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Karine Laporte

PhD candidate

K. Laporte
+31 71 527 4186

Fields of interest

  • Herodian
  • Greek and Latin biography and historiography
  • Ancient kingship theory and political philosophy
  • Portrayal of tyrants in Greek and Latin literature
  • Vice and virtue in Imperial Rome



Using Herodian’s "History of the Roman Emperors" as primary source, my research will centre on how virtue and vice are tied to emperorship, especially in the 2nd and 3rd century Roman Empire context. In this respect, secondary focus (through portrayal comparison) will be put namely on Cassius Dio, Pseudo-Aristides, Marius Maximus, or Septimius Severus, and on later writers like the SHA, Ausonius, Eutropius, Orosius, Aurelius Victor, Julian, Pseudo-Victor, or Zosimus, who have dealt with all or part of the period featured in Herodian.

In parallel, I also wish to discuss how Herodian relates to earlier and contemporary literary tradition, with regards namely to kingship theory, tyrannical portrayal and the origins of badness. Careful attention to previous authors dating at least back to Plato, and to late Republican or Imperial writers (Cicero, Seneca, Plutarch, Suetonius, Dio of Prusa, Pliny Minor, Aelius Aristides, Marcus Aurelius, Menander Rhetor, Callinicos of Petra, etc.) will help to establish the expanse of Herodian’s philosophical and rhetorical knowledge.

(supervisor: Prof. Dr. Antje Wessels)


Curriculum vitae

  • 2015-present
    PhD candidate Classics (LUCAS, Leiden University).
    (2015-2018) PhD research grant (B2) from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC, formerly FQRSC).
  • 2011-2014
    MA Classics – Ancient Literatures (IEA, Université Laval, Canada) / Master Classical Philology (CARRA, Université de Strasbourg, France).
    (2013-2014) MA research grant (B1) from the Fonds québécois de la recherche sur la société et la culture (FQRSC).
    (2012-2013) Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC / CRSH).
    Thesis: "Figures de la tyrannie dans l’'Histoire des empereurs romains' ou De la vertu et du vice chez Hérodien" (supervisors: Pascale Fleury, UL, & Laurent Pernot, Strasbourg).
  • 2008-2011
    BA Classics (Université Laval, Canada).

PhD candidate

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Centre for the Arts in Society
  • Latijnse T&C

Work address

Johan Huizinga
Doelensteeg 16
2311 VL Leiden
Room number 1.04a



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