Dr Jack Lennon

Jack LennonLecturer in Ancient History

BA, MA, PhD (Nottingham), FHEA


Personal details


I studied Ancient History and Classics at Nottingham and received my PhD in 2011. Before coming to Leicester in 2016 I held positions at Nottingham, Kent and University College London. In 2013 I spent time at the British School at Rome as the Mougins Museum Rome Award holder, conducting research into the representation of sacrificial attendants in Roman art, epigraphy and society.


My research focuses primarily on the cultural history of ancient Rome, and I am especially interested in the subjects of religion and magic in the Roman world. My work often takes on interdisciplinary approaches, in particular making use of theories from modern anthropology. In the past much of my research has focused on the phenomenon of religious pollution and ritual impurity in Rome, while Roman notions of dirtiness and hygiene continue to play a major role in my ongoing research.

These various research strands are being brought together in my next monograph, which is focusing on the role of dirt as a tool within the wider process of social marginalization in ancient Rome, exploring the ways in which supposedly inherent ‘dirtiness’ was used as a means of forcing particular groups or individuals to the social periphery.


  • (2015) ‘Victimarii in Roman religion and society’, Papers of the British School at Rome (83) 65-89.
  • (2015) ‘Dining and obligation in Valerius Maximus: the case of the sacra mensae’, Classical Quarterly (65.2) 719-31.
  • (2014) Pollution and Religion in Ancient Rome (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge).
  • (2012) ‘Pollution, religion and society in the Roman world’, in M. Bradley (ed.) Rome, Pollution and Propriety: Dirt, Disease and Hygiene in the Eternal City from Antiquity to Modernity (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge), 43-58.
  • (2010) ‘Menstrual blood in ancient Rome: an unspeakable impurity?’, Classica et Mediaevalia (61) 71-87.
  • (2010) ‘Jupiter Latiaris and the Taurobolium: inversions of cleansing in Christian polemic’, Historia: Zeitschrift für Alte Geschichte (59.3) 381-384.
  • (2010) ‘Pollution and ritual impurity in Cicero’s De Domo Sua’, Classical Quarterly (60.2) 427-45.


Topics available for PhD supervision

I am happy to supervise students in most aspects of Republican and early Imperial cultural and political history, and I am especially interested the following subject areas:
  • Roman Religion
  • Cultural Identities
  • Ancient Sacrifice
  • The Roman Family

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