Patrick Glauthier

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Cohen Hall 270

Ph.D. (Classics) Columbia University, 2011

M.Phil. (Classics) Columbia University, 2008

M.A. (Classics) Columbia University, 2005

B.A. (Classics) Rice University, 2002


My research focuses on Latin literature and the cultural and intellectual history of the late Republic and early Empire, and I'm particularly interested in Roman constructions and representations of knowledge about the natural world.  My current book project, which is based on my dissertation, is called The Scientific Sublime in Imperial Rome: Manilius, Seneca, Lucan, and the Etna.  Drawing on the fields of science and technology studies and the history of aesthetics, I argue that the experience of sublimity plays a crucial role in the production and reception of scientific knowledge in the first century CE, and I chart the dynamic permutations of the sublime itself through a series of connected debates about the nature and value of doing science.

Research Interests: 

Latin literature, especially (post-Augustan) poetry

Didactic poetry and its relationship to epic

Ancient science and intellectual history

Ancient literary criticism (including ancient scholarship) and rhetorical theory

The sublime


Selected Publications: 

Book Project:

The Scientific Sublime in Imperial Rome: Manilius, Seneca, Lucan, and the Etna



“The Aristaeus Epyllion in Georgics 4 and the Instability of Didactic Knowledge” (in preparation for TAPA)

“Repurposing the Stars: Manilius, Astronomica 1, and the Aratean Tradition”. Forthcoming in AJP.

“Playing the Volcano: Prometheus Bound and Fifth Century Volcanic Theory”. Forthcoming in CP.

Phaedrus, Callimachus and the recusatio to Success”.  CA 28 (2009), 248-78.


Book Chapters:

“An Image Sublime: The Milky Way in Aratus and Manilius”. In Teaching Through Images: Imagery in Ancient Didactic Poetry, ed. J. Strauss Clay and A. Vergados (under review with Brill).

Census and commercium: Two Economic Metaphors in Manilius”. Ιn Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica, ed. S. Green and K. Volk, Oxford, 2011, 188-201.



Citroni Marchetti, S.  2011.  La scienza della natura per un intellettuale romano: studi su Plinio il Vecchio. Pisa.  In Gnomon 87 (2015): 655-8.

Woodman, A.J.  2012.  From Poetry to History: Selected Papers.  Oxford.  In CR 65 (2015): 116-8.