Christopher Nappa

My research focuses on intersections between literature and society in the Greco-Roman world. Particular interests include intertextuality, the history of genres, classical mythology, and ancient concepts of gender and sexuality. Most of my work so far has focused on Latin poetry, but Greek literature plays a growing role. Current and future research projects include studies of Catullus, Vergil, Ovid, and Aeschylus, as well as various questions in Roman epic. 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. I've also developed an interest in the ways in which ancient texts anticipate modern social and political problems.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Classics, University of Virginia, 1996.
  • Regular Member: American School of Classical Studies, Athens, 1995-96.
  • MA: Greek, University of Virginia, 1992.
  • B.A.: Classics, University of Texas, Austin, 1990.

Curriculum Vitae


  • Latin Literature, especially poetry
  • ancient Rome
  • gender and sexuality in antiquity
  • Greek and Roman mythology
Courses Taught
  • Greek/Latin 8910: Intertextuality
  • Latin 5100: Ovid's Metamorphoses
  • Latin 8910: Roman Comedy
  • Latin 5200: Medieval Latin
  • Latin 8910: Seminar: Problems of Interpretation in Vergil’s Aeneid
  • Greek 8200: Homer's Iliad
  • CNES 3/5601 Sexuality & Gender in Ancient Greece & Rome
  • CNES 3082W: Greek Tragedy in Translation
  • CNES 1002: World of Greece
  • Making Men Ridiculous: Juvenal and the Anxieties of the Individual. University of Michigan Press. 2017.
  • Reading after Actium: Vergil's Georgics, Octavian, and Rome. University of Michigan Press, 2005.
  • Aspects of Catullus' Social Fiction. Studien zur klassischen Philologie 125. 2001
  • Gods and Mortals in Greek and Roman Poetry: Studies in Honor of Jenny Strauss Clay. Edited, with L. Athanassaki and A. Vergados. Ariadne Supplement 2. University Press of Crete. 2018.
  • “Catullus and the Personal Empire” in S. W. Bell and L. L. Holland, eds. At the Crossroads of Greco-Roman History, Culture, and Religion: Papers in Memory of Carin M.C. Green (Oxford 2018) 59-72.
  • “Hercules, Hylas, and the Nymphs: Heroic Myth and Homosocial Poetics in Propertius 1.20” in L. Athanassaki, C. Nappa, and A. Vergados, eds. Gods and Mortals in Greek and Roman Poetry: Studies in Honor of Jenny Strauss Clay (Rethymnon, Crete 2018) 325-43.
  • “Camerius: Catullus CC. 55 and 58b.”Mnemosyne 71.2 (2018) 336-45.
  • "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.
  • "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.
  • Experiens laborum: Ovid Reads the Georgics.Vergilius 48 (2002) 71-87.
  • “Catullus, c. 59: Rufa among the Graves.”Classical Philology 94.3 (1999) 329-35.
  • “The Goat, the Gout, and the Girl: Catullus 69, 71, and 77.”Mnemosyne 52 (1999) 266-76.
  • “Place Settings: Convivium, Contrast, and Persona in Catullus 12 and 13.”American Journal of Philology 119 (1998) 385-97.
  • Praetextati mores: Juvenal’s Second Satire.”Hermes 126 (1998) 90-108.
  • Agamemnon 717-36: The Parable of the Lion Cub.”Mnemosyne 47 (1994) 82-87.
  • 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