aug 2015

Prize: Fellowship awarded competitively


The Latin Letters of Pseudo-Brutus

Kathryn Tempest (Speaker)
29 Mar 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachInvited talk

Brutus: De nobele samenzeerder

Kathryn Tempest (Speaker)
28 May 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachPublic lecture/debate/seminar

From Cicero to Capella: Artes Liberales and the Liberal Arts

Kathryn Tempest (Speaker)
14 Dec 2019

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

Engineering Exemplarity: The Case of M. Iunius Brutus

Kathryn Tempest (Speaker)
14 Jun 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachInvited talk

Responding to Roman Rule: The Letters of Brutus and Mithridates

Kathryn Tempest (Speaker)
6 Sep 2019

Activity: Public engagement and outreachInvited talk


The impact of Roman culture: a study of the countryside in Sussex

Author: Rudling, D., 2015

Supervisor: Behr, C. (Supervisor), Tempest, K. (Supervisor) & Dean, T. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis