Jonathan J. Arnold

Jon Arnold

Associate Professor of HistoryDirector of ClassicsChapman Hall 225
(918) 631-3115

I am trained as an ancient and medieval historian and am also a Latinist. My professional research focuses on the late antique and early medieval West, with an emphasis on Gaul and Italy. I am especially interested in the disintegration of the Western Roman Empire and questions of identity at this time (5th and 6th centuries). My current book examines such questions within the context of “Ostrogothic” Italy, placing this "barbarian" kingdom firmly within the Roman imperial tradition. I work with a number of notoriously difficult Latin authors, including Sidonius Apollinaris, Magnus Felix Ennodius, and Cassiodorus Senator. At TU I am the Director of Classics.  I teach courses in ancient and medieval history and also moonlight in film studies.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D., History, University of Michigan, 2008.
  • Graduate Certificate, Greek and Roman History, University of Michigan, 2007.
  • M.A., History, University of Michigan, 2003.
  • B.A., Latin, University of Maine, 2001 (minor medieval/Ren. studies).
  • B.A., History, University of Maine, 2001 (minor classical studies).  

Areas of Academic Specialty

  • Greco-Roman History
  • Barbarian Studies
  • The Medieval Mediterranean and Europe
  • Film Studies

Previous Teaching Experience

  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of Michigan, 2003-2006.
  • Latin Tutor, University of Maine, 1999-2001.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Historical Association (since 2007).
  • American Philological Association (since 2007).
  • Medieval Academy of America (since 2007).

Courses Taught at TU

  • Ancient World (HIST 2313)
  • Medieval World (HIST 2363)
  • The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire (HIST 3813)
  • Greece and Rome in Film (HIST/FLM 3783)
  • Topics in Greek History (HIST 4803)
  • Topics in Roman History (HIST 4813)
  • Topics in Medieval History (HIST 4873)

Awards & Recognition

  • Thomas H. Buckley Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Tulsa, 2013
  • Faculty Development Summer Fellowship, University of Tulsa, 2010
  • Scholar Research Grant, Oklahoma Humanities Council, 2009.
  • 2007-2008 Rackham Humanities Dissertation Fellowship, University of Michigan.
  • 2006 Rackham Humanities Research Candidacy Fellowship, University of Michigan.


  • Theoderic and the Roman Imperial Restoration
    Cambridge University Press (2014)
  • “Theoderic’s Invincible Mustache.”
    Journal of Late Antiquity 6.1 (2013): 152-83.
  • Encyclopedia of Ancient History
    Two articles for the Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ed. R. Bagnall et al., Wiley-Blackwell (2012): “Cassiodorus” and “Caesarius of Arles.”
  • The Battle of Vouillé and the Restoration of the Roman Empire
    in The Battle of Vouillé, 507 CE: Where France Began. Edited by R.W. Mathisen and D. Shanzer. Walter de Gruyter (2012).
  • Book Review of E.A. Thompson
    The Visigoths in the Time of Ulfila (2nd Ed.), in The Classical Bulletin 85 (2010).
  • Three articles for the Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, ed. G. Dunphy et al., Brill (2010)
    “Gennadius of Marseille,” “Lactantius,” and “Paulinus of Milan.”
  • Eight articles for The Oxford Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. Robert Bjork, Oxford University Press (2010)
    “Agde, Council of (506),” “Caesarius, St, archbishop of Arles (c.470-542),” “Genevieve (Genovefa), St (c.422-c.500),” “Germanus (Germain), St, bishop of Paris (d. 576),” “Lex Gundobada (Liber Constitutionum, Loi Gombette),” “Orleans, Council of (511),” “Thierry (Theuderic) II, king of Burgundy and Austrasia (r. 595/6-, 612-13),” “Thierry (Theuderic) III, king of Neustria, Burgundy, and Austrasia (r. 673-, 675-, 687-90/1).”
  • Book review of Walter Goffart, Barbarian Tides: The Migration Age and the Later Roman Empire
    in The Historian 70.3 (2008)