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Shane Hawkins

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A. (Minnesota), M. Studies (Oxford), M.A. (Chapel Hill, North Carolina), Ph.D. (Chapel Hill, North Carolina)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8143
Office:300 Paterson Hall


My academic peregrinations took me from the University of Minnesota (BA summa) to Oxford (Corpus Christi, MStudies), and then to UNC Chapel Hill where, after a Fulbright stint in Vienna (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Indogermanistik), I completed my PhD in Classical Linguistics. My research focuses on ancient Greek literature and issues of historical and comparative linguistics in Greek and Latin literature. I am especially interested in Hipponax and have recently been thinking a lot about Catullus.

Research Interests

Ancient Greek Literature, Historical and Comparative Linguistics (Indo-European)

2017-18 Courses

GREK 3900/4900 Plato’s Crito, Winter Sophocles’ Antigone (W)

Some Publications


hipponax book coverStudies in the Language of Hipponax, Hempen Verlag, 2013.

(in progress) Outline of the Historical and Comparative Grammar of Ancient Greek (with Michael Weiss).


“Catullus 60: Lesbia, Medea, Clodia, Scylla,” forthcoming AJP (2014) 135.4.

“The Oscanism salaputium in Catullus 53,” TAPA 142.2 (2012) 329-353.

“A Linguistic Analysis of the Vase Inscriptions of Sophilos,” Glotta 88 (2012) 122-165.

“Catullus’ Furius,” CPh 106.3 (2011) 254-260.

“Greek and Anatolian Languages in the Archaic and Classical Ages” in Blackwell’s A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language. Bakker, E., ed., 2010.

“IvE 106: oreioguadon kai enedras,” ZPE 162 (2007) 117-124.

“Variation in the organization of medical terms: Exploring some motivations for term choice,” (co-authored with Lynne Bowker) Terminology 12.1 (2006) 79-110.

“The Interchange of δ and ζ in Early Greek Epic,” Glotta 80 (2005) 46-71.

Encyclopedia entries

“Indo-European Historical Background” (forthcoming in Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Giannakis G., et al., eds. Brill.

“The Greek Language” and “The Pronunciation of Greek” in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome. Michael Gagarin, et al., eds., 2010.

Book reviews

Classical Review 64.1: Tribulato, O., ed. 2012. Language and Linguistic Contact in Ancient Sicily. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Phoenix 63.3-4 (2009) 385-6: Colvin, Stephen. 2007. A Historical Greek Reader, Mycenaean to the Koiné. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Classical Review 59.1 (2009) 106-109: Adams, J. N. 2007. The Regional Diversification of Latin 200 BC-AD 600. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Kratylos 54 (2009) 98-104: Probert, Philomen. 2006. Ancient Greek Accentuation. Synchronic Patterns, Frequency Effects, and Prehistory. Oxford: OUP.

Ancient History Bulletin 21 (2008) 127-130: Christidis, A.-F., ed. 2007. A History of Ancient Greek: From the Beginnings to Late Antiquity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.