Jared Secord

Biography and Interests: 

Jared Secord (Ph.D. Greek and Roman History, University of Michigan, 2012) is Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities, and a Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows of the Liberal Arts. His research focuses on the cultural, religious, and intellectual history of the Roman Empire and the Hellenistic World, and on Greek prose literature of the Hellenistic and Imperial periods. He is currently at work on a book manuscript, An Ancient Culture War: Cross-Cultural Intellectual Encounters in the Roman World, 100 BCE – 300 CE. The book challenges the traditional conception and periodization of the “Second Sophistic,” and argues that the classical revival of Greek culture under Roman rule was the product of an international debate concerning Greece’s place in world history, and the value of the Greek classics. He is also beginning work on a new project which focuses on the significance of ancient botanical and zoological literature for Greek and Roman ideas about heredity and identity.


Recent Publications: 

Recent Articles:

  • “Overcoming Environmental Determinism: Introduced Species, Hybrid Plants and Animals, and Transformed Lands in the Hellenistic and Roman Worlds.” In The Routledge Handbook of Identity and the Environment in the Classical and Early Medieval Worlds. Eds. Rebecca Futo Kennedy and Molly Jones-Lewis. New York and London: Routledge. Forthcoming in 2015.
  • “Medicine and Sophistry in Hippolytus’ Refutatio.” Studia Patristica 65 (2013), 217-224.
  • “The Cultural Geography of a Greek Christian: Irenaeus from Smyrna to Lyons.” In Irenaeus: Life, Scripture, Legacy. Eds. Paul Foster and Sara Parvis. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2012, 25–33.