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Shane Hawkins

Associate Professor, Director of the College of the Humanities

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


I earned degrees at the University of Minnesota (BA, summa cum laude), Oxford (Corpus Christi, MStudies), and UNC-Chapel Hill (MA Classics) where, after a Fulbright stint in Vienna (Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Indogermanistik), I completed a PhD in Classical Linguistics. I came to Carleton in 2005. I teach Ancient Greek and Latin courses, classical mythology, Greek literature, Greek civilization, and sometimes exotica like Old Persian and Old Norse. Since 2016 I have served as the Director of the College of the Humanities.

Research Interests

My research focuses on issues of historical and comparative Indo-European linguistics, especially in Greek and Latin. I am interested in Greek invective poetry (Archilochus, Hipponax) and in the poetry of Catullus. In addition to forthcoming projects listed below I am working on a digital edition of Antonius Parthenius’ fifteenth century commentary on Catullus.


CLCV 1004 Elementary Language Tutorial I (F)
CLCV 1005 Elementary Language Tutorial II (W)
CLCV 4900 Directed Readings and Research (F/W)
LATN 3901 Advanced Latin II (W)
LATN 4901 Directed Study (W)


2018    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Teaching Development Award
2016    SSHRC Connection Grant (with Richard Mann): “Humanities in a Digitized World”
2014    Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Junior Faculty Research Award

Recent Work


(forthcoming) Greek Iambic Poetry. Under contract with Aris & Philips.

(forthcoming) Access and Control in the Digital Humanities. Co-editor with Richard Mann. Under contract with Routledge Press.

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

2013    Studies in the Language of Hipponax. Bremen.

Articles, etc.

(forthcoming) “Game of Throws: Some Ritual Elements in Hipponax.” In V. Cazzato and E. Prodi, Framing Hipponax. Cambridge University Press.

2019    “Archilochus 222W and 39W: Allusion and Reception, Hesiod and Catullus.” Philologus 163.2 (2019).

2018    “Catullus c. 11 and the Iambic Herald.” Paideia: rivista di filologia, ermeneutica e critica letteraria 73 (2018) 1605-1616; special issue in honor of Giuseppe G. Biondi, Catullus: models, manuscript tradition, Fortleben.

2018    “Selig wer auch Zeichen gibt: Leibniz as Historical Linguist.” The European Legacy. 23.5: 510-521.

2017    Review: Bettarini, Luca. Lingua e testo di Ipponatte. Syncrisis, 3. Pisa; Roma: Fabrizio Serra editore, 2017. In Bryn Mawr Classical Review,

2015    “The Indo-European Historical Background.” In Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Georgios Giannakis et al. eds., Brill.

2015    Review: Stevens, B.E. 2013. Silence in Catullus. Madison, WI and London: The University of Wisconsin Press. In Classical Review 65.2 (2015) 444-6.

2014    “Catullus c. 60: Lesbia, Medea, Clodia, Scylla.” American Journal of Philology 135.4, 559-598.

2014    Review: Ogden, D. Drakon: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds. Oxford: OUP, 2013. In Classical Journal online 2014-08-06.

2014    Review: Van Laer, Sophie. 2010. La préverbation en latin: étude des préverbes ad-, in-, ob- et per- dans la poésie républicaine et augus­téenne. Bruxelles: Éditions Latomus 2010. In Gnomon 86 (2014) 547-9.

2014    Review: Mulroy, D. (trans.) Sophocles’ Antigone. A Verse Translation with Introduction and Notes. Madison, WI and London: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2013. In Classical Review 64.1 (2014) 304-5.

2014    Review: Tribulato, O., ed. 2012. Language and Linguistic Contact in Ancient Sicily. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. In Classical Review 64.1 (2014) 1-3.

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

2012    “The Oscanism salaputium in Catullus 53.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142.2, 329–353.

2011    “Catullus’ Furius.” Classical Philology 106.3, 254-260.