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Faculty of Classics



  • Since 2019: PhD Classics, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-2018: MPhil Classics, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2017: MA Ancient History, Universität Tübingen (Germany)
  • 2013-2016: BA Latin Literature, Universität Tübingen (Germany)
  • 2012-2015: BA History and Political Science, Universität Tübingen (Germany) and Université d'Aix-Marseille (France)



My PhD project examines the role of private life in Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars against the background of contemporary political discourse.

Suetonius’ stories about Caesar’s love affairs, Augustus’ dining habits and Tiberius’ drinking excesses have often been said to be nothing but entertaining – and yet just like today’s gossip columns, they convey ideas of what an emperor was like and what he should be like. By pursuing these connections and ideas, my aim is a) to challenge the assumption that Suetonius is not interested in politics and b) to explore the role of the emperor’s private life in the political communication of Imperial Rome.


Broader academic interests:

  • Historiography and biography
  • Interactions of literature and history
  • Political culture of Ancient Rome
  • Intellectual history and the history of mentalities

Teaching and Supervisions


I teach Latin language and reading classes as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Faculty of Classics. For colleges, I supervise students in Latin literature and Roman history, e.g. on the second-year course 'Writing Nero'. I also give lectures to school children within the University's Outreach Programme.

Supervisor: Prof. Christopher Whitton
College: Darwin College
Thesis: Beyond Gossip. Suetonius and the Politics of Private Life in Imperial Rome
 Jannis Frederik Koltermann

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The Faculty is delighted to congratulate Professor Caroline Vout on her book Exposed being named winner of the 2023 London Hellenic Prize. Further details are available here: