Education Harvard University, Ph. D., Classical Philology, 1999

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Prudence J. Jones

Deptartment of Classics and General Humanities 36 Dix St.

Montclair State University New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Montclair, NJ 07043 (508) 479-2681



Harvard University, Ph.D., Classical Philology, 1999

Dissertation: Agmen Aquarum: Reading Rivers in Their Roman Cultural Context

American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Summer Session, 1996

American Academy in Rome, Classical Summer School, 1995

Harvard University, M.A., Classical Philology, 1995

Wellesley College, B.A., summa cum laude, Latin and Natural History, 1993

Honors and Awards

Derek Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, Fall 1997

Lord Scholarship, American School in Athens, Summer 1996

Norton Fellowship, Harvard Dept. of Classics, Summer 1996

Graduate Writing Fellow, Harvard University, Fall 1995

Graduate Society Fellowship, Harvard University, Summer 1995

Ruth Ingersoll Goldmark Fellowship for Graduate Study, Wellesley College, 1993-1994

Phi Beta Kappa, Wellesley College, 1993

Sigma Xi (Chemistry), Wellesley College, 1993



Cleopatra (Haus Publishing, May 2006).

Cleopatra: A Sourcebook (University of Oklahoma Press, April 2006).

Reading Rivers in Roman Literature and Culture (Lexington Books, September 2005).
Articles and Chapters

"Rewriting Power: Zenobia, Aurelian, and the Historia Augusta." Classical World (in press). Refereed journal.

"Mater Patriae: Cleopatra and Roman Ideas of Motherhood" in Motherhood in the Ancient World, ed. Lauren Petersen and Patricia Salzman (University of Texas Press, 2012). Refereed academic publisher.

Multiple entries for the Virgil Encyclopedia (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Refereed academic publisher. Entries: Araxes, Cleopatra, Hebrus, Himella, Hister/Ister, Homole, Hypanis, Inachus, lakes and standing waters, Maeotia palus, Mareotis, Mediterranean Sea, Mincius, Minio, mountains, Nile, Numicus, Oceanus, Olympus, Pactolus, Padus/Padusa, Parnassus, Pontus, Prochyta, river, sea, Simois, Tanais, Tiber, Velinus, water.

"Cleopatra VII" and "Claudius Ptolemy" in The Dictionary of African Biography ed. Henry Louis Gates and Emmanuel Akyeampong (Oxford University Press, 2011). Refereed Academic publisher.

"Cleopatra's Cocktail." Classical World 103.2 (2010) 207-220. Refereed journal.

"Alexandria" in The Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome (Oxford University Press, 2009). Refereed academic publisher.

"Teaching Reception via Dido and Cleopatra." NECJ 35.2 (2008) 111-21. Refeed journal.

"Saving Water: Early Floods in the Forum" in Between Magic and Religion ed. S.R. Asirvatham, C.O. Pache, and J. Watrous (Rowman & Littlefield 2002) 35-46. Refereed academic publisher.

"Aversion Reversed: Ovid's Pomona and her Roman Models." Classical World 94.4 (2001) 361-76. Refereed journal.

"Juvenal, the Niphates and Trajan's Column (Satire 6.407-412)." HSCP 100 (2000) 477-86. Refereed journal.

"A Note on Seneca, Apocolocyntosis 10.3." Latomus 53,2 (1994) 415-16. Refereed journal.


Review of A. Goldsworthy, Antony and Cleopatra, D. Roller, Cleopatra: a Biography, and S. Schiff, Cleopatra: a Life. Classical Journal (in press).

Review of D. Roller, Cleopatra: a Biography. Classical Review 61.2 (Oct. 2011).

Review of S-A. Ashton, Cleopatra and Egypt. The Classical Outlook Vol. 87 No. 3 (Spring 2009).

Review of J.M. Ziolkowski and M.C.J. Putnam, eds. The Virgilian Tradition: the First Fifteen Hundred Years. Vergilius 54 (2008).

Review of V.E. Pagán, Rome and the Literature of Gardens. The Classical Outlook Vol. 85 No. I (Fall 2007).

Review of E. Carney, Olympias: Mother of Alexander the Great. New England Classical Journal 34.4 (Nov. 2007).

Review of V.E. Pagán, Rome and the Literature of Gardens. The Classical Outlook Vol. 85 No. 1 (Fall 2007).

Review of D.E.E. Kleiner, Cleopatra and Rome. Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews 2005.12.15.

Review of M.J. Versluys, Aegyptiaca Romana. Nilotic Scenes and the Roman Views of Egypt. BMCR 2003.07.18.

Review of M. Chauveau, Cleopatra: Beyond the Myth BMCR 2002.05.26

Review of Walker/Higgs Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth BMCR 2001.07.25.

Review of Knapp/Vaugn, Finis Rei Publicae: an Intermediate Latin Text BMCR 2000.02.15.

Text and Textile: an Introduction to Wool-Working for Readers of Greek and Latin (DVD: distributed by the Department of Classics, Rutgers University 2004).

Conference Papers

"Rewriting Power: Zenobia, Aurelian, and the Historia Augusta." American Philological Association Annual Meeting. Anaheim, CA. January 9, 2010.

"Cleopatra for Girls: Nineteenth Century Biographies and the Female Ideal" Classical Association of the Atlantic States. Princeton, NJ 10/8/2008.

"Mater Patriae: Cleopatra and Roman Ideas of Motherhood." American Philological Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. 1/7/07.

"Science and Geography in Hellenistic Alexandria." The American Classical League 58th Annual Institute, Albuquerque, NM, 7/25/05.

"The Marriage in the Cave: Coniugium or Conubium?" Classical Association of the Atlantic States, 10/13/00.

"The Cleopatra Cocktail." American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Dallas, 12/29/99.

"Sleeping with the Fishes: Rivers and the Dead." Ways of Death in the Ancient World, University of Washington, 10/24/98.

"Saving Water: Early Floods in the Forum" Between Magic and Religion, Harvard University, 11/7/98.

"Tarpeia and the Flood." Religions, University of Reading, 7/8/98.

"Certamen Hesiodi et Empedoclis: Generic Models in Didactic Poetry." Genre and Innovation in the Classical World, Yale University, 11/5/94.

Invited Lectures

"Images of Cleopatra on Canvas, Stage, and Screen." Fairfield University. 11/10/10.

"From Plutarch to Shakespeare to Liz Taylor: Images of Cleopatra on Canvas, Stage, and Screen." What Becomes a Legend Most? (Antony and Cleopatra Symposium sponsored by The New York City Opera). Columbia University. 1/10/09.

"Cleopatra and Caesar" Stockton College, 11/8/08.

"The Problem of Motherhood: Cleopatra and the Ideal Roman Woman." Keynote Address, Texas Classical Association, Austin, TX, 11/3/07.

"Dido and Cleopatra: Invention and Reception." Department of Classics Colloquium, University of Texas, Austin, 11/2/07.

"Cleopatra and Roman Ideas of Motherhood." Wayne State University, Detroit, MI (via videoconference), 12/15/06.

"The Problem of Motherhood: Cleopatra and the Roman Materfamilias." Classics Colloquium, Bryn Mawr College, 9/29/06.

"Text and Textile: Literature, Philosophy, and the Technology of Greek and Roman Wool-Working." Bryn Mawr College Classics Colloquium, 4/23/04.

"Cleopatra and Representations of Female Power." Wellesley College, 3/18/04.

"Trends in the Reception of Cleopatra." Stockton College, 1/24/04.

"The Tiber, Time and Memory in Aeneid 8." Wellesley College, 4/14/03.

"The Cleopatra Cocktail." Stockton College, 2/15/03.

"Mycenae: History, Archaeology and Legend." Harvard Alumni Association "Gods and Heroes" cruise 6/24/02.

"Spinning Dyeing and Weaving: Texts and Textile Production in the Ancient World." Rutgers University, 11/16/01.

"Cleopatra: Images of Female Power." (with Julia Gaisser) Symposium on Visual Culture, Bryn Mawr College, 3/21/01.

"The Cleopatra Cocktail." Bryn Mawr Classics Colloquium, 3/17/00.


Montclair State University, Assistant Professor, 2004-2008; Associate Professor 2009-

Taught undergraduate courses in Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced Latin (Literature of the Golden Age, Literature of the Republic); Beginning Greek; General Humanities I - to 1400; Honors Seminar: Great Books and Ideas; and Classical Civilization (Cleopatra, Augustan Rome, Roman Civilization, Africa in Classical Antiquity); English Vocabulary: Greek and Latin Roots; Bruce Springsteen: the Man and the Music

Rutgers University, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2001-2004

Taught undergraduate courses in Intermediate Latin (Cicero), Advanced Latin (Silver Latin, Vergil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Latin Elegy), and Classical Civilization (Roman Civilization, Cleopatra, Augustan Rome). Taught a graduate seminar in Latin (Vergil).

Bryn Mawr College, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1999-2001

Taught undergraduate courses in Beginning Latin, Intermediate Latin (Catullus and Cicero), Advanced Latin (Silver Latin, Vergil's Aeneid), Beginning Greek, Intermediate Greek (Herodotus), Advanced Greek (Greek Tragedy), and Classical Civilization (Cleopatra: Images of Female Power, Geography and Ethnography). Taught graduate seminars in Latin (Landscape in Roman Literature, The Augustan Age).

Harvard University, Teaching Fellow, 1995-1999

Taught undergraduate courses in Beginning Latin, Intermediate Latin (Cicero and Livy), Advanced Latin (Roman Epistles), Beginning Greek (Intensive), Intermediate Greek (Aristophanes' Clouds, Euripides' Bacchae), and Classical Civilization (section leader for The Concept of the Hero in Greek Civilization, section leader for The Rome of Augustus, head teaching fellow and section leader for The Images of Alexander the Great).

Harvard University, Graduate Writing Fellow, 1995

Participated in a program run by the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning. Developed techniques for teaching and evaluating undergraduate writing.


For production of Text and Textile: Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC, Spring 2004 (with Susan Edmunds)

Curriculum Development Grant: Bryn Mawr College, Summer 2000



Editorial Board Member: The Classical Outlook. January 2010-

Committee member: Cultural Diversity Subcommittee of the National Committee for Latin and Greek. American Classical League. January 2009-2010.

Textbook reviewer for Yale University Press. June 2008.

Editorial Board Member: Roman Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches (Lexington Books). August 2006-

Editorial Board Member: The Bryn Mawr Classical Review. May 2006-

Panel organizer "Approaches to Vergil's Dido" CAAS, Fall 2000.

Articles Refereed for The Classical Outlook, The Classical Journal, and The American Journal of Ancient History.

Department / College / University

Classics and Language Coordinator (rotating)

Chair, Department Personnel Advisory Committee, 2011-2013

Committee Member: CHSS Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, 2011-2012

Presenter: "Cleopatra: Images of Female Power." Teachers As Scholars Seminar. Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal. October 24 and November 14, 2011.

Presenter: "In Search of Cleopatra: Uncovering the Queen Behind the Myth." Classics Day, October 21, 2011.

Presenter: "Walking in the Footsteps of Cleopatra." Department Open House. October 2009.

Presenter: "Cleopatra: Images of Female Power." Teachers As Scholars Seminar. Montclair State University Network for Educational Renewal. October 5 and 21, 2009.

Committee Member: Program Committee for the annual Provost's Series on University Teaching and Learning. September 2009-May 2010.

Committee Member: CHSS Hybrid and Online Learning, May 2008-May 2009

Presenter: "Troy and the Trojan War" videoconference with middle school students at the Ranney School, April 18, 2008.

Organizer: lecture by Laura Samponaro. April 2008.

Board Member: GLBTQ Advisory Board, 2008-2009.

Presenter: "Troy, Aeneas and Odysseus Revisited: Classics in the Middle School Curriculum" December 14, 2007.

Faculty advisor: Eta Sigma Phi chapter and Classics Club. September 2007-

Presenter: "Troy and the Trojan War in the Middle School Classroom" December 1, 2006.

Presenter: Classics Day. October 19, 2006.

Committee Member: Student Research Symposium Faculty Committee. 2006-2007.

Committee Member: Academic Computing Committee (Learning Management Systems). January 2007-May 2009

Co-organizer (with Susan Hussein): lecture by Mary Lefkowitz, co-sponsored by Women's Studies Department. April 2005.

Faculty advisor: Classics and General Humanities Majors. April 2005-

Committee Member: Departmental Search Committee. September 2005-April 2006.

Co-chair: Kibbe and Peins Scholarship Competition. February 2005-

Presenter: Classics Day. November 16, 2004.

Faculty co-advisor: Eta Sigma Phi chapter (Rutgers), 2001-2004.

Thesis advisor (Bryn Mawr). 2000-2001.


Consultant, documentary on Cleopatra. Channel 4 Television, UK. 2015-

"In Search of Cleopatra." Presentation for middle school students at St. Joseph's School, Hammonton, NJ. May 2, 2011.

Principal Interviewee for "Cleopatra: Portrait of a Killer" produced by Lion Television (London, UK) for broadcast in the US on the Discovery Channel. Egypt and Scotland. December 3-10, 2008.


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