Dr. Jaclyn Neel


About Dr. Jaclyn Neel

Dr. Jaclyn Neel earned her PhD in Classics and Ancient History from the University of Toronto and now enjoys teaching at Temple University. She has written several articles on Roman myth and religion; Smarthistory readers may enjoy "Early Rome: Myth and Society," an English-language collection of translated sources on early Roman myth and history. In a previous project, she offered free online guidance on classical research through her blog (libraryofantiquity.wordpress.com).


Achilles sacrificing Trojan prisoners to the shade of Patroclus, tablinum of the François Tomb, Vulci (Villa Albani, Rome)
The François Tomb is chock-full of elaborate frescoes with complicated messages we may never fully understand.

The François Tomb


Capitoline Wolf, 5th century B.C.E. or medieval, bronze, 75 cm (Capitoline Museums, Rome)
Abandoned as infants, the mythical founders of Rome were raised by a she-wolf.

Capitoline She-wolf