Christopher Nappa

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Classic/Near Eastern Studies
245 Nich Hall

216 Pillsbury Dr SE

My research focuses on intersections between literature and society in the Greco-Roman world with particular emphasis on Latin poetry. I'm also interested in intertextuality, the history of satire and other poetic genres, the reception of classical mythology, and ancient concepts of gender and sexuality. Future major projects include articles on Ovid as well as book-length studies of Catullus and Vergil. My teaching ranges broadly over classical antiquity. In addition to Latin and Greek, I teach courses on ancient sexuality and gender and on classical literature in translation.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Classics, University of Virginia, 1996.
  • MA: Greek, University of Virginia, 1992.
  • B.A.: Classics, University of Texas, Austin, 1990.


  • Latin Literature
  • ancient Rome
  • gender and sexuality in antiquity
  • satire
Courses Taught
  • Latin 8910: Seminar: Problems of Interpretation in Vergil’s Aeneid
  • CNES 3/5601 Sexuality & Gender in Ancient Greece & Rome
  • Latin 8910: Roman Comedy
  • Latin 5200: Medieval Latin
  • CNES 3082W: Greek Tragedy in Translation
  • CNES 1002: World of Greece
Research & Professional Activities


  • Book length studies of Catullus and Vergil.
  • "Money, Marius Priscus, and infamia in Juvenal, Satire 1." Rheinisches Museum 156 (2013) 406-10.
  • "The Unfortunate Marriage of Gaius Silius: Tacitus and Juvenal on the Fall of Messalina." In Latin Poetry and Historiography in the Early Empire: Generic Interactions edited by J. F. Miller and A. J. Woodman (Brill 2010) 193-207.
  • "Lucilius and Declamation: A Petronian Intertext in Juvenal's First Satire." In Fictional Traces: Receptions of the Ancient Novel, edited by Marilia Futre Pinheiro and Stephen Harrison (Barkhuis 2011).
  • “Catullus and Vergil" in M. B. Skinner, ed. Blackwell’s Companion to Catullus (Malden, Mass. and Oxford 2007) 377-98.
  • “Elegy on the Threshold: Generic Self-Consciousness and the Reader in Propertius 1.16." Classical World 101.1 (2007) 33-49.
  • "Unmarried Dido: Aeneid 4.550-51." Hermes 135.3 (2007) 301-13.
  • Reading after Actium: Vergil's Georgics, Octavian, and Rome. University of Michigan Press, 2005.
  • "Callimachus' Aetia and Aeneas' Sicily." Classical Quarterly 54 (2004) 640-46.
  • "Num te leaena: Catullus 60." Phoenix 57 (2003) 57-66.
  • "Fire and Human Error in Vergil's Second Georgic." American Journal of Philology 124.1: (2003) 39-56.
  • "Cold-blooded Virgil: Bilingual Wordplay at Georgics 2.483-9." Classical Quarterly 52 (2002) 617-20.
  • Aspects of Catullus' Social Fiction. Studien zur klassischen Philologie 125. 2001
  • Making Men Ridiculous: Juvenal and the Anxieties of the Individual.University of Michigan Press. 2017.
  • Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award, 2010
  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Grant, 2005 - 2006
  • Thomas Day Seymour Fellowship in Literature and History, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 1995 - 1996