Timothy Clark

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Classics and the College
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2020
Research Interests: Roman relations with the ancient Near East; the use of urban space and architecture to communicate political ideology in the ancient world; the reception of ancient history by modern political actors.

Timothy Clark is a Humanities Teaching Fellow in the Department of Classics and the College at the University of Chicago. Following degrees at Amherst College (BA in Classics, 2012, magna cum laude) and the University of Oxford (MPhil in ancient history, 2014), he completed his doctorate in Classics at the University of Chicago in June 2020. His dissertation, The Nature of Dominance: Roman Representations of Parthia and Armenia and the Development of New Narratives of Imperial Victory, examined how Roman officials used ceremony, art, and coinage to reaffirm Roman dominance over Parthia and Armenia while continually adjusting the definition of imperial victory based on the particular circumstances of Roman relations with these eastern states. His research interests center around the articulation and negotiation of political power and cultural identity between Rome and the peoples, cultures, and polities on its eastern frontier, especially the Parthians, Armenians and Sasanians. He has also investigated the use of cities and urban space to disseminate and articulate political ideology across the long history of the Roman empire as well as the the reception of ancient history by modern political actors.

Recent Publications

“Medes.” Victora Págan, ed., The Tacitus Encyclopedia (Willey-Blackwell 2022) (forthcoming).