Chair, Latin language and literature
Before coming to Yale he taught at Kent State University, Ohio State University and the University of Illinois. At Ohio State he was Associate Dean of the Humanities and at Illinois he was Chair of the Department of Classics. His research has long focused on the social life of Roman letters, especially on the unique cultural encodings that structure and inform Roman ideas of poetry, and the practical implementation of those ideas in specific poetic forms, especially satire.
His main publications include: The Walking Muse: Horace on the Theory of Satire (Princeton, 1993), Satires of Rome: Threatening Poses from Lucilius to Juvenal (Cambridge, 2001), the Cambridge Companion to Roman Satire (Cambridge, 2005), and Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Horace’s Satires and Epistles (Oxford University Press, 2009). Currently he is writing a commentary on the second book of Horace’s Sermones for the Cambridge Green and Yellows.
Roman Food and Drink
Some Romans ate and drank to survive. Others did so to show off, to teach lessons, to play god, to worship the gods, to shower friends with kindness, to outdo their rivals, to taunt the lowly, to win gratia, and/or to make outrageous spectacles of themselves. The works that we will be reading in this course all have food and drink and the protocols of dining as strong points of focus. We will be looking at how food and drink were codified within the culture wars (literary, moral, and otherwise) of the ancient city.
Along with primary sources read in Latin, we will read various secondary works of modern scholarship on topics of food, dining, status, and Roman identity. This is a so-called ‘bridge’ course, which means it is designed to help students bridge the gap between advanced high school Latin, or Latin at the L4 level, to full-on ‘Yale’ Latin at the L5 level.