Jon Arnold - Faculty & Adjuncts

Jon Arnold, PhD

Jon Arnold, PhD
Director of Classical Studies
Associate Professor of History
College of Arts & Sciences
918-631-3115 Chapman Hall Room 202


PhD – University of Michigan Graduate Certificate – University of Michigan MA – University of Michigan BA – University of Maine


Jonathan Arnold is trained as an ancient and medieval historian and is also a Latinist. His professional research focuses on the late antique and early medieval West, with an emphasis on Gaul and Italy. He is especially interested in the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire and questions of identity at this time (5th and 6th centuries). Arnold's recent book, Theoderic and the Roman Imperial Restoration (CUP 2014), examines such questions within the context of "Ostrogothic" Italy, placing this "barbarian" kingdom firmly within the Roman imperial tradition. He is coeditor of A Companion to Ostrogothic Italy (Brill 2016) and is currently preparing a select translation of Magnus Felix Ennodius for Liverpool University Press' Translated Texts for Historians Series. At TU he is the Director of Classical Studies.  He teaches courses in ancient and medieval history and also moonlights in film studies.

Research Interests

Late Roman and early medieval Mediterranean; Late Antiquity; the Fall of Rome; barbarians and barbarian kingdoms.

Teaching Interests

Greek, Roman, and Medieval History
Film Studies

Courses Taught

  • Ancient World
  • Greek History, Philosophy and Drama
  • The Middle Ages on Film
  • The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • Independent Study
  • Medieval World
  • Greeks & Barbarians
  • Topics in Greek History
  • Greece and Rome in Film
  • Readings in the History of the Ancient World and Europe to 1700

Awards & Honors

  • Thomas H. Buckley Award for Teaching Excellence
  • Outstanding Teacher Award