Karine Laporte is a PhD researcher at the Leiden University Centre for the Arts in Society working on narrative patterns in Herodian's History of the Roman Empire.
Fields of interest
- Greek and Roman historiography
- Imperial literature
My research focuses on the History of the Roman Empire, which covers the years 180-238 AD in Roman imperial history, from the death of Marcus Aurelius to the accession of Gordian III. This piece was written in the 3rd century AD by the Greek historian Herodian, who claims to have had firsthand knowledge of the events featured in the book.
For this project, I am interested in Herodian's method of composition, in terms of structure, use of models and topoi, and theatricality. Looking at the historian's selection and arrangement of data not from the perspective of facts, but of narrative, I investigate the literary strategies used to represent imperial power and character.
Grants and awards
- 2018-2019: doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- 2015-2018: doctoral research scholarship from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
- 2013-2014: MA research grant from the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC)
- 2012-2013: Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
- 2015-present: PhD Classics at LUCAS, Leiden University
- 2011-2014: Joint MA Classics at Université Laval, Canada and Université de Strasbourg, France
- 2008-2011: BA Classics at Université Laval, Canada
- Polak S.A., Praal F.E.W., Laporte K., Damme Y.A.A. van, March A. de, Feenstra N.H., Janssen K.P.S. & Mitchell E. (2017), Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference 5: 'Breaking the Rules: Artistic Expressions of Transgression' Member of editorial staff Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference (5).
- Janzen J.P.C., Praal F.E.W., Laporte K., Porck M.H., Lu H., Smits L.A., Wolodzko A.A. & Zeeuw T.L. de (2016), Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference, "Breaking the Rules: Textual Reflections on Transgression" Member of editorial staff Journal of the LUCAS Graduate Conference (4).