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Brahm Kleinman *18

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I grew up in Montreal and received my BA and MA in Classics from McGill University. My research lies in Greek and Roman history, and especially in the history of the Roman Republic. My interests include aristocratic competition, political corruption, rhetoric, imperial administration, interactions between rulers and the conquered, and class relations. I began my Ph.D in Classics (Program in the Ancient World) at Princeton in 2012, and am now entering my sixth and final year in the program.

My dissertation is entitled Scandals and Sanctions: Holding Roman Republican Officials Accountable (202-49 B.C.). This project explores Roman attitudes towards their own imperialism in the western and eastern Mediterranean and its consequences. I examine Roman responses to cases of embezzlement, unsanctioned and excessive violence, provincial extortion, seizure of cultural artifacts, and other offenses. I analyze how Roman elite self-fashioning and cultural practices changed in response to these controversies.

I am passionate about teaching and have had great experiences as an Instructor and Assistant Instructor for language, history, and culture courses at McGill, Princeton, and the Princeton Prison Teaching Initiative. I am currently leading a team in teaching a Classical Mythology class at East Jersey State Prison.