Cynthia Damon

Professor of Classical Studies


  • AM (honorary), Amherst College, 2004 
  • PhD, Classics, Stanford University, 1990 
  • Master of Arts, Classics, Boston College, 1984
  • Bachelor of Arts, History, Stanford University, 1979

Research and teaching interests:

  • Latin literature 
  • Historiography

Selected publications:

  • Tacitus, Annals (2012)
  • Caesar's Civil War (2006), with William Batstone
  • Tacitus, Histories, Book I (2003)
  • The Mask of the Parasite: A Pathology of Roman Patronage (1997)

Work in progress:

  • C. Iuli Caesaris Commentariorum libri III de bello civili 
  • Studies on the Text of Caesar's Bellum Civile (OUP, forthcoming) 

Recent courses:

  • Undergraduate
    • Thucydides and Euripides
    • Caesar and Lucan, Horace's Satires
    • Writing History
    • Age of Caesar
  • Graduate
    • Tacitus
    • Caesar
    • Prose Composition, Text and Context: History of Latin Literature
    • Livy and Polybius (with J. McInerney)
    • Roman Letters (with C. Grey)
    • Suetonius and the Historia Augusta (with C. Grey)

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