Classical Studies Faculty Directory

Kendra Eshleman

Associate Professor


At Boston College, I teach Latin and Greek at all levels, especially (but not exclusively) prose. In recent years, I have taught advanced seminars on Tacitus, Apuleius, Cicero, Homer, Thucydides, Greek Rhetoric. I also regularly teach Greek and Roman History, Roman Family Law, and Roman Religion.


  • “Response: Does the Performance Undercut the Substance?” In Medicine and the Law under the Roman Empire, eds. Michael Peachin and Claire Bubb: 147-55. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2023.
  • “Sophists.” In Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography, ed. Koen De Temmerman: 335-48. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • “Indian Travel and Cultural Self-Location in the Life of Apollonius and the Acts of Thomas.” In Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real, ed. Maren Niehoff, pp. 183-202. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck. 2017.
  • “Then Our Symposium Becomes a Grammar School”: Grammarians in Plutarch’s Table Talk.” Syllecta Classica 24 (2013): 145-71.
  • The Social World of Intellectuals in the Roman Empire: Sophists, Philosophers, and Christians. Cambridge University Press 2012.
  • "Becoming Heretical: Affection and Ideology in Recruitment to ‘Heretical’ Christianities.” Harvard Theological Review 104 (2011): 191-216.
  • "Defining the Circle of Sophists: Philostratus and the Construction of the Second Sophistic.” Classical Philology 103 (2008): 395-413.
  • “Affection and Affiliation: Social Networks and Conversion to Philosophy.” Classical Journal 103 (2007/08): 147-58.