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Shane Hawkins

Associate Professor, Director of the College of the Humanities

Degrees:BA, University of Minnesota; MStudies, Corpus Christi, Oxford; MA and PhD, UNC-Chapel Hill; Fulbright Vienna, Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Indogermanistik.
Phone:613-520-2600 x 8143
Office:300 Paterson Hall


I came to Carleton in 2005. I teach Ancient Greek and Latin language courses, classical mythology, Greek literature, Greek civilization, and sometimes Old Persian and Old Norse. Since 2016 I have served as the Director of the College of the Humanities.

Research Interests

Historical and comparative Indo-European linguistics, especially Greek and Latin; Greek lyric and invective poetry (esp. Archilochus, Hipponax); Catullus; Digital Humanities. Currently in preparation:

  • with Carleton students, an edition of Antonius Parthenius’ fifteenth-century commentary on Catullus.
  • Greek Iambic Poetry. Aris & Philips.
  • with Michael Weiss, Outline of the Historical and Comparative Grammar of Ancient Greek.

2023/2024 Courses

GREK 3900A/4900A: Advanced Greek (F)
HUMS 1300A: Classical Literature and Its Reception (W)


2020    co-investigator with Michael Sampson (applicant), SSHRC Connection Grant: Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri Workshop.

2016    co-investigator with Richard Mann (applicant), SSHRC Connection Grant: Humanities in a Digitized World.


2021 (editor) Access and Control in the Digital Humanities. Routledge Press

2013    Studies in the Language of Hipponax. Bremen.

Some Publications

2023   “Aristophanes Clouds 344 and some prominent noses.” Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica 133: 67-86.

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

2019    “Archilochus 222W and 39W: Allusion and Reception, Hesiod and Catullus.” Philologus 163(2), 16-46.

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

2018    “Selig wer auch Zeichen gibt: Leibniz as Historical Linguist.” The European Legacy 23(5), 510-521.

2014    “Catullus c. 60: Lesbia, Medea, Clodia, Scylla.” American Journal of Philology 135(4), 559-598.

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.