Christina S. Kraus

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.

Kraus book coversShe 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.

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)

Featured Courses This Year

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LATN 424/LATN 724/CPLT 594

Latin Lyric

Fall 2013, L5

An introduction to Latin lyric poetry, concentrating on Horace's Odes, but with readings also from Catullus and Horace's Epodes. Emphasis will be placed on interpretation rather than simply on translation.

Topics of focus include: lyric poetics; the development of the genre; the poet's voice; problems and theory of translation; modern receptions of Horace; Horace's reading of Catullus.

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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); Latin Lyric (Horace). Vergil's Aeneid (graduate, with David Quint); Graduate Survey of Latin Literature

Contact details

101 Phelps Hall

Phone (203) 432-0993

Fax (203) 432-1079