Clayton A Schroer
Clayton is a PhD candidate in his sixth year at Illinois. He earned a BA in classics at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH in 2011 and an MA in classics at the University of Georgia in 2013. He is writing a dissertation under the direction of Antony Augoustakis titled “Quid restat profugis? Exile and Power in Flavian Epic.” He argues that the epic poets Statius and Silius Italicus leverage exile and displacement as markers for the importance of the edges of imperial space. Writing roughly a century after Vergil, empire for Statius and Silius is no longer something that needs to be established by a morally excellent outsider like pius Aeneas. Rather, the Roman center has become a place of corruption, a city that forces its morally outstanding citizens to become outsiders, exiles. By creating new Romanized space and incorporating new peoples, the edges define most clearly the benefit of empire.
Clayton’s primary research focuses on Latin poetry (especially imperial epic and tragedy), Latin exilic literature, postcolonial theory, and intertextuality. Current projects include a textual note on Propertius 2.32 (forthcoming in Rheinisches Museum) and a chapter of his dissertation on exile and return in the Punica (under review). He is also interested in the history of the American space program and is working on a project tracing the reception of the classical world in the iconography of early American rocketry and NASA in the 1950s-60s.
- Latin Imperial Epic
- Exile and Displacement in Antiquity
- Honors BA, Classics: Xavier University 2011
- MA, Classics: University of Georgia 2013