Kirk Freudenburg

Kirk Freudenburg is a Professor in Department of Classics at Yale University, and a former fellow of the American Academy in Rome (FAAR 2002).  His Cambridge Companion to the Age of Nero, co-edited with Shadi Bartsch and Cedric Littlewood, is forthcoming this spring.

Articles by this author

Trump Views
Sunday, April 29, 2018
Donald Trump and Rome's Mad Emperors
Since placing his hand on the Bible on Jan. 20, 2017 before tens of thousands of adoring...what shall we call them, infuriables? hilaricides?...Donald Trump has garnered dozens of comparisons to Rome's mad emperors from among some of the most prominent journalists of our day. Just days after the...
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Dealing with Emperor Trump: Field Notes from Ancient Rome
The Roman poet, Virgil, wrote his classic epic, The Aeneid, in the aftermath of decades of political dysfunction and violence. Riots and bloody brawls, revenge killings, and periodic outbursts of civil war had turned Rome into a burnt out shell of its former self, as a rolling parade of demagogues...
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Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Zuccotti Park, from a Bench in Ancient Pompeii
There is a particular bench in the ruined city of Pompeii that I like to sit on whenever I visit the site, a shady seat attached to the front of a once luxurious house, facing a once bustling street. I remember the first time I saw the bench. I allowed myself to think: how nice of those long-dead owners to provide a resting place for passers-by. They must have been generous sorts, like those people who plant trees in parks or help construct playgrounds that they themselves will never use.
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