Professor of Classics and Chair


Research Interests

My research interests center on Latin literature and its contexts. I am currently working on representations of gardens in Latin literature and on poetics of epic commencement. I have ongoing interests in Ovid, Imperial Latin epic, and in representations of women in ancient literature.

Selected Publications



  • Ovid's Causes: Cosmogony and Aetiology in the Metamorphoses, The University of Michigan Press, 1994.
  • Vertis in usum: Studies in honor of E. Courtney, ed. J. Miller, C. Damon, K. S. Myers, Munich 2002.
  • Ovid Metamorphoses 14. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. Cambridge. 2009.


  • "Catullus: Gender and Sexuality," chapter forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Catullus, ed. I. M. Le M. Du Quesnay, A. J. Woodman.
  • "Pulpy fiction: Vergilian Reception and Genre in Columella De Re Rustica 10" (chapter forthcoming in collected volume New Perspectives on Vergil's Georgics, Bloomsbury Press).
  • 'Representations of Gardens in Roman Literature,' in Gardens of the Roman Empire, Cambridge, 2018.
  • Gardens of Pliny, Statius, Martial, Ovid, Varro, Cicero entries forthcoming in Gardens of the Roman Empire, eds. W. F. Jashemski, M. Gleason, K. Hartswick, A. Malek, 258-77. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • "ambiguus vultus: Horatian echoes in Statius' Achilleid," Materiali e Discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici 75 (2015) 179-88.
  • "Statius on Poetic Invocation and Inspiration," in Brill's Companion to Statius, edited by W. J. Dominik, C. E. Newlands, K. Gervais, 31-53. 2015.
  • "Ovid, Epistulae Ex Ponto 4.8, Germanicus, and the Fasti", Classical Quarterly 64 (2014) 725-34.
  • "Ovid's Reception of Ovid in the Exile Poetry," A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid, eds. C. Newlands and J. Miller, 8-21. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
  • "Catullan Contexts in Ovid's Metamorphoses," in Catullus: Poems, Books, Readers. edited by I. Du Quesnay and A. J. Woodman, 239-54. Cambridge, 2012.
  • "Ovid Bibliography" Oxford Bibliographies Online. 2010.
  • "Introduction." Ovid, The Metamorphoses. Translated by Horace Gregory. Signet Classics. 2009.
  • Entries on Tibullus, Elegiac, and Iambic Poetry for the Oxford Encyclopedia of  Ancient Greece and Rome.  Oxford, 2009.
  • "Imperial Poetry" in The Blackwell Companion to the Roman Empire, ed. D. Potter., 439-52.  Blackwell, 2006.
  • "Italian Myth in Metamorphoses 14: themes and patterns," Hermathena 177-78 (2004-2005) 91-112.
  • "Docta otia: Garden ownership and configurations of leisure in Statius and Pliny the Younger," Arethusa 38 (2005) 103-29.
  • "Psittacus Redux: Imitation and Literary Polemic in Statius Silvae 2.4," in Vertis in usum: Studies in honor of E. Courtney, ed. J. Miller, C. Damon, K. S. Myers (Munich 2002) 189-199.
  • "Miranda fides: Poet and Patrons in Paradoxographical Landscapes in Statius' Silvae" Materiali e Discussioni  44 (2000) 103-38.
  • "The Metamorphosis of a Poet: Recent Work on Ovid," JRS 89 (1999) 190-204.
  • "The Poet and the Procuress: The Lena in Latin Love Elegy," JRS 86 (1996): 1-21.
  • "Ultimus Ardor: Pomona and Vertumnus in Ovid's Met. 14.623-771."  Classical Journal 89 (1994) 225-50.


I received my AB from Oberlin College and my PhD from Stanford University. I taught at Princeton for one year, and at the University of Michigan for six years before coming to UVA in 1997.  I have two sons, one an undergraduate at UVA.