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Marc Mastrangelo

Professor of Classical Studies (1997)

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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 articles: "Towards a Poetics of Late Latin Reuse," in Tradition and Innovation in the Latin Poetry of Late Antiquity (WinterVerlag, 2016); and "The Early Christian Response to Platonist Poetics: Boethius, Prudentius, and the Poeta Theologus," in The Poetics of Late Latin Literature (Oxford, 2017). Prof. Mastrangelo teaches courses at all levels of Classical language and civilization. He is co-founder of Dickinson Classics Online, which publishes resources for Chinese students and scholars of the ancient Greek and Latin classics, and the Humanities Collective at Dickinson. He was Visiting Professor in Anglophone Studies at the Université Jean Jaurès, Toulouse in 2014-15.


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

2019-2020 Academic Year

Spring 2020

CLST 110 Intro to Greek Civilization
Reading and discussion of key literary, philosophical, and historical works of ancient Greece, including works by Homer, Thucydides, Plato, the Greek tragedians and comedians. Topics include Greek artistic and moral values, the conception of a good life, Athenian democracy and imperialism, slavery, homosexuality, and gender. The literature is read in English translation. This course fulfills the humanities distribution requirement. Offered every year

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.

GREK 234 Greek Tragedy
A play from the corpus of Aeschylus, Sophocles, or Euripides will be read. Readings in English focus discussion on the authors' poetic style, purpose, and the historical context within which the writing occurred. Prerequisite: 112 or the equivalent. Offered every two years.

LATN 243 Lucretius
Selections from the Epicurean philosopher's epic poem On the Nature of Things, with study of the philosophical and poetic background of the work, its reception in antiquity, and its relevance to modern concerns. Prerequisite: 202 or the equivalent. Offered every third year.