Cassandra Casias

Adjunct Lecturer in Classics

Cassandra Casias is a PhD candidate in Ancient History at Emory University, with a certificate in Medieval Studies.  She focuses on the social and cultural history of Ancient Rome and Greece, with particular interests in the family, gender, sexuality, and slavery. Her dissertation, Bishops and Other Men's Wives in the Later Roman Empireexamines the family relationships of fourth-century Christian women in different regions of the empire, as seen through the sermons and letters of their bishops.  She is a Latina, born and raised in the U.S. Southwest.


BA| Colorado College| 2011

MA| University of Colorado at Boulder| 2013

MA| Emory University| 2016

Courses Taught

HIST 241/ANCMED 202R: The Virgin and the Whore in the Ancient World

LAT_OX 101-02A, 102-02A: Elementary Latin I and II

LAT_OX 398R: Latin Directed Reading (Ovid's Metamorphoses)

CL_OX 102: Classical Mythology


Capt. William E. McGinn, Squad 18, FDNY Scholarship (American Academy in Rome), 2018.

A.G. Leventis Scholarship for Medieval Greek (American School of Classical Studies at Athens), 2017.

Blair and James Major Dissertation Award: Emory University, 2016.

Ross H. and May B. McLean Prize: Emory University, 2014.


“Sinful Slave-Owners in Augustine’s Sermons.” Journal of Late Antiquity 11.1 (2018): 111-28.

"The Vulnerable Slave-Owner in Augustine's Sermons." Studia Patristica 98 (2017): 641-652.

“Women in Early Christianity.” Library Guide: Pitts Theology Library, Emory University 2018.


“My Sister’s Keeper: Virgin Siblings in the Writings of Ambrose of Milan.” Women in Classics Conference. Princeton University, 20 April 2018.

“Merovingians, Martyrs, and the Mother of God.” Georgia Medievalists’ Group.  University of Georgia, 7 October 2017. 

“The Resurrection of the Bodies: Sexual Differentiation in Augustine’s Heavenly City.”  Classics Colloquium.  University of Virginia, 1 April 2017.

"The Weak Slaveholder in the Sermons of Augustine of Hippo." International Medieval Congress. University of Leeds (UK), 4 July 2016.  Earlier version: The International Conference on Patristic Studies XVII. Oxford University [UK], 13 August 2015.

“Rebel Nuns and the Bishop Historian: Gregory of Tours’ Use and Misuse of Radegund.”  Georgia Medievalists’ Group. Columbia State University, 11 November 2014.

“Herodotus’ Sauromatean Logos: Authorial Voice and the Art of Seduction.”  Orality and Literacy XI: Voice and Voices.  Emory University, 19 September 2014.

Research Interests

Roman and Greek Families

Gender and Sexuality

Comparative Slavery

Late Antiquity

Early Christianity