Women's and Gender Studies Program

Tyler  Travillian

Tyler Travillian

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

253-535-7220 (office)



Latin poetry of the Augustan and early Imperial eras

Roman Sexuality and Gender

Greek and Latin grammar


B.A. in Classics, University of Dallas, 2005

M.A. in Classical Studies (Latin emphasis), Boston University, 2006

Diploma in Greek Palaeography, Lincoln College, Oxford, 2008

Ph.D. in Classical Studies, Boston University, 2011



Dr. Tyler T. Travillian earned a B.A. in Classics in 2005 from the University of Dallas before moving to Boston, where he earned both his M.A. in Latin in 2006 and Ph.D. in Classical Studies in 2011 from the Department of Classical Studies at Boston University.  From September 2010 to July 2011 he lived in Rome, Italy, where he held the Arthur C. Ross pre-doctoral fellowship in Ancient Studies at the American Academy in Rome.  From there he returned to the University of Dallas, where he was an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Classics from 2011 to 2013.  He is currently delighted to be a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Pacific Lutheran University.

Dr. Travillian's primary areas of interest are Latin poetry and historiography of the late Roman Republic and early Empire, especially how gender and sexuality are represented in poetry and how historians assert claims about truth and reality in their texts.  He teaches the Latin and Greek languages and literatures at all levels.



  • Pliny the Elder's Natural History VII (student's text and commentary) -- under contract with Bloomsbury Academic (Bristol Classical Press), projected June 2014.


  • "In the Belly of the Beast:  a Note on Belua in Seneca's Thyestes 1033" (forthcoming at Mnemosyne)
  • "Horace Odes 3.1-3.2:  Carmen or Carmina?" Latomus 72 (2013) 984-996.
  • "Figuring Fear in the Roman Historians" NECJ 40.2 (May/August 2013) 87-121.
  • "Observations on Amercan University Education." Special Issue on Universitätskulturen in Deutschland und Amerika / University Cultures in Germany and the United States.  Bildung und Erziehung 65.2 (July 2012).


  • Review of Priapées.  Text établi, traduit et commenté par Louis Callebat.  Étude métrique par Jean Soubiran.  Paris:  Les Belles Lettres (2012).Gnomon. (forthcoming)
  • Review of Antonio Beccadelli:  The Hermaphrodite by Holt Parker. (2010).  International Journal for the Classical Tradition 18:4 (Dec 2011) 664-668.