Christina Kraus To Serve as the Thomas A. Thacher Professor

Christina S. Kraus, the newly appointed Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin, has research interests in ancient narrative (especially historiography and tragedy), Latin prose style and the theory and practice of commentaries.

She is the co-editor of “Oxford Readings in Classical Subjects: Livy,” “Visualizing the Tragic: Drama, Myth and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature — Essays in Honour of Froma Zeitlin,” “The Classical Commentary: Histories, Practices, Theory” and “Latin Historians, Greece and Rome.” She is editor of “The Limits of Historiography: Genre and Narrative in Ancient Historical Texts” and author of “Livy Ab urbe condita Book VI” for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series.

The Yale classics professor has also written numerous articles, reviews and papers on Greek and Roman literature, historiography and other topics.

Kraus is the current chair of the Department of Classics. A graduate of Princeton University, she earned her Ph.D. at Harvard University. She came to Yale in 2004 after serving as the Monro Fellow in Classical Languages and Literature at Oriel College, Oxford University, and the CUF Lecturer in Classical Languages at Oxford. She previously taught at University College London and New York University (NYU).

The Charles Beebe Martin Lecturer at Oberlin College in 2009, Kraus’ other honors include a Presidential Fellowship, Golden Dozen teaching award and Humanities Council teaching development award — all from NYU.

She is a fellow of Yale’s Whitney Humanities Center and has been a visiting professor at the University of Texas-Austin and the Brittingham Visiting Scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also taught an OIKOS master class in Rome.

Kraus reviews frequently for the Classical Review and Bryn Mawr Classical Review (for which she is also on the editorial board), and serves on the advisory boards of The Oxford History of Historical Writing and of De Gruyter’s new Trends in Classics. She is currently working, with A.J. Woodman, on a commentary on Tacitus’ “Agricola” for the Cambridge Green and Latin Classics series.

A former president of the Oxford Philological Society, Kraus is also a member of the Cambridge Philological Society, the Societies for the Promotion of Hellenic and Roman Studies, and the American Philological Association, among other professional organizations.

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