Steele Brand

Steele Brand
Steele Brand is an assistant professor of history at The King’s College and a former U.S. Army tactical intelligence officer. Brand’s Killing for the Republic: Citizen-Soldiers and the Roman Way of War is out now from Johns Hopkins University Press.

Recent Essays

The Diseases that Kill Republics: Insights from Ancient Rome’s Epidemics

Italy’s tragic status as one of the worst-hit nations is a reminder of its predecessor, the Roman Republic, which endured dozens of epidemics in a history that lasted from 509 to 42 BC. Rome’s survival amidst so much death and disease shows how epidemics, both biological and political, threaten republics.