Jo-Ann Shelton

Ph.D., Berkeley 1974
Roman social and cultural history; Attitudes toward animals in the ancient and modern world; Roman and Greek tragedy; Roman epistolography.




  • Pliny the Younger: Selected Letters, Bolchazy-Carducci 2016.
  • The Women of Pliny’s Letters.  Routledge 2012.
  • As the Romans Did, 2ndedition (revised and expanded). Oxford University Press, 1998.
  • Hercules Furens. The Madness of Hercules. Coronado Press, 1991.
  • As the Romans Did. Oxford University Press, 1988.
  • Seneca’sHercules Furens: Theme, Structure and Style. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1978.

Articles and Reviews

  • Review of Neil Bernstein,Seneca: Hercules Furens.  Classical Journal – Online – 2017.10.10.
  • “Pliny the Younger, and the Ideal Wife” in Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: The Epistles of Pliny(Oxford 2016), pp. 159-185. Reprint of 1990 article.
  • “The Fall of Troy in Seneca’s Troades,” in The Fall of Cities in the Mediterranean World(Cambridge 2015), pp. 183-213.
  • Review of Alastair Harden, Animals in the Classical World: Ethical Perspectives from Greek and Roman Texts.  Anthrozoos 28 (2015), pp. 524 -526.
  • Review of Matt Gibbs, ed., Themes in Roman Society and Culture.  Phoenix 68 (2014), pp. 193-196.
  • “Spectacles of Animal Abuse,” in The Oxford Handbook of Animals in Classical Thought and Life(Oxford University Press 2014), pp. 461-477.
  • “Decline of Paganism, Rise of Christianity: Why Christianity Became the Dominant Religion.” World Religions: Belief, Culture, and Controversy. ABC-CLIO, 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2014.
  • Review of Fabio Tutrone, Filosofi e animali in Roma antica: Modelli di animalità e umanità in Lucrezio e Seneca.  American Journal of Philology 134 (2013), pp. 709-713.
  • “Tuer les animaux qui ne cadrent pas: les dimensions morales de la restauration d’habitats,” translation of 2004 article, in Sentients des villes, sentients des champshttp://sentients-libres.blogspot.fr/2013/06/
  • Review of Margo DeMello, ed., Teaching the Animal: Human-Animal Studies across the Disciplines.  Anthrozoos24 (2011), pp. 104-106.
  • “The State and the Family,” inA Cultural History of Childhood and the Family in Antiquity (Berg 2010), pp. 115-131.
  • Review of  Thomas McGinn,  Widows and Patriarchy: Ancient and Modern.  Classical Bulletin85 (2010), pp. 47-49.
  • “Exotic Species,” in The Encyclopedia of Animal Welfare(Greenwood 2010), pp. 230-236.
  • “Beastly Spectacles in the Ancient Mediterranean World,” in ACultural History of Animals in Antiquity (Berg 2007), pp. 97-126.
  • “Exotic Species,” in TheEncyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships (Greenwood 2007),  345-352.
  • “Animals in Ancient Roman Arenas,” in TheEncyclopedia of Human-Animal Relationships (Greenwood 2007),  887-891.
  • Review of John Heath,  The Talking Greeks: Speech, Animals and the Other. American Journal of Philology 127 (2006), pp. 603-607.
  • Review of A. Schiesaro,  The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama. Vergilus 52 (2006), pp. 216-221.
  • “Elephants as Enemies in Ancient Rome.”  Concentric 32 (2006), 3-25.
  • Review of  S. Armstrong and R. Botzler, The Animal Ethics Reader. Anthrozoos18 (2005), pp. 434-440.
  • “Putting Women in Their Place:  Gender, Species, and Hierarchy in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses,” in Defining Gender and Genre in Latin Literature (Peter Lang 2005), pp. 301-329.
  • Review of B. Severy, Augustus and the Family at the Birth of the Roman Empire.  Classical Outlook82 (2005), pp. 157.
  • “Dancing and Dying: The Display of Elephants in Ancient Roman Arenas,” in Daimonopylai(University of Manitoba Press 2004), pp. 363-382.
  • “Killing Animals that Don’t Fit In:  Moral Dimensions of Habit Restoration.”  Between the Species(2004).
  • Review of S. E. Phang, The Marriage of Roman SoldiersClassical Outlook80 (2002), pp. 40-42.
  • “Seneca the Younger,” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World(Salem Press 2001), pp. 999.
  • “Seneca the Elder,” in Encyclopedia of the Ancient World(Salem Press 2001), pp. 999-1000.
  • Review of W. Fitzgerald, Slavery and the Roman Literary ImaginationAmerican Journal of Philology 122 (2001), pp. 599-604.
  • “The Display of Elephants in Ancient Roman Arenas.”  ISAZ Newsletter21 (2001), pp. 2-6.
  • “The Spectacle of Death in Seneca’s Troades”  inSeneca in Production (Classical Press of Wales 2000), pp. 86-118.
  • “Elephants, Pompey and The Reports of Popular Displeasure in 55 B.C.,” in Veritatis Amicitiaeque Causa(Bolchazy-Carducci 1999), pp. 231-271.
  • Review of M. J. Dobson, Food in Antiquity. Religious Studies Review25 (1999),  78-79.
  • “The Contributions of Ancient Greek Philosophy to the Modern Debate about Animal Use,”  inAncient Greece and the Modern World (University of Patras Press, 1998), 85-93.
  • “Shooting Sheep to Save Sagebrush:  The Violence of Habitat Restoration.” Electronic Green Journal, University of Idaho.  Special Issue 9 (1998).
  • Review of J. Donald Hughes, Pan’s Travails: Environmental Problems of the Ancient Greeks and Romans. Echos du Monde Classique42 (1998),  221-228.
  • “Feral Horses in a National Park:  A Conflict of Values in Preserving Species,”  in Our Natural Environment: IEA Proceedings (1997), pp. 278-285.
  • “Family Matters:  The Structure and Dynamics of the Ancient Roman Family.” Laetaberis11 (1996), pp. 1-27
  • “Lucretius on the Use and Abuse of Animals.” Eranos93 (1995), pp. 48-64.
  • “Contracts with Animals:  Lucretius, De Rerum Natura.”  Between the Species11 (1995), pp. 115-121.
  • “Paradigm and Persuasion in Seneca’s Ad Marciam.” Classica et Mediaevalia 46 (1995), pp. 157-188.
  • Review of J. Masters, Reflections of NeroClassical Philology90 (1995),  pp. 296-301.
  • Review of  B. Rawson, Marriage, Divorce and Children in Ancient Rome. Echos du Monde Classique 37 (1993), pp. 517-521.
  • “Roman Spectacles,”  in From Augustus to Nero: The First Dynasty of Imperial Rome(Michigan State University Press, 1990),  pp. 221-236.
  • “Bread and Circuses: The Politics of Entertainment,”  in From Augustus to Nero: The First Dynasty of Imperial Rome(Michigan State University Press, 1990), pp. 237-263.
  • “Pliny the Younger and the Ideal Wife.” Classica et Mediaevalia 41(1990), pp. 163-186.
  • “Pliny’s Letter 3.11: Rhetoric and Autobiography.” Classica et Mediaevalia 38 (1987), pp. 1-19.
  • “Human Knowledge and Self-Deception: Creon as the Central Character of Sophocles’ ” Ramus 13 (1985), pp. 102-123.
  • “Revenge or Resignation: Seneca’s ” Ramus 12 (1983), pp. 159-183.
  • “Structural Unity and the Meaning of Euripides’ ” Eranos 77 (1979), pp.101-110.
  • “Seneca’s Medeaas Mannerist Literature.”  Poetica 11 (1979), pp. 38-82.
  • “The Dramatization of Inner Experience: The Opening Scene of Seneca’s Agamemnon.” Ramus 6 (1977),  pp. 33-82.
  • “Chariot Racing: Ancient Rome’s Most Popular Spectator Sport.” Chariot Racing World 5 (1976),  pp. 9-17.
  • “Problems of Time in Seneca’s Hercules Furens and ” California Studies in Classical Antiquity 8 (1975), pp. 257- 269.