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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 PA
Website:Visit Professor Hawkins' Website


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)


GREK 3900/4900 Fall Plato’s Crito, Winter Sophocles’ Antigone

Some Publications


Studies in the Language of Hipponax, Hempen Verlag, 2013.


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


“Archilochus 222W and 39W: Allusion and Reception, Hesiod and Catullus,” forthcoming in Philologus 2017.

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

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

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

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

“Greek and Anatolian Languages in the Archaic and Classical Ages,” in A Companion to the Ancient Greek Language, ed. Egbert Bakker, 213-227. Wiley Blackwell, 2010.

“IvE 106: oreioguadon kai enedras,” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 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.