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Elizabeth Kennedy-Klaassen

Instructor III, Coordinator and Undergraduate Advisor

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

2020-2020 Courses

CLCV 1008/ARCY 1008A:  Introduction to Archaeology I
CLCV 1009/ARCY 1009A:  Introduction to Archaeology II
CLCV 4801A: Ancient Sicily (W)
CLCV 4900B: Directed Reading and Research (W)
LATN 1006A: Introduction to Latin II (W)


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)