Matthew Loar

Matthew Loar
Assistant Professor Classics & Religious Studies

Matthew Loar is a Classicist specializing in the literary and visual culture of late Republican and early Imperial Rome. His primary research focus is Rome’s transition from Republic to Empire, and especially the ways that literature of this period invoked and manipulated myth in an attempt to navigate and normalize this transition. His current book project examines the popularity of one myth in the Augustan period—Hercules’ battle with the robber-monster Cacus—and how it speaks to contemporary Roman anxieties about political succession, religious renewal, and urban transformation.

Matthew is also Program Faculty for the Women's and Gender Studies Program.



  • Ph.D. in Classics, Stanford University
  • M.St. in Women's Studies, University of Oxford (Kellogg College)
  • B.A. in Classics, Washington and Lee University