Jason Schlude

Department Chair
Associate Professor of Classics

B.A. in Classics, Religious Studies, and Geology, Macalester College
M.A. and Ph.D. in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology, University of California, Berkeley

Jason Schlude is an Associate Professor of Classics at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University, Co-Director of the Omrit Settlement Excavation Project in Israel, a former Getty Scholar at the Getty Research Institute and Villa, author of Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace: The Origins of War in the Ancient Middle East (Routledge Press, 2020), and a contributor to the Avon Hills Salon. He is an historian, archaeologist, and essayist with interest in the ancient Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern worlds. His publications explore the relationship between ancient Rome and Iran and the many ways the ancient world remains relevant in the modern day. He teaches all levels of Greek and Latin language and literature, including works of history, biography, fiction, and oratory, as well as various religious and epigraphic texts, and history courses treating Greece, Rome, Israel, and Egypt and the importance of archaeological evidence for the study of antiquity. He loves poetry, cooking, black and white photography, racquetball, cross-country skiing, skating, running, hiking, camping, fly-fishing, and playing with his two energetic kids.

PUBLICATIONS

Books

Rome, Parthia, and the Politics of Peace: The Origins of War in the Ancient Middle East (Routledge Press, 2020)

Arsacids, Romans, and Local Elites: Cross-Cultural Interactions of the Parthian Empire (Oxbow Books, 2017), edited with Benjamin Rubin

Public Scholarship

The Art of Liberation: Life in the Liberal Arts,” Avon Hills Salon, May 13, 2020

Infectious Nationalism: Pericles and Public Health Crises,” Avon Hills Salon, March 16, 2020

Rome, Iran, and the Specters of Antiquity,” Foreign Policy Journal, January 24, 2020

A Longview on Iran: Echoes from the Ancient Middle East,” The Activist History Review, May 21, 2019

Trump’s stand on the Golan Heights makes peace more difficult,” St. Cloud Times, March 29, 2019

The Problem of White People, with Insight from St. Paul,” The Activist History Review, February 5, 2019

Global Engagement at the United Nations: Lessons from Ancient Greece for Our Modern Times,” The Activist History Review, October 31, 2018

The Politics of Consumption: From Trimalchio and Gatsby to Trump and Beyond,” The Activist History Review, June 27, 2018

Ted Cruz, Cicero, and the Classics,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, December 9, 2014, with Sarah Evans, Hunter Huntoon, and Michael Macken

Other Articles

Parthian-Roman Wars,” Oxford Classical Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 2019)

“Augustus’ Early Parthian Policy,” Anabasis 6 (2015), 139-156

The Political Borderlines of Herod the Great,” The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought 5.1 (2015), 9-21

“Pompey and the Parthians,” Athenaeum 101.1 (2013), 163-181

Herod the Great: Friend of the Romans and Parthians?” Biblical Archaeology Society, March 29, 2013

“The Parthian Response to the Campaign of Crassus,” Latomus 71 (2012), 11-23

“Omrit,” Biblical Archaeology Review, 27.1 (January/February 2001), 57

Book Chapters

“Cyrus the Great and Roman Views of Ancient Iran,” in Rahim Shayegan (ed.), Cyrus the Great: Life and Lore (Harvard University Press, 2019)

“Introduction,” in Arsacids, Romans, and Local Elites: Cross Cultural Interactions of the Parthian Empire (Oxbow Books, 2017), with Benjamin Rubin

“Finding Common Ground: Roman-Parthian Embassies in the Julio-Claudian Period,” in Arsacids, Romans, and Local Elites: Cross-Cultural Interactions of the Parthian Empire (Oxbow Books, 2017), with Benjamin Rubin

“Herod the Great: A Near Eastern Case Study in Roman-Parthian Politics,” in Arsacids, Romans, and Local Elites: Cross-Cultural Interactions of the Parthian Empire (Oxbow Books, 2017), with Andrew Overman

Book Reviews

Review of D. W. Roller, Cleopatra: A Biography (Oxford University, 2010), The Classical Bulletin 86 (2010), 223-225

Review of G. C. Sampson, The Defeat of Rome (Pen & Sword Military, 2008), Bryn Mawr Classical Review, March 2009