Associate Professor of Classics
Associate Professor of Classics and Director of Undergraduate Programs. His research centers on late and medieval Latin, as well as on Latin palaeography and manuscript studies. His publications include a translation of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations (Modern Library, 2002) and numerous articles on various aspects of Greek and Latin literature. He is currently finishing a new edition with commentary on the late antique North African mythographer Fulgentius.
My research centers on medieval Latin literature and on Latin palaeography and manuscript studies. I am currently finishing an edition with commentary of the works of the sixth century allegorist Fulgentius (forthcoming from Oxford University Press). I'm also working on a short book about the history of Latin manuscripts from 1500 to the present. Other topics that I have an interest in include Latin palaeography and textual criticism, the ancient reception of Vergil, and Greek lyric poetry (especially its influence in modern literature).
- "Sounds from a Silent Land: the Latin Poetry of Byzantine North Africa," in S.T. Stephens and J. Conant, ed., North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam (Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, 2016), 269-293.
- "Notes on John of Garland's Epithalamium Beatae Virginis Mariae," Journal of Medieval Latin 24 (2014), 53-88.
- "A Poem by Guarino on Leonello of Ferrara," Traditio 69 (2014), 147-151.
- "The Mythographic Tradition after Ovid," in J.F. Miller and C.E. Newlands, eds., A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid (Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 2014), 129-143.
- "Fulgentius the Mythographer?" in S.M. Trzaskoma and R.S. Smith, eds., Writing Myth: Mythography in the Ancient World (Leuven: Peeters, 2013), 309-333.
- "Ancient Classics," in K. Hayes, ed. Edgar Allan Poe in Context (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 221-231.
- "Prose Style," in R.J. Hexter and D. Townsend, ed. The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Latin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012), 217-238.
- "John of Garland's Clauis Compendii. Notes and Explications," Journal of Medieval Latin 21 (2011), 53-136.
- "Fulgentius of Ruspe and his Medieval Readers," in Antonio Piras, ed. Lingua et Ingenium. Studi su Fulgenzio di Ruspe e il suo contesto (Cagliari, 2010), 105-145.
- "Notes on the Glosarium Ainardi," Filologia Mediolatina 15 (2008), 269-281.
- "Did Chrétien de Troyes Know Hyginus's Fabulae?" Romance Philology 62 (2008), 75-81.
- "Further Notes on Fulgentius," Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 103 (2007), 483-498.
- "Flumen orationis" in G.R. Wieland, C. Ruff and R.G. Arthur, eds. Insignis sophiae arcator. Medieval Latin Studies in Honour of Michael Herren on his 65th Birthday (Turnhout: Brepols, 2006), 1-27
- "'Romuleis Libicisque litteris': Fulgentius and the 'Vandal Renaissance'" in A. Merrills, ed. Vandals, Romans and Berbers: New Perspectives on Late Antique Africa (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2004), 101-132
- "The Date and Identity of the Mythographer Fulgentius," Journal of Medieval Latin 13, 2003, 163-252
- Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. Translated with an introduction and notes (Random House, 2002)
- "The Pseudo-Fulgentian Super Thebaiden," in Vertis in Usum: Studies in Honor of Edward Courtney (Munich and Leipzig, 2002), 200-219
- "Three Passages in Fulgentius," Eranos 99 (2001),100-102.
- "Tales out of School: Grammatical Culture in Fulgentius the Mythographer" forthcoming in Carol Lanham, ed. Latin Grammar and Rhetoric: Classical Theory and Medieval Practice.
- "A Second Look at Fulgentius's Alexander," Vigiliae Christianae 54 (2000), 204-207
- "Jean Gerson" in D. Sinnreich-Levi, ed., Dictionary of Literary Biography: The French and Occitan Middle Ages (Detroit, 1999), 129-140
- "Varia Fulgentiana," Illinois Classical Studies 23 (1998), 127-137
- "A Note on Juvencus 4. 286," Classical Quarterly n.s. 48 (1998), 599-600.
- "Le morte stagioni: Intertextuality in Quasimodo's Lirici Greci," Forum Italicum 29 (1995), 26-43
- Lexicographical articles for the Thesaurus linguae Latinae
- Various book reviews including Ellen Greene, ed. Reading Sappho, E. Wolff, ed. Dracontius. Oeuvres IV , A. Bierl, Die Orestie des Aischylos auf der modernen Bühne, and Stephen Harrison, Apuleius. A Latin Sophist.
I'm originally from Indianapolis, and grew up there and abroad. I majored in Greek at Yale, and then went on to do doctoral work in Classics at Cornell. After finishing my PhD, I spent a year in Munich as a post-doctoral fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae. I taught for two years at the University of Illinois before moving to UVA, where I've taught since 1999. For more information, please visit my home page.