Ertegun Staff and Scholar Profiles

Daniel Kosasa

MSt in Greek and/ or Roman History | 2015 Graduate
Nationality: 
American

I am an historian of late Antiquity whose primary area of inquiry is the appearance of eschatological schemes in fifth and sixth century historiography in both the Eastern and Western empires. My dissertation whilst at Oxford, for which I received the proxime accessit, argued that Orosius' identification of Rome with the fourth and last empire from the Book of Daniel is the best means to explain medieval attempts at resuscitating the Roman Empire. Alongside this dissertation, I have written on the tenability of applying Freud's theory of collective consciousness to the middle Republican Roman state; I have also written extensively on Zosimus' Historia Nova, reactions to the sacking of Rome in 409, and the epistemological problems inherent to doing ancient history.

Having taught Latin and Greek at Bard Early College in the two years subsequent to Oxford, I am now pursuing a doctorate in history at Princeton University, working with Helmut Reimitz on the appearance of Orosius in early medieval historiography.

Outside of my intellectual interests, I love to travel by bike through Eastern Europe, collect and age wine, and cook. I can cook a very mean a rib eye.