Shane Bjornlie, Ph.D.
Professor Bjornlie is a historian of the Roman Mediterranean and Europe. His research examines the period known as Late Antiquity (4th through 6th centuries AD), with overlap in the study of the High Roman Empire (1st through 3rd centuries AD) and the Early Middle Ages (to the 9th century AD). Professor Bjornlie's primary historical interest is in the political, economic and cultural end of the Roman Empire in the western Mediterranean and Europe and in the ways that the end of the Roman Empire registered in the political, intellectual and religious lives of communities and individuals. His current research project (a book titled, The End of Empire in Late Antique Memory) examines how authors of the late-4th through 10th centuries signified and re-imagined historical episodes as consequential to the fragmentation and end of the western Roman Empire.
Areas of Expertise
Ancient & Medieval Literature
Selected Research and Publications
"'Thesaurus nostrae pietatis': the rhetoric of virtue in Cassiodorus' Variae" (In progress)
"Romans, barbarians and provincials in the Res Gestae of Ammianus Marcellinus". In Cinzia Grifoni, Clemens Gantner, Walter Pohl and Marianne Pollheimer, Transformations of Romanness: Regions and Identities (DeGruyter, forthcoming 2017)
The Life and Legacy of Constantine: Traditions through the Ages, edited (Ashgate, 2016)
A Companion to Ostrogothic Italy, co-edited with Jonathan Arnold and Kristina Sessa (Brill, 2016)
"The rhetoric of varietas and epistolary encyclopedism in the Variae of Cassiodorus". In Geoffrey Greatrex, ed., Shifting Genres in Late Antiquity (Ashgate, 2015)
"Law, ethnicity and taxes in Ostrogothic Italy", Early Medieval Europe 22.2 (2014)
Politics and Tradition between Rome, Ravenna and Constantinople: A Study of Cassiodorus and the Variae (Cambridge UP, 2013) Winner of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South First Book Award for 2016
Selected Awards and Affiliations
Winner of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South First Book Award for 2016
Andrew Heiskell Post-doctoral Rome Prize Winner for the American Academy in Rome 2011
Contributing Faculty, Claremont Colleges Intercollegiate Classics Program and Late Antique-Medieval Studies (LAMS) Program
Member of the Editorial Board for the Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Shane Bjornlie, Ph.D.
Associate ProfessorEducation: M.A., Ph.D. Princeton University (2006)Department(s): HistoryOffice Hours: Monday, 1:00 - 4:00 PMWednesday, 1:00 - 4 PMEmail: email@example.comPhone: (909) 621-8840Address: Kravis Center 208Curriculum Vitae: Curriculum Vitae, online version.docx
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