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Carolyn Tobin *19

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I grew up in Carlisle, Massachuetts and earned my BA from Wellesley College in May 2013 (summa cum laude), where I wrote my senior thesis on the mutinies of Lucan’s Bellum Civile. I began working on my PhD in Classics at Princeton in the fall of 2013 in the Program in the Ancient World, with broad research interests in late Republican Roman history, epigraphy, numismatics, and historical epic. While at Princeton, I have been an Assistant Instructor for Hellenistic history, Roman republican history, and Latin language courses.

I am in the midst of a dissertation on memories of Sulla in the Republican period. More specifically, I focus on the beneficiaries of Sulla’s regime within Italy – the profiteers of the proscriptions, his freedmen, his veterans, and his family – and attempt to understand both how their activities after Sulla’s death helped to shape his lasting reputation in the first century BC and conversely how the specter of Sulla influenced the way these men and women were perceived.