Curriculum Vitae




Department of Classics & Ancient Mediterranean Studies (CAMS)

108 Weaver Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-5500                                                      

Telephone: (814) 865-2821 (O); 308-9639 (H)

Fax: (814) 863-7840



Classical and Late Latin poetry, especially Ovid, Lucan, and Claudian

History of classical literature: genre, intertextuality

Greek and Latin language: etymologizing and wordplay

Idea of Rome

Medieval Latin paleography, manuscript culture, and the Latin commentary tradition

Reception of classical authors in the Middle Ages and Renaissance


PhD 1992, Princeton University, Classics

MA 1988, Princeton University, Classics

BA 1984, Yale College, Classics (Greek), magna cum laude, honores in litteris Graecis


Hauptseminare (in Greek and Latin), Seminar für klassische Philologie, Universität Freiburg (Breisgau), 1988-1989

Mellon Seminar on Medieval Paleography, Scheide Library, Princeton University, Summer 1987

Summer Session, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1986

Post-Baccalaureate Program in Classics, University of Pennsylvania, 1984-1985


Associate Professor, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Penn State, Fall 1999 to present

Faculty Director, Penn State Education Abroad Program in Athens, Greece, 2005-2006

Assistant Professor, Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Penn State, Fall 1992-Spring 1999

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Classics, Smith College, Spring 1992

Visiting Lecturer, Department of Classics, Rutgers University, Fall 1991

Lecturer, Department of Classics, Princeton University, Fall 1991



Accessus ad auctores: Medieval Introductions to the Authors (Codex latinus monacensis 19475). A critical edition of MS Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 19475, fols. 1r-16v and 31r, with introduction, translation, and notes. TEAMS Secular Commentary. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, forthcoming, 2014 (in proof). Pp. xv + 270.


(In preparation)

The Storied Name of Rome: Etymology, Narrative, and Contested Meaning. Under commitment to the series “Classical Culture and Society.” Oxford University Press. Submission of 250 pp. Submission for review expected in September 2014.

(In print)

Narrative Dynamics in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Classica Monacensia 20. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2000. Pp. x + 174.

Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2001.11.23; Classical Review 52 (2002): 65-66; Gnomon 76 (2004): 68-70.

A Discourse of Wonders: Audience and Performance in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999. Pp. x + 272.

Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 1999.10.26; Les Études Classiques 67 (1999): 433-34; Journal of Roman Studies 90 (2000): 242; Classical Journal 96 (2000-2001): 228-33; Classical Review 50 (2000): 443-44; Classical World  94 (2000-2001): 287-88; New England Classical Journal 2000 27 (2000): 100-102; Gymnasium 109 (2002), 156-58; Phoenix 56 (2002): 172-73 ; Classical Outlook 79 (2001-2002): 33-34; Gnomon 75 (2003): 218-22.

See also discussion “Wheeler’s Analysis of Ovid’s Metamorphoses” in Thomas A. Schmitz, Modern Literary Theory and Ancient Texts: An Introduction. Malden, MA and Oxford, Blackwell, 2007, pp. 94-96. (Originally published in German as Moderne Literaturtheorie und antike Texte. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft, 2002)

Edited Volumes

Aetas Claudianea: Eine Tagung an der Freien Universität Berlin vom 28. bis 30. Juni 2002, co-edited with Widu-Wolfgang Ehlers and Fritz Felgentreu. Munich and Leipzig: K. G. Saur, 2004. Pp. xviii + 258.

Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2005.03.01; Museum Helveticum 62 (2005): 249.

Reception of Ovid in Antiquity, co-edited with Garth Tissol as guest editor of Arethusa 35.3. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 2002. Pp. 121.


Articles and Book Chapters


“Lucan’s Patria as Pretext for Claudian’s Dea Roma.” In Lucain et Claudien face à face. Une poésie politique entre épopée, histoire et panégyrique. Actes du Colloque international, Université de Genève / Fondation Hardt, Vandœuvres, 8-10 novembre 2012, edited by Valéry Berlincourt, Lavinia Galli Milic, and Damien P. Nelis. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter.

“The Emperor’s Love for Rome in Claudian’s Panegyric on the Sixth Consulate of Honorius.” In Tradition and Innovation in the Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity, edited by Scott McGill and Joseph Pucci. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter. 45 pp. typescript.

Lucretia tyrannicida? Roman Republicanism and the Tyranny of Desire.” Chapter submitted to the volume The Ruling Passion: The Erotics of Politics in the Classical World, edited by Mark Munn and Andrew Scholtz. 22 pp. typescript.

(In print)

“Von der Lüge zur Wahrheit: die Verwandlungen von Ovids Metamorphosen im Mittelalter.” In Carmen perpetuum. Ovids Metamorphosen in der Weltliteratur, edited by Henriette Harich-Schwarzbauer and Alexander Honold. Basel: Basler Schwabe Verlag, 2013, 89-110.

“Poetry in Motion: The Semantic Transformation of poetria in Medieval Latin.” In Festschrift in Honor of Philip Baldi, edited by Richard Page and Aaron Rubin. Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology 17. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2010, 149-64.

“Into New Bodies: The Incipit of Ovid’s Metamorphoses as Intertext in Imperial Latin Literature.” In Callida Musa: Papers on Latin Literature in Honor of R. Elaine Fantham, edited by Rolando Ferri, Mira Seo, and Katharina Volk. Materiali e Discussioni 61 (2009): 123-36.

“More Roman than the Romans of Rome: Virgilian (Self-) Fashioning in Claudian’s Panegyric for the Consuls Olybrius and Probinus.” In Texts and Culture in Late Antiquity: Inheritance, Authority, and Change, edited by J. H. D. Scourfield. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2007. 97-133.

“Before the Aetas Ovidiana: The Early Reception of Ovid.” In Aetas Ovidiana?, edited by Damien Nelis. Hermathena 177-178 (2004/2005): 5-26.

Aetas Claudianea—Zeit für Claudian” (co-authored with Widu-Wolfgang Ehlers and Fritz Felgentreu). In Aetas Claudianea: Eine Tagung an der Freien Universität Berlin vom 28. bis 30. Juni 2002, edited by W.-W. Ehlers, F. Felgentreu, and S. Wheeler. Munich and Leipzig: K. G. Saur, 2004. i-xiii.

“Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Universal History.” In Clio and the Poets: Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Historiography, edited by D. S. Levene and D. P. Nelis. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 2002. 163-89.

“Lucan’s Reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” Arethusa 35 (2002): 361-80.

“Toward a Literary History of Ovid’s Reception in Antiquity.” Arethusa 35 (2002): 341-47.

“Changing Names: The Miracle of Iphis in Ovid, Metamorphoses 9.” Phoenix 51 (1997): 190-202.

“The Underworld Opening of Claudian’s De raptu Proserpinae.Transactions of the American Philological Association 125 (1995): 114-34.

“Ovid’s Use of Lucretius in Metamorphoses 1.67-68.” Classical Quarterly 45 (1995): 200-203.

Imago mundi: Another View of the Creation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.American Journal of Philology 116 (1995): 95-121.

“Lost Voices: Vergil, Aeneid 12.718-19.” Classical Quarterly 43 (1993): 451-54.

Encyclopedia Articles

Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, edited by M. Gagarin and E. Fantham. Oxford/New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

“Claudian,” OEAGR 2, 221-222.

“Poetry, Latin Epic,” OEAGR 5, 381-83.

The Virgil Encyclopedia, edited by R. F. Thomas and J. Ziolkowski (Malden, Mass./Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

“Chaos,” VE, 255.

“Claudian,” VE, 270-71.

“Conrad of Hirsau” (with Robert G. Babcock), VE, 300-301.

“Maximianus,” VE, 796.

“Phaethon,” VE, 995-96.

“Philomela,” VE, 1000.

“Theodulus,” VE, 1261-62.

“Titans,” VE, 1274.

Book Reviews


Journal of Late Antiquity. Review of Catherine Ware, Claudian and the Roman Epic Tradition. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Classical Review. Review of Martin T. Dinter, Anatomizing Civil War: Studies in Lucan’s Epic Technique. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.

Classical Journal. Review of A. J. Woodman, From Poetry to History: Selected Papers. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012.

(In print)

Gnomon 85 (2013): 652-55. Review of Gianpiero Rosati, ed. (critical text based on Oxford Classical Text edited by R. J. Tarrant) and Gioachino Chiarini, trans. Ovidio Metamorfosi. Volume III. Libri V-VI. Fondazione Lorenzo Valla: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 2009.

American Journal of Philology 131 (2010): 150-54. Review of Barbara Pavlock, The Image of the Poet in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009.

Nomen/omen,” Classical Review 59.2 (2009): 455-57. Review of Joan Booth and Robert Maltby, eds. What’s in a Name? The Significance of Proper Names in Classical Literature. Swansea: The Classical Press of Wales, 2006.

Vergilius 50 (2004): 205-15. Review of Philip Hardie, Ovid’s Poetics of Illusion. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

“Snakebitten,” Classical Review 54 (2004): 104-106. Review of Christoph Raschle, Pestes Harenae: Die Schlangenepisode in Lucans Pharsalia (IX 587-949). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2001.

Religious Studies Review 30 (2004): 63. Review of Richard Thomas, Virgil and the Augustan Reception. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Classical World 96 (2003): 449-51. Review of Stephen Harrison, Apuleius: A Latin Sophist. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Journal of Roman Studies 92 (2002): 243-44. Review of Gerlinde Bretzigheimer, Ovids Amores: Poetik in der Erotik. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 2000.

Journal of Roman Studies 91 (2001): 248-50. Review of Philip Hardie, Alessandro Barchiesi, and Stephen Hinds, eds., Ovidian Transformations: Essays on Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Its Reception. Cambridge: Cambridge Philological Society, 1999.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 11.22 (2000). Review of Thomas Kellner. Die Göttergestalten in Claudians De raptu Proserpinae: Polarität und Koinzidenz als anthropozentrische Dialektik mythologisch formulierter Weltvergewisserung. Stuttgart and Leipzig: B. G. Teubner, 1997.

Classical Review 50 (2000): 442-43. Review of Ulrike Auhagen, Der Monolog bei Ovid. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1999.

“Nothing to Do with Caesar?” Classical Review 49 (1999): 62-64 Review of Roland Granobs, Studien zur Darstellung römischer Geschichte in Ovids Metamorphosen. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 1997.

American Journal of Philology 122 (1999): 170-73. Review of William S. Anderson, ed. Ovid’s Metamorphoses: Books 1-5. Norman and London: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997.

Religious Studies Review 25 (1999): 418. Review of Michael Paschalis, Virgil’s Aeneid: Semantic Relations and Proper Names Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1997.

Religious Studies Review 24 (1998): 193. Review of Deborah H. Roberts, Francis M. Dunn, and Don Fowler, eds. Classical Closure: Reading for the End in Greek and Latin Literature. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Religious Studies Review 24 (1998): 298. Review of David Sider, The Epigrams of Philodemos: Introduction, Text, and Commentary. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6.2 (1995): 133-39. Review of K. Sara Myers, Ovid’s Causes: Cosmogony and Aetiology in the Metamorphoses. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1994.



Visiting Professor, Curso Internacional 2008, Centro de Estudios Latinos, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina), October 2008

Resident Scholar, Institute of Arts and Humanities, Penn State, Fall 2008

Project: Research for book The Storied Name of Rome

Residence Allowance, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Summer 2007

Project: Research for book Accesssus ad auctores at Universität München

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft Grant, June 2002

Co-author of grant application with W.-W. Ehlers and F. Felgentreu to fund first international conference on Claudian at Freie Universität Berlin

Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for Extended Cooperation, hosted by Seminar für Klassische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin, 2001- 2002 (in cooperation with Prof. W.-W. Ehlers); project: collaborative research on Claudian leading to international conference and publication of conference proceedings

Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship, hosted by Seminar für Klassische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin, 2000- 2001 (in cooperation with Prof. W.-W. Ehlers); project: research on reception of Ovid

Institute for Arts and Humanistic Studies Faculty Grant and Research and Graduate Studies Offices and Faculty Grant, Penn State, Summer 1998; project: research and writing of Narrative Dynamics in Ovid’s Metamorphoses at the Universität München for the Classica Monacensia series (in cooperation with Prof. Niklas Holzberg)

Sydney Holgate Fellowship, Grey College, and University Research Grant, University of Durham, Spring 1997; Visiting Fellow, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Durham, Spring 1997; project: Research and Writing of Discourse of Wonders Audience and Performance in Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Research and Graduate Studies Office Award, Penn State, Spring 1994

Project: Departmental Colloquium on the topic of “Minds and Bodies in the ancient Mediterranean” (invited speakers Peter Machinist and Brent Shaw)

Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship, Princeton University, Summer 1988

Project: Dissertation research on the epigraphy of Ionian city-states (discontinued after the departure of Erich Gruen from Princeton)

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, Princeton University, Summer 1987

Funding for Medieval Paleography Seminar in the Scheide Library, Princeton
University, with the curator Jean Preston; project: catalogue description of Garrett MS 114

Stanley J. Seeger Fellowship, Princeton University, Summer 1986

Funding for Summer Session of American School of Classical Studies in Athens

Buchanan Winthrop Prize for Greek Translation, Yale College, 1983 & 1984

Eaton Prize for Faithful Work and Proficiency in the Classics, Trinity School, New York City, 1980


Invited Lectures

“The Contest of Vergil and Ovid,” Vergil Week 2012, Case Western Reserve University, April 28, 2012

Amor inversus: Roma from Propertius to Urban VIII,” University of Pennsylvania, November 20, 2008.

 “Roma: The Erotics of a Name,” Institute for Arts and Humanities, The Pennsylvania State University, November 11, 2008.

“Landschaft und Leidenschaft: der locus amoenus bei Ovid,” Landscapes-Landschaften, Workshop im Rahmen des Forschungskolloquiums der Latinistik, Universität Basel, October 21, 2008.

“Von der Lüge zur Wahrheit: die Verwandlungen von Ovids Metamorphosen im Mittelalter,” Vorlesungsreihe „Weltliteratur intertextuell”: Carmen perpetuum. Ovids Metamorphosen in der Weltliteratur, Universität Basel, October 20, 2008.

“The Idea of Rome in Roman Epic from Livius Andronicus to Ovid,” Curso Internacional 2008, Centro de Estudios Latinos, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina), September 29-October 1, 2008 (three lectures).

Keynote Speaker, “Amor inversus: Roma from Propertius to Urban VIII,” XX Simposio Nacional de Estudios Clásicos, Discurso, imagen y símbolo. El mundo clásico y su proyección, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba (Argentina), September 26, 2008.

Amor inversus: Roma from Propertius to Urban VIII,” Vassar College, April 14, 2003.

Amor inversus: Roma von Properz bis Urban VIII,” Universität Konstanz, July 3, 2002; ‘Universität München, July 17, 2002.

Roma/Amor: From the Walls to the Poets,” University of Komotini, April 23, 2002; University of Thessaloniki, April 25, 2002 (cancelled because of national flu epidemic).

“Lucan’s Metamorphoses,” University of London, October 30, 2001; Cambridge University, October 31, 2001.

“The Reception of Ovid in Early Imperial Literature,” University of Michigan, October 26, 2001.

“Form und Sinn in Ovids Metamorphosen,” Freie Universität Berlin, July 18, 2001.

“Claudian’s Panegyric for Olybrius and Probinus: Epic Allusion and the Idea of Rome,” University of Leeds, May 17, 2001; University of Manchester, May 23, 2001.

“The Danger of Disbelief in Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” University of Durham, March 10, 1997.

“Self-perpetuation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Tristia 1,” University of California, Santa Barbara, February 8, 1996.

“Cosmogony in Epic from Homer to Ovid,” Yale University, February 11, 1993.

Conference Papers

“Invitation to a Beheading: Wordplay and the End of Rome in Lucan.” Conference: “Les Mots sous les textes: Interpreting Wordplay in Greek and Latin Poetry.” Vandoeuvres-Genève, November 8, 2014.

“Teaching Ovid at the Benedictine Abbey of Tegernsee through the Twelfth-Century Accessus ad Auctores in MS Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Clm 19475.” 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 9, 2014.

“Using Tesserae: New Perspectives about the Relative Chronology of Virgil's Aeneid and Ovid's Amores, Conference: “Intertextuality and Digital Humanities: Approaches, Methods, Trends,” Vandoeuvres-Genève. February 14, 2014. 
“The Elaboration of the Idea of Rome in the Epics of Lucan and Claudian.” Fondation Hardt Colloquium: “Lucain et Claudien face à face: une poésie politique entre épopée, histoire et panégyrique,” Vandoeuvres-Genève, November 8, 2012.

Conditores urbis sub uberis lupae: An Etymological Mo(nu)ment in Livy, 10.23.12,” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Philadelphia, January 8, 2012.

“Claudian and the Love of Rome,” Conference: “The Classics Renewed: The Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity.” Brown University, October 14, 2011.

“Erotic Desire and the Roman Republic.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago, January 2008.

“More Roman than the Romans of Rome: Claudian’s Virgilian Debut.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Boston, January 2005.

“Cynthia’s New Clothes: Silk Textiles in Roman Poetry.” Conference: “The Poem as Textile: A Problem in Ancient Aesthetics.” University of Tennessee, September 23, 2005.

“Into New Bodies: The Reception of Ovid, Met. 1.1f. in Antiquity.” Conference: “Aetas Ovidiana: Ovidian Themes in Contemporary Latin Studies,” Trinity College Dublin, March 23, 2002.

“Virgil and the Secret Name of Rome,” Virgil Half-Day Colloquium, University of Durham, May 15, 2001. Other speakers: William Barnes, Damien Nelis, and David West.

“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Lucan’s Reception of Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Dallas, December 1999.

“Time in Ovid's Metamorphoses and Ancient Historiography.” Conference: “Augustan Poetry and the Traditions of Ancient Historiography.” University of Durham, September 1, 1999.

“Who Speaks in Ovid’s Metamorphoses?” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Washington, December 1998.

“The Economy of Violence in Claudian’s De raptu Proserpinae.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, San Diego, December 1995.

“Wordplay and Sexual Comedy in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” Annual Meeting the American Philological Association, Atlanta, December 1994.

“Lost Voices of the Latin Women: Vergil, Aeneid 12.718-19.” Meeting of the Classical Association of Atlantic States, Princeton University, April 1993.

“The Epic Background to Creation in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, New Orleans, December 1992.

“Beginning, Meandering, and Ending: Rivers in Ovid's Metamorphoses,” Meeting of Classical Association of Atlantic States, Poughkeepsie, October 1992.

“Marriage Terms in Ovid's Metamorphoses: The Case of Daphne and Apollo,” Meeting of Classical Association of Atlantic States, Fordham University, September 1991.

“Creation as Enumeration in Ovid's Metamorphoses,” Meeting of Classical Association of Atlantic States, Princeton University, October 1990.

Graduate Seminars

Die Letzte Welt von Christoph Ransmayr und Ovids Metamorphosen,” German 597A (“Postmodernism and the German Novel”), Penn State, April 1, 1994.

”New Approaches to the Problem of Structure in Ovid's Metamorphoses,” Princeton University, December 14, 1993


Smith College (SP 1992)

Latin 213b, Medieval Latin

Latin 214b, Ovid

Rutgers University (FA 1991)

Elementary Latin 

Princeton University (SP 1990-FA 1991)

Latin 108, Virgil and Livy

Latin 101 Beginner’s Latin

Penn State (FA 1992-FA 2014)

CAMS 001(H), Introduction to Greek and Roman Literature, 9x

CAMS 033, Roman Civilization, 13x

CAMS 400W, Comparative Study of the Ancient Mediterranean World (2x: “Ancient Cities” and “Foundation Myths”)

CAMS 411W, Classical Drama, 4x

CAMS 442, Sport in Ancient Greece and Rome

CAMS 496, Roles of Women in Greek Literature

CAMS 497, Special Topics: Idea of Rome

Greek 001, Elementary Classical Greek (Athenaze)

Greek 002, Elementary Classical Greek (Athenaze)

Greek 003, Intermediate Classical Greek (Athenaze, Plato’s Apology)

Greek 101, Introductory Greek (Hansen & Quinn)

Greek 102, Intermediate Greek (Hansen & Quinn, Plato’s Apology), 2x

Greek 430, Greek Poetry (Odyssey)

Latin 001, Elementary Latin (Wheelock; Moreland & Fleischer), 6x

Latin 002, Elementary Latin (Wheelock; Moreland & Fleischer), 3x

Latin 003, Intermediate Latin (Wheelock; Moreland & Fleischer, Catullus, Caesar, Livy, Ovid), 5x

Latin 203, Latin Reading and Composition (4x: Caesar, Cicero, Sallust, Vincent & Mountford)

Latin 402, Republican Literature (Catullus, Cicero), 4x

Latin 403, Augustan Age Literature (Virgil, Tibullus, Propertius, Horace, Ovid), 6x

Latin 404, Silver Age Literature (Lucan), 2x

Latin 420, Medieval Latin, 3x (once as Latin 497A)

Latin 494H, Honor’s Thesis on Shakespeare and Ovid

Latin 496, Latin Prose Composition (“Bradley’s Arnold”)

Latin 496, Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Latin 496, Cicero and Sallust

Latin 496, Cicero’s De natura deorum

Latin 496, Virgil

Latin 496, Neo-Latin Accounts of the New World

Latin 496, Cicero, De Natura Deorum, Book 1

Latin 596, Caesar and Vegetius


Douglas Chatterton, B.A. in CAMS, “The Hercules-Cacus episode, Virgil's Gaze, and the Ideal Hero: Roman Identity in the Aeneid” (April 2014)

Celia Jean Meehan, B.A. in CAMS, “The Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Metamorphic Play,” Schreyer Honors College, Penn State (April 2010). Meehan-Bajón earned a Masters in secondary education, specializing in Latin at Complutense University of Madrid. She teaches now in Spain.

Thomas Strunk, B.A. in CAMS “The Republic of Plato or the Dregs of Romulus:  Cato Uticensis, Cicero, and the Philosophic Discord of Politics,” (Spring 1995). Strunk is now a tenured classics professor at Xavier University.


Sam McMillan, English, Penn State, 2014-to present

PhD Comprehensives: June 2014

Laurent Cases, History and CAMS, Penn State, 2013-to present

      PhD Comprehensives: May 2013

PhD Dissertation Topic: Prosopography of Vicarii in Late Antiquity

Gabriel T. Ford, Comparative Literature, Penn State, 2010-2013

PhD Dissertation: “Exemplarity, Compilation, and Literary History in Trilingual England, 1100-1500” (defended June 5, 2013). Placement: Davidson College

David James Lunt, History and CAMS, Penn State, 2009

Dissertation: “Athletes, Heroes, and the Quest for Immortality in Ancient Greece” (defended Dec. 16, 2009). Placement: Southern Utah University

Annika Farber, Comparative Literature, Penn State, 2004-2011

PhD Dissertation: “Ethical Reading and the Medieval artes amandi: the Rise of the Didactic in Andreas Capellanus, Jean de Meun, and John Gower” (defended Oct. 19, 2011). Placement: San Diego State University

Louis Flores-Portero, Spanish, Penn State, 2008-2011

PhD Dissertation: “After the Storm Didn't Come, the Calm: Love, Memory, and Identity in the Modern Mexican Novel, 1947-1963” (written and defended in Spanish, June 16, 2011). Placement: Monmouth University

Jeanne Reames-Zimmerman, History, Penn State, June 1995-Sept 1998

PhD Dissertation: “Hephaistion Amyntoros: Éminence Grise at the court of Alexander the Great” (defended Sept. 1998). Placement: University of Nebraska at Omaha (tenured)



Latin Search Committee (1994-95, 1995-96, 1996-97, 2014-15)

Promotion and Tenure Committee (1999-2000; 2004-2005, Chair; 2007-2009; 2012, 2014-2015)

Hellenist Search Committee (2007-2008, Chair; 2008-2009; 2009-2010, Chair; 2013-14, Chair)

Lecture Series Coordinator (2011-12)

Lecturer Evaluation Committee (2009-2010)

Awards Committee (2008-2010, Chair)

Lecture Series Committee (1999-2000)

Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (1997-present, frequently Chair)

Committee on Recruiting Procedure (1995)

Latin Consortium (Fall 1996-present, frequently Chair)

Production Coordinator of Undergraduate Guide to the Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies Major and Minor, a 14-page curriculum guide, in cooperation with CAMS faculty and Academic Student Services Center (1994-1995)

Committee on Mediterranean Antiquity (1993-94)

College of the Liberal Arts

CAMS Headship Search Committee (1994-95, 2005, 2013)

Medieval Studies Committee (1997- present)

Member, Center for Medieval Studies (2009-present)

Athens Program Committee (2003-2007)

Interdisciplinary Council of Languages and Literatures (1995)

Classics Committee (1994)

Classical Studies Planning and Implementation Committee (1992-1993)

Host of Doctoral Students from Foreign Universities

Dr. Moa Ekbom, Uppsala University; visited Jan.-May 2010 to research dissertation: “The Sortes Vergilianae: A Philological Study” (published 2013)

Dr. Martín Vizzotti, Centro de Estudios Latinos, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina); visited Jan.-Mar. 2013, to complete dissertation: “De la tragedia de Séneca a la épica de Lucano: estrategias de representación de los paradigmas filosóficos y literarios” (published 2014)

Latin Liaison with State College Area High School

Advised SCASD Board of Directors and High School Latin teachers about preserving the Latin curriculum, April-May 2011.

“Proposed Changes to Latin Miss the Mark,” Centre Daily Times, May 5, 2011, Section A, p. 8. A defense of the four-year Latin program at State College Area High School, which was threatened with budgetary cuts.

Public Comment, SCASD Board of Directors Meeting, May 9, 2011. Arguments made to keep funding for two instructors in four-year Latin program.  Board voted 5-4 to exclude Latin from budget cuts.



Editorial Consultant, The Collected Works of Edmund Spenser, Vol. 1 Shepheardes Calendar etc., ed. Patrick Cheney et al. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming. (Responsible for checking Greek quotations)

Member of Editorial Board, Speculum, Journal of the Medieval Academy of America, 2014-2018.

Section Editor of “Special Vocabularies,” Tools of the Trade: Bibliographies for Roman Studies (Editor-in-Chief, Sander M. Goldberg), a bibliographical website for students and scholars hosted by Connexions (, 2010.

Research Assistant, Epigraphic Project for Greek Inscriptions of Asia Minor (Editor-in-Chief, Donald F. McCabe), The Institute for Advanced Study, 1987-1988.  Data entry and copy-editing.


Organized First Annual Penn State Latin Workship. “Senecan Tragedy: Stoic Means to Unstoic Ends" presented by Martín Vizzotti, Centro de Estudios Latinos, Universidad Nacional de la Plata (Argentina). Respondent, Robert J. Sklenar, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, February 27, 2013.

Organized public lecture series at Penn State: “Virgil in Penn’s Woods: On the Value of Virgil in an Age of Crisis,” 2011-2012. Six lectures. Speakers: Sarah Spence, Philip Hardie, Joseph Farrell, James J. O’Hara, Christine Perkell, and Richard F. Thomas.

Panel Presider, Section 3, Roman Poetry and Politics, Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Chicago, January 4, 2008.

Conference Co-Organizer and Moderator, “Aetas Claudianea: Claudian und die lateinische Literatur. June 28-30, 2002. 16 speakers were invited from the U.S., England, Ireland, Italy, and Germany to take part in the first conference ever devoted to the late antique poet Claudian. Funded through a grant by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft.

Session Chair, “The Vergilian Century,” University of Pennsylvania, November 17-18, 2000.

Panel Co-Organizer and Presenter, “After Exile: The Reception of Ovid’s Works in Antiquity,” (panelists included James McKeown, Martha Malamud, Michael Roberts, R. J. Tarrant, Garth Tissol), Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Dallas, December 1999.

Chair of 50th Meeting of Petronius Society, Munich Section. Introduced Karl Galinsky, “Das Augusteische in der augusteischen Kultur,” University of Munich, June 8, 1998.

Session Chair, “Perspectives on Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” First Craven Seminar, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, July 2-5, 1997.

Panel Co-Organizer and Presenter, “Ovidian Wordplay,” (panelists included Stephen Hinds, Shelley Kaufhold, James McKeown, James O’Hara, Garth Tissol), Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, Atlanta, Georgia, December 1994.

Colloquium Co-Organizer and Moderator, “Minds and Bodies: Perspectives on Rationality and Physicality in the Ancient Mediterranean World,” an Interdisciplinary Colloquium sponsored by the Committee on Mediterranean Antiquity, Penn State, April 29-30, 1994 (external speakers invited: Brent Shaw and Peter Machinist).

Roundtable Speaker, “Beginning the Middle Ages: Continuity and Change,” a Conference sponsored by the Center for Medieval Studies, Penn State, April 8-9, 1994.

External Examiner

Honors Examiner, Swarthmore College, May 2008

Stinnecke Prize Committee, Princeton University, 1994-1998, 2000

Membership in Learned Societies

Lifetime Member, Society for Classical Studies (formerly American Philological Association)

Annual Member, Medieval Academy of America

Peer Evaluator for Grant Proposals

Agenzia Nazionale di Valutazione del sistema Universitario e della Ricerca

Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences

National Endowment for the Humanities

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Swiss National Science Foundation

Referee for Journals and Academic Publishers

American Journal of Philology


Cambridge University Press

Classical Bulletin

Classical Journal

Classical Philology

Classical Quarterly

Comparative Literature Studies




Transactions of American Philological Association