John Lobur

Professor of Classics

John A Lobur


Consensus, Concordia and the Formation of Roman Imperial Ideology. John Alexander Lobur
This book concerns the relationship between ideas and power in the genesis of the Roman empire. The self-justification of the first emperor through the consensus of the citizen body constrained him to adhere to ‘legitimate’ and ‘traditional’ forms of self-presentation. Lobur explores how these notions become explicated and reconfigured by the upper and mostly non-political classes of Italy and Rome. The chronic turmoil experienced in the late republic shaped the values and program of the imperial system; it molded the comprehensive and authoritative accounts of Roman tradition and history in a way that allowed the system to appear both traditional and historical. This book also examines how shifts in rhetorical and historiographical practices facilitated the spreading and assimilation of shared ideas that allowed the empire to cohere.

Courses Taught

  • CLC 102 Introduction to Roman Civilization
  • CLC 310 Socrates and Sophistry
  • CLC 311 Greek History (From the origins to the rise of Macedon)
  • CLC 313 The Roman Republic (From the origins to the 2nd Triumvirate)
  • CLC 314 The Roman Empire
  • CLC 341 Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic World
  • CLC 352 From Republic to Empire
  • GRE 201 Intermediate Greek
  • GRE 202 Intermediate Greek II
  • GRE 507 Special Reading (Xenophon)
  • GRE 322 Greek Historians (Herodotus, Thucydides, Xenophon)
  • GRE 324 Plato
  • LAT 101 Introduction to Latin I
  • LAT 102 Introduction to Latin II
  • LAT 201 Intermediate Latin I
  • LAT 202 Intermediate Latin II
  • LAT 321 Latin Prose (Cicero and Sallust)
  • LAT 322 Latin Historians (Livy)
  • LAT 323 Roman Oratory (Cicero)
  • LAT 338 Roman Satire (Horace, Juvenal)
  • LAT 401 Roman Historians (Caesar)
  • LIBA 102 First Year Writing Seminar
  • HON 401 Directed Readings in History
  • HIS 402 Individual Based Study
  • CLC 502 Topics in Roman History (Senior honor’s thesis)
  • CLC 201 Medical Terminology in Greek and Latin (Online)


B.A. Classics, Kalamazoo College (1995)

Ph.D. Classics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (2004)