Dr Eleanor Cowan

BA Sydney LLB Sydney PhD Exeter
Lecturer in Roman History

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The University of Sydney

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Research interests

  • Roman history, especially the Late Republic and Early Principate
  • History of ideas and concepts
  • Writers of the Augustan and Tiberian periods
  • Democracy and the Roman Plebs
  • Historiography

Teaching and supervision

  • LATN 1600 Introduction to Latin
  • ANHS 1600 Foundations for Greek History
  • ANHS 1601 Foundations for Roman History
  • ANHS 2601 Ancient Imperialisms
  • ANHS 2602 Law, Disorder and Ideology
  • ANHS 2610 SPQR
  • ANHS 3611 Research Issues in Roman History
  • ANHS 3632 Livy: Republics past and present

Current projects

  • Optimus Status. The Roman Republic from Cicero to Tiberius.
  • Writing the Roman Revolution: Velleius Paterculus.
  • Rule of Law

The Roman law Network

The Roman Law Network began in 2014. Current membership includes academics, teachers and legal practitioners. The Network has a broad interest Roman Law. Current areas of research interest include the 'Rule of Law' Project (EleanorCowan, Michael Sevel, Andrew Pettinger, Kit Morrell). For further information on the Roman Law Network, its meetings and other activities, please contact EleanorCowan.

Papers and Conference submissions

  • Jan 2015 ‘optimus status, felicissimus status, tranquillus status or Velleius Paterculus and Valerius Maximus read Tiberian rhetoric’ ASCS Conference, University of Adelaide.
  • September 2014 ‘Velleius and Augustus’ at ‘Augustus from a Distance’ University of Sydney.
  • 7 June, 2014. ‘Writing the Roman Revolution. Velleius Paterculus’. The Roman Society, UK
  • 2013. ‘Abiding by the law in Cicero's forensic rhetoric’. Australasian Society for Classical Studies. January 19th.
  • 2010. ‘Appian and Deceit’. Appian Conference (University of Sydney). April 5th.

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2014

  • History in crisis: writing the Roman revolution 44b.c.-a.d. 30: case study, Velleius Paterculus; Cowan E; DVC Research/Brown Fellowships.

Selected publications

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Edited Books

  • Cowan, E. (2011). Velleius Paterculus: Making History. Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.

Book Chapters

  • Cowan, E. (2015). Deceit in Appian. In Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War, (pp. 185-203). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Cowan, E. (2011). Introduction. In Eleanor Cowan (Eds.), Velleius Paterculus: Making History, (pp. ix-xiii). Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Cowan, E. (2011). Velleius and the princeps Romani nominis. In Eleanor Cowan (Eds.), Velleius Paterculus: Making History, (pp. 335-346). Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.

Journals

  • Cowan, E. (2016). Caesar's one fatal wound. Suet. Div. Iul. 82.3. Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, 108.
  • Cowan, E. (2016). Contesting Clementia. The rhetoric of severitas in Tiberian Rome before and after the trial of Clutorius Priscus (forthcoming). Journal of Roman Studies.
  • Cowan, E. (2009). 'Marius' in Nicolaus of Damascus. Some Implications from Chronology. Athenaeum: studi periodici di letteratura e storia dell'antichita, 97(1), 159-168.
  • Cowan, E. (2009). Tacitus, Tiberius and Augustus. Classical Antiquity, 28(2), 179-210. [More Information]
  • Cowan, E. (2009). Tiberius and Augustus in Tiberian Sources. Historia: Zeitschrift fuer Alte Geschichte/revue d'histoire ancienne/journal of ancient history/rivista di storia antica, 58(4), 468-485.
  • Cowan, E. (2008). Libertas in the Philippics. Prudentia, 37-38, 140-152.
  • Chambers, E. (2002). Having Hirtius to Dinner: optimates and populares in the Late Republic. Eras, 3.

Reference Works

  • Cowan, E. (2016). Julio-Claudians (forthcoming). In D. Clayman (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Oxford University Press.
  • Cowan, E. (2014). Velleius Paterculus. In Dee Clayman (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies in Classics (DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195389661-0164). Oxford University Press.

Other

  • Cowan, E. (2014), Review of V. Arena, Libertas Libertas and the Practice of Politics in the Late Roman Republic, Phoenix 67 (2013) n.3-4: 415-417.
  • Cowan, E. (2009), Church and Brodribb's Tacitus. Annals, Histories, Agricola and Germany.
  • Cowan, E. (2009), Shorter and extended notes on Church and Brodribb's Tacitus. Annals, Histories, Agricola and Germany.

2016

  • Cowan, E. (2016). Caesar's one fatal wound. Suet. Div. Iul. 82.3. Harvard Studies in Classical Philology, 108.
  • Cowan, E. (2016). Contesting Clementia. The rhetoric of severitas in Tiberian Rome before and after the trial of Clutorius Priscus (forthcoming). Journal of Roman Studies.
  • Cowan, E. (2016). Julio-Claudians (forthcoming). In D. Clayman (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Oxford University Press.

2015

  • Cowan, E. (2015). Deceit in Appian. In Kathryn Welch (Eds.), Appian's Roman History: Empire and Civil War, (pp. 185-203). Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales.

2014

  • Cowan, E. (2014), Review of V. Arena, Libertas Libertas and the Practice of Politics in the Late Roman Republic, Phoenix 67 (2013) n.3-4: 415-417.
  • Cowan, E. (2014). Velleius Paterculus. In Dee Clayman (Eds.), Oxford Bibliographies in Classics (DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780195389661-0164). Oxford University Press.

2011

  • Cowan, E. (2011). Introduction. In Eleanor Cowan (Eds.), Velleius Paterculus: Making History, (pp. ix-xiii). Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Cowan, E. (2011). Velleius and the princeps Romani nominis. In Eleanor Cowan (Eds.), Velleius Paterculus: Making History, (pp. 335-346). Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.
  • Cowan, E. (2011). Velleius Paterculus: Making History. Swansea, UK: The Classical Press of Wales.

2009

  • Cowan, E. (2009). 'Marius' in Nicolaus of Damascus. Some Implications from Chronology. Athenaeum: studi periodici di letteratura e storia dell'antichita, 97(1), 159-168.
  • Cowan, E. (2009), Church and Brodribb's Tacitus. Annals, Histories, Agricola and Germany.
  • Cowan, E. (2009), Shorter and extended notes on Church and Brodribb's Tacitus. Annals, Histories, Agricola and Germany.
  • Cowan, E. (2009). Tacitus, Tiberius and Augustus. Classical Antiquity, 28(2), 179-210. [More Information]
  • Cowan, E. (2009). Tiberius and Augustus in Tiberian Sources. Historia: Zeitschrift fuer Alte Geschichte/revue d'histoire ancienne/journal of ancient history/rivista di storia antica, 58(4), 468-485.

2008

  • Cowan, E. (2008). Libertas in the Philippics. Prudentia, 37-38, 140-152.

2002

  • Chambers, E. (2002). Having Hirtius to Dinner: optimates and populares in the Late Republic. Eras, 3.

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