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Department of Languages & Literatures

Tyler Travillian

Assistant Professor of Classics

Tyler Travillian
Hauge Administration Building - Room 207-E
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9:10 am - 11:10 am
  • Professional
  • Personal


  • Ph.D., Classical Studies, Boston University, 2011
  • Diploma, Greek Palaeography, Lincoln College, Oxford, 2008
  • M.A., Classical Studies (Latin emphasis), Boston University, 2006
  • B.A., Classics, University of Dallas, 2005

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Latin poetry of the Augustan and early Imperial eras
  • Roman Sexuality and Gender
  • Greek and Latin grammar


Classics Program Director
See our Classics Student Projects!


  • Pliny the Elder's Natural History VII, (Bloomsbury Academic (Bristol Classical Press), 2015) : View Book

Selected Presentations

  • American Comparative Literature Association, The Body's Borders: Violation and the Visual in the Carmina Priapea, Seattle (26 March 2015)

Selected Articles

  • "In the Belly of the Beast: a Note on Belua in Seneca's Thyestes 1033." Mnemosyne 2015:
  • "Horace Odes 3.1-3.2: Carmen or Carmina?." Latomus Vol. 72, 2013: 984-996.
  • "Figuring Fear in the Roman Historians." NECJ Vol. 40.2, May/August 2013: 87-121.
  • "Observations on American University Education." Bildung und Erziehung Vol. 65.2, July 2012:


  • Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 2011

Professional Memberships/Organizations


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.  In 2013 he moved to the Pacific Northwest where he was delighted to become a Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics at Pacific Lutheran University. He is now an Assistant Professor of Classics at PLU.

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.