Elizabeth Crump

Elizabeth Crump

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

Title of thesis: The Discourse of Autocracy in Julio-Claudian Literature 

Supervisors:  Professor Diana Spencer and Dr Gareth Sears

Doctoral research

PhD title
The Discourse of Autocracy in Julio-Claudian Literature 
Supervisors
Professor Diana Spencer and Dr Gareth Sears
Course
Classics and Ancient History PhD/MA by Research (On-Campus or by Distance Learning)

Research

In my research I examine the development of the discourse of autocracy in Latin literature during the Julio-Claudian era. Using the theoretical framework of discourse theory I explore how Latin writers engaged with earlier discourse, in particular the conflict between traditions passed down from the Roman Republic and the realities of the Principate. I am especially interested in how Latin writers viewed the place of autocracy and the figure of the emperor in the evolution of Roman politics, society, and identity.