Jessica Blum

Jessica Blum is an Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the University of San Francisco. She received her PhD from Yale University, and her BA from Trinity College Dublin.

Her main research interests are imperial Latin poetry and the epic tradition. Her current book project examines the interaction of exemplarity and genre in Valerius Flaccus’ Argonautica, with a particular focus on the character of Hercules.

Jessica Blum is also co-editing (together with Thomas Biggs) a new volume on the epic journey entitled Home and Away: The Epic Journey in Greek and Roman Literature. Her current and forthcoming publications focus on the Argonautica and Ovid’s Heroides, bull similes in the Argonautica, and on generic interactions between elegy and epic.