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Elizabeth Kennedy-Klaassen

Instructor III

Degrees:B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Bryn Mawr College), Ph.D. (Bryn Mawr College)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2531
Office:2A55 Paterson Hall


Liz Klaassen has been teaching Latin and Greek languages and literatures, Roman history, and archaeology at Carleton since the fall of 2006.

She is interested in promoting interdisciplinary work, and her research is at the intersection of history and literature. She is currently exploring the relationship between historical exempla and literary imitation. In her teaching of archaeology and history, she examines the cognitive nexus of space, memory and history.

She spent a year teaching at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, and a summer as a graduate student at the American Academy in Rome. Her archaeological experience includes a summer spent digging at Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman literature, especially the historical epic of Silius Italicus and imitation
  • Roman history and material culture

2022-2023 Courses

ARCY 1008A/CLCV 1008A:  Introduction to Archaeology I (F)
LATN 1005B: Introduction to Latin I (F)
LATN 2200A:  Intermediate Latin I (F)
LATN 3900A: Advanced Latin I (F)


Bryn Mawr Latin CommentariesSilius ItalicusPunica 14 (Hackett Publishing, forthcoming)

Review of R. Marks, From Republic to EmpireScipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus Studien zur klassischen Philologie, vol. 152; Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2005) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2006.08.31)

New Second Steps in Latin, co-author (Focus Publishing, 2001)