Faculty Profile

Marc Mastrangelo

Professor of Classical Studies (1997)

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East College Room 101


Prof. Mastrangelo's publications have focused on Early Christian Latin poetry, Greek tragedy, and Greco-Roman intellectual history. He is a co-editor of The Unknown Socrates (Bolchazy-Carducci, 2002) and the author of The Roman Self in Late Antiquity (Johns Hopkins, 2008). His most recent publications include two forthcoming articles: "Towards a Poetics of Late Latin Reuse," in Tradition and Innovation in the Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity (WinterVerlag); and "The Early Christian Response to Platonist Poetics: Boethius, Prudentius, and the Poeta Theologus," in The Poetics of Late Latin Literature (Oxford). Prof. Mastrangelo teaches courses at all levels of Classical language and civilization. He is co-founder of The Humanities Collective at Dickinson and is currently Visiting Professor in Anglophone Studies at the Université Jean Jaurès, Toulouse.


  • B.A., Amherst College, 1985
  • M.A., Wadham College, Oxford University, 1988
  • M.A., Brown University, 1995
  • Ph.D., 1996

2015-2016 Academic Year

Fall 2015

LATN 233 Roman Historians
Readings from Roman historians such as Sallust, Caesar and Livy, with study of Roman political values.Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the Humanities (Division I B) distribution requirement.

GREK 233 Herodotus
Selected readings from The Persian Wars, supplemented with reading of the text in English. Attention is paid to the nature of history and historical writing. Recommended: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every two years. This course fulfills the Humanities (Division I B) distribution requirement.

LATN 241 Early Christian Latin
Selections from Augustine's Confessions, Prudentius' Psychomachia, and/or the corpus of Claudian and Ausonius. Attention is paid to the intellectual and literary culture of the late 4th century AD. Offered every two years. Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every two years.

LATN 393 Seminar
Readings and conferences on selected areas of Latin literature. Emphasis on research skills. Prerequisite: at least one course at the 200-level. Offered occasionally.

Spring 2016

LATN 102 First-Year Latin
All the fundamentals of Latin grammar and the study of vocabulary. This course prepares students to read classical authors in the original.Prerequisite: 101 or the equivalent.

CLST 110 Intro to Greek Civilization
Reading and discussion of key literary and historical works of ancient Greece, including works by Homer, Thucydides, the Greek tragedians and comedians, with consideration of the Greek intellectual enlightenment, Athenian democracy and the Athenian empire in their historical and cultural contexts. The literature is read in English translation. This course will fulfill a literature requirement in the arts and humanities distribution requirement. Offered every other year. This course fulfills the Humanities (Division I B) distribution requirement.

LATN 202 Introduction to Roman Poetry
Selected readings from Catullus and Ovid, with focus on poetic technique, and discussion of supplementary readings in English. Prerequisite: 102 or the equivalent. This course fulfills the language graduation requirement.