Taylor FitzGerald



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: Classics and Ancient History
Department: Classics and Ancient History

My research is on the extent to which familial and dynastic relationships were important to constructions of imperial legitimacy from Diocletian to Julian and Procopius (c. AD 284-366). My project is supervised by Dr. Richard Flower and Prof. Barbara Borg. Somewhat more broadly, I'm interested in usurpation and legitimacy and in the political and social history of the 3rd and 4th centuries AD.

In 2010, I completed my undergraduate degree in Ancient History and Latin at the University of St Andrews. I also stayed in St Andrews for the following year, studying for an M.Litt in Ancient History, which is when I began to pursue my interests in the Tetrarchic and Constantinian eras. My M.Litt thesis on Maxentius (r. 306-312) was supervised by Prof. Jill Harries. From 2011-2014, I was home in the USA, working in a small private secondary school where I taught classes in Latin, Ancient and Medieval History, and English. I optimistically returned to studying and to the UK, this time at Exeter, in September 2014. (The weather is much better on this side of the Atlantic.) 

For the autumn term of 2015/2016, I am a graduate teaching assistant on the course "Near Eastern Mythology." I have previously taught on "Suetonius and Imperial Power" and Latin I.