Joy Connolly
Professor of Classics
PhD 1997, University of Pennsylvania; AB Princeton, 1991

Office Address: 5 Washington Square North, Room 222
Phone: (212) 998-3704
Fax: (212) 995-4209
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Joy Connolly works mainly on Roman ideas about politics, rhetoric, and aesthetics, their purposive conservation in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England and America, and their ongoing relevance for contemporary democratic life.  Her first book, The State of Speech (Princeton 2007), placed the ability to communicate at the heart of Roman ideals of citizenship. The Life of Roman Republicanism (Princeton 2014) examines key themes in Roman republican thought: freedom, recognition, antagonism, self-knowledge, irony, and imagination.  She has also published essays on declamation, elegy, epic, and pastoral poetry, and her reviews have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and other newspapers and magazines.  Her next book project, Talk About Virtue (under contract in the Classical Inter/Faces series with Bloomsbury Press) spotlights key moments in the revival of ideals of Roman civic virtue in modern revolutionary thought.  Work in progress examines the emergence of Athens as a idealized transnational space in Roman thought, the usefulness of contemporary fan-fiction for understanding Roman literature, and the meaning of philology in the twenty-first century.  With Nancy Worman, she is co-editing the Oxford Handbook of Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism.

Connolly regularly teaches the graduate survey of imperial Latin literature and undergraduate courses in the College Core Curriculum.  She has also taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels on ancient poetics, Greek imperial culture, Roman rhetoric, Roman political thought, and pastoral poetry.  

Connolly is deeply interested in modern and contemporary art, and has worked as a player/interpreter with the Berlin-based artist Tino Sehgal in pieces mounted at the Marion Goodman Gallery and the New York Guggenheim.



The State of Speech: Rhetoric and Political Thought in Ancient Rome (Princeton University Press,

  The Life of Roman Republicanism (Princeton University Press, 2014).

Recent Articles

“Imaginative fiction beyond morals and moralism.”  Roman Declamation, ed. Martin Dinter (forthcoming, De Gruyter).

“Rhetoric and politics.”  Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies, ed. Michael MacDonald (forthcoming, Oxford).

“Antigone and Addison’s Cato: redeeming exemplarity in political thought.”  International Journal of the Classical Tradition 21.3 (2014).

“Fantastical realism in Cicero’s postwar panegyric.”  In Dicere Laudes, ed. Gianpaolo Urso (Pisa 2011) 161-7.

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