Christina S. Kraus

Acting Chair, NELC. Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin.

Chris Kraus received her BA from Princeton and PhD from Harvard. She taught at New York University, University College London, and Oxford University before coming to Yale in the summer of 2004. She has research interests in ancient narrative (especially historiography and tragedy), Latin prose style, and the theory and practice of commentaries. She is a member of the program in Renaissance Studies.

She reviews frequently for Classical Review and Bryn Mawr Classical Review (for which she is also on the editorial board), and serves on the advisory boards of The Oxford History of Historical Writing and of Trends in Classics (de Gruyter). She gave the 2009 Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin College on the topic, “Tacitean polyphonies: The Agricola and its scholarly reception” and has just finished contributions to A. J. Woodman’s, forthcoming commentary on Tacitus’s Agricola for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series.

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Selected Recent Publications

  • The classical commentary: Histories, practices, theory
    (ed., with R. K. Gibson, Leiden 2002)
  • “Hair, hegemony, and historiography: Caesar’s style and its earliest critics”,
    pp. 97–115 in Aspects of the language of Latin prose,
    edd. J. N. Adams, M. Lapidge, and T. Reinhardt (Oxford 2005)
  • Visualizing the tragic: Drama, myth, and ritual in Greek art and literature
    (ed., with S. Goldhill, H. P. Foley, and J. Elsner, Oxford 2007)
  • “Bellum Gallicum”, pp. 159–74 in A companion to Julius Caesar,
    ed. M. T. Griffin, Blackwell 2009
  • Oxford readings in classical subjects: Livy
    (ed., with J. D. Chaplin, Oxford 2009)
  • Ancient historiography and its contexts
    (ed., with J. Marincola and C. Pelling, Oxford 2010)
  • Tacitus: Agricola (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics),
    Cambridge 2014, ed. A.J. Woodman (contributions)
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Field Latin language and literature

Specialism Latin historiography, historical narrative, commentaries and the theory of commentary; Caesar, Livy, Tacitus

Current Courses LATN 131 (Intermediate); Livy's Rome (L5); Latin Verse Letters (L5); Commentary, theory and practice (YISAP course, with Hindy Najman)

Contact details

101 Phelps Hall

Phone (203) 432-0993

Fax (203) 432-1079

christina.kraus@yale.edu