Patrick Glauthier

Assistant Professor

My research focuses on Latin literature of the late Republic and early Empire. In particular, I'm interested in the origins and development of scientific writing at Rome and the experience of the sublime. My current book project explores how the sublime impacts the formulation of scientific ideas and shapes the representation of scientific inquiry in Latin texts of the first century C.E. In addition to the book, I am finishing up a paper about the sublime and the cessation of time in an early Christian text ("Time Stood Still, and It Was Sublime [Proto-Gospel of James 18]"), and I am working on an essay about the sublime in the ancient world for The Cambridge Companion to the Romantic Sublime.

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I teach Latin at all levels. The subjects of my most recent Latin seminars are The Roman Heavens, Virgil's Aeneid, Ovid's Metamorphoses, and Catullus. I also teach a variety of CLST classes, like Ancient Epic, that don't require Latin/Greek or any knowledge of the ancient world at all. In Winter '20, I launched a brand new CLST course on Ancient Medicine, and I'm looking forward to teaching it again next Winter!

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310 Reed Hall
HB 6086
Ph.D. Columbia University
M.Phil. Columbia University
M.A. Columbia University
B.A. Rice University

Selected Publications

“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, Brill, 2022, 82–104.

"Homer redivivus? Rethinking the Transmigration of the Soul in Ennius’s Annals." Arethusa 54 (2021): 185–220.

"Bugonia and the Aetiology of Didactic Poetry in Virgil, Georgics 4.” Classical Quarterly 69 (2020): 745–63.

“Hybrid Ennius: Cultural and Poetic Multiplicity in the Annals”. In Ennius: Poetry and History, ed. C. Damon and J. Farrell, Cambridge University Press, 2020, 25–44.

"inconsistencies in Latin Literature." InThe Oxford Classical Dictionary, digital edition, ed. T. Whitmarsh. Oxford University Press. Article published April 2019. doi: 10.1093/acrefore/9780199381135.013.8135.

“Playing the Volcano: Prometheus Bound and Fifth Century Volcanic Theory.” Classical Philology 113 (2018): 255–78.

“Repurposing the Stars: Manilius, Astronomica 1, and the Aratean Tradition.” American Journal of Philology 138 (2017): 267-303.

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

“Phaedrus, Callimachus and the recusatio to Success.”  Classical Antiquity 28 (2009): 248-78.

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Works in progress

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

My book argues that the aesthetic experience of the sublime plays a crucial role in scientific inquiry at Rome during the early empire. In particular, I show how a continuous interest in the aesthetic experience of the sublime feeds into the formulation of scientific ideas and shapes the representation of scientific inquiry, and I argue that by looking at how each of the four authors writes about nature and doing science, we can see the fundamental dialogue that connects these texts.

By bringing all of these works together in one study, which has not been done before, I establish a major thread of literary and intellectual continuity that cuts across genres, moving from the late Augustan principate through Neronian Rome and into the Flavian period. All of this allows me to tell a new story about the development and dynamics of Latin literature and the Roman contribution to scientific thinking in the first century CE.