Professor Catherine Steel
- Professor of Classics (Classics)
- Dean of Research (Arts College Senior Management)
I am a historian of Rome, and I’m particularly interested in political history and the relationship between individual and collective action and the institutional structures which frame and underpin those actions.
I started my research career working on the orator and politician Cicero and I continue to research and publish on his writings, particularly his speeches. More recently I have been working on the other orators of the Roman Republic – a huge number of speakers, who either did not write down their speeches or whose speeches did not survive beyond the end of classical antiquity. I’ve held a European Research Council starting grant to edit the testimonia and fragments for orators other than Cicero: this project, The Fragments of Republican Roman Orators is producing an edition of the material (forthcoming, Oxford University Press) as well as a range of contextual material.
I also have an ongoing interest in the Roman Senate in the Republican period. I held a British Academy mid-career fellowship in 2011-2012 to look at its institutional history and its importance as a model of republican government for subsequent polities, and I am currently working on a monograph on the Republican Roman Senate.
I have taught and researched at the University of Glasgow since 1999. Before that I read Classics at Oxford, getting my BA in 1995 and my PhD in 1999.
- £881,000: European Research Council - 'The fragments of Republican Roman Oratory'
- £141,000: British Academy mid-career fellowship - 'SPQR: the Roman Republican Senate in the 21st century'
- £17,500: Director of Classics, HEA HCA subject centre
- £450: Carnegie Trust: 'Reconsidering Roman Government at the end of the Republic: Pompeius' lex de prouinciis in context'0
- £15,000: Director of Classics, HEA HCA subject centre
I am particularly interested in supervising research students working on the following areas and topics:
- the Roman Republic, particularly its political history
- Roman oratory
- Roman political theory and practice, including its reception
I am also very happy to discuss proposals across a broader range of topics in Latin prose literature and Roman history.
I am currently supervising research students working on:
- Cicero and the Just War tradition
- rhetoric and the formation of Roman law
- the Severan monarchy
- Trajanic monumentality.
Past PhD theses supervised include:
- The pontifex maximus in the late Republic
- Dio the Rhetorician: Studies in Rhetoric and Rhetorical Education in Cassius Dio’s ‘Roman History’
- A New Study of the Rhetorica ad Herennium.
- Roman History; Latin language and prose literature
Professional activities & recognition
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2018: Irish Research Council, Postdoctoral Fellowships Outer Board
- 2008 - 2017: Journal of Roman Studies
Professional & learned societies
- 2012 - 2017: Secretary, Council of University Classical Departments
- 2008 - 2017: Council Member, Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
Selected international presentations
- 2016: Prentice Lecture (Princeton University)
- 2014: Rothman Lecture (University of Florida)