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Fred Drogula

Dr. Fred Drogula, portrait
Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics
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Ph.D., University of Virginia, History, 2005. Dissertation: The Office of the Provincial Governor under the Roman Republic and Empire [to AD 235]: Conception and Tradition (directed by Elizabeth A. Meyer).

American School of Classical Studies, Athens (2001-2002).

M.A., University of Virginia, History, 2000.

American Academy in Rome Summer Seminar, 1996.

M.A., Boston University, Classics, 1994.

B.A., Kenyon College, Classics, 1992.

Research Areas

  • Ancient History (Greece and Rome)
  • Roman Republic and Empire
  • Power, Authority, and the State
  • Ancient Religion
  • Ethnicity and Gender in the Ancient World
  • Military History

Teaching Experience

Charles J. Ping Professor of Humanities and Professor of Classics, Ohio University (2018-present).

Professor of History and Classics, Providence College (2016-2018).

Associate Professor of History, Providence College (2011-2016).

Assistant Professor of History, Providence College (2006-2011).

Visiting Assistant Professor, Kenyon College (2005-2006).

Teacher of Latin, Saddle River Day School (1994-1998).

Courses Taught

  • CARS 2100 Classical Athens
  • CARS 2140 Human Aspirations Among the Greeks and Romans
  • CARS 2110 Rome Under the Caesars
  • CARS 2150 Democracy and Republicanism in the Ancient World
  • CARS 2160 War and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome
  • CARS 3400 Greek and Roman Religion and Society
  • CARS 3460 Ethnicity in the Ancient World
  • Greek
  • Latin



Cato the Younger: A Life at the Collapse of the Roman Republic, Oxford University Press, 2019.

Commanders and Command in the Roman Republic and Early Empire (Studies in the History of Greece and Rome), Chapel Hill (2015).


Drogula, F. K. (2021). From the Beginning: The Origins of the Provinica and its Unique Advantages in Republican  Rome. In Alejandro Díaz Fernández (Ed.), Provinces and Provincial Command in Republican Rome (pp. 19-40). Editorial Universidad de Sevilla/Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza.

Drogula, F. K. (2019). "The Institutionalization of Warfare in Early Rome". In Michael Fronda and Jeremy Armstrong (Ed.), Romans at War: Soldiers, Citizens, and Society in the Roman Republic. London and New York: Routledge.

Drogula, F. K. Provinciae and Warlords in the Early Roman Republic. In Alejandro Díaz Fernández (Ed.), Provinciae, Imperatores et Socii in the Roman Republic. Editor (Alejandro Díaz Fernández ).

Drogula, F. K. (2020). Cato the Younger: The Man Beneath the Legend. Classics for All Online Journal.

“Plebeian Tribunes and the Government of Early Rome,” Antichthon 51 (2017) 101-23.

“Who was Watching Whom? A Reassessment of the Conflict between Germanicus and Piso,” American Journal of Philology 136.1 (2015).

“The Lex Porcia and the Development of Legal Restraints on Roman Governors,” Chiron: Mitteilungen der Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts 41 (2011) 91-124.

“Controlling Travel: Deportation, Islands, and the Regulation of Senatorial Mobility in the Augustan Principate,” forthcoming in The Classical Quarterly 61.1 (2011) 58-94.

Imperium, Potestas, and the Pomerium in the Roman Republic,” Historia 56.4 (2007) 419-52. Encyclopedia Entries and Bibliographic Supplements:

Leges Liciniae Sextiae,” in R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. Hübner, eds. Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History (2016).

Adrogatio,” “Coercitio,” “Heredium,” “Lex, leges,” and “Plebiscitum,” in R. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C. Champion, A. Erskine, and S. Hübner, eds. Blackwell’s Encyclopedia of Ancient History (2012).

Articles and Book Chapters in Progress

“Rome and the Empire,” in Nathan Rosenstein (ed.), The Oxford History of the Roman World.

“Becoming a Leader in the Roman Republic,” in Sarah Ferrario and Norman Sandridge (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Leadership in the Ancient Mediterranean World.

Invited Talks and Conference Papers

Drogula, F. K., "The Breakdown of Democracy in the Roman Republic," Athens Public Library, Athens Public Library. (March 2, 2023).

Drogula, F. K., John M. Rettig Memorial Lecture, Xavier University, "Memory in Death: Cato the Younger in the Age of Caesar," Xavier University, Online (due to Covid). (October 17, 2020).

“The Roman Senate in the Third Century BC,” Society for Classical Studies Annual Meeting (3-6 January, 2019).

Imperium: The Word that Build an Empire,” Classical Association of New England Summer Institute, Brown University, USA (11 July, 2018).

Provinciae and Warlords in Early Rome,” for the workshop “Provinciae, Imperatores et Socii in the Roman Republic,” at the University of Málaga, Spain (October 5-6, 2017).

“The Legalization of Warfare,” Celtic Conference in Classics, Montreal, Canada (19-22 July, 2017).

“Cato and the Reception of Roman Tradition,” Classical Association of New England Summer Institute, Brown University, USA (13 July, 2017).

“The Stoicism of M. Porcius Cato the Younger,” New England Ancient Historians’ Colloquium, April 2016.

“Magisterial Power in the Urban Sphere of the Republic,” for the conference “Power and Politics in the Early Roman Republic,” at the University of Auckland (January 26-27, 2016).

“Caesar and Cato: Who Killed the Roman Republic?,” Making History Series, Providence College (November 19, 2015).

“Forged in Battle: The Origins of Ancient Roman Governance,” Kenyon College (14 April, 2015)

“Roman Law and Provincial Commanders: the Lex de Provinciis Praetoriis and the Lex Porcia,” Kommission für Alte Geschichte und Epigraphik, Munich, Germany (19 June 2009).

“Neither Italy nor Province: The Ideas behind Island Exile in the Roman Empire,” Providence College (17 April 2008).

“Gates of Fire: Truth, Exaggerations, and Hollywood,” Providence College (23 March 2007).

“Carving their Names in Stone: The Governorship in the Roman Provinces,” University of Oxford, United Kingdom (7 March 2007).

“Controlling Egypt: The Regulation of Senatorial Travel in the Roman Provinces,” American Philosophical Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, USA (5 January 2003).

“Restrictions on Senatorial Travel,” Third Annual Symposium on Roman Imperial Ideology, Cumae, Italy (May 2002).

“The Evolution of Athenian Naval Strategies,” Symposium in Honor of William McCulloh, Kenyon College, Ohio, USA (March 1999).