Associate Professor of Classics
Academic Program Affiliation(s): Classical Studies, Experimental Humanities, Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literatures, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Literature
Biography:Lauren Curtis hails from the north of England, near Hadrian’s Wall, the northernmost boundary of the Roman Empire. After completing her BA in literae humaniores (classics) at University College, Oxford, and her PhD in classical philology at Harvard University, she joined Bard in 2013. She teaches Latin and Greek at all levels, as well as courses in translation on topics such as gender and sexuality in the ancient world and introductory Roman history and culture, and courses on Greek and Roman poetry and drama. Her research is focused on Latin poetry, especially of the Augustan period; Latin literature’s engagement with performance, religion, music, and dance; ancient book culture, antiquarianism, and cultural memory; gender and sexuality in the Greco-Roman world; and the literature and experience of ancient exile. Professor Curtis’s first book, Imagining the Chorus in Augustan Poetry, was published in 2017 by Cambridge University Press; articles and reviews have appeared in journals such as TAPA, Classical Philology, Vergilius, Phoenix, Arethusa, and Classical Review. She has presented papers and organized panels at the Society of Classical Studies annual meetings in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Seattle; at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, the Villa Vergiliana at Cuma, Italy, and at the University of Lisbon, among other venues. She is currently working on a Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics (“green and yellow”) commentary on Ovid’s exile poetry, as well as a volume, coedited with Naomi Weiss, on the relationship between music and memory in the ancient world. She is always interested to meet with students who want to discover more about the Greek and Roman worlds.
BA, MA, University of Oxford; PhD, Harvard University. At Bard since 2013.
- Research Interests: Greek and Latin poetry; ancient performance and musical culture, especially the history of the Greek chorus; ancient book culture, antiquarianism, and cultural memory; gender and sexuality in the Greco-Roman world