Alumni (Fellow)

Lily van Diepen

Eric P. and Elizabeth R. Johnson Family Jefferson Fellow
New York, New York
B.A. New York University (2012)
M.A. University of Virginia (2016)
Graduate School of Arts & Sciences


Lily Van Diepen is a Ph.D. candidate in U.Va.’s Corcoran Department of History. She is completing her dissertation, “The Crimen Maiestatis and the Construction of Autocratic Rule, from Republic to Principate,” which is focused on the development of the ’crimen maiestatis’ (the Roman crime of treason), the shaping of Roman autocracy, and the process by which imperial autocratic rule gradually emerged from the ruins of the Republic and evolved over the course of the Empire. Lily received her B.A. in classical studies from New York University and an M.A. in history from the University of Virginia. Lily plans to defend her dissertation in spring 2019.

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The Crimen Maiestatis and the Construction of Autocratic Rule, from Republic to Principate

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