Christina Kraus

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Acting Chair, NELC. Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin
101 Phelps Hall
Christina Kraus is the Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin at Yale University and the Acting Chair of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. After receiving her BA from Princeton and PhD from Harvard, she taught at NYU, UCL, and Oxford before coming to Yale in the summer of 2004. She has research interests in ancient historiography, Latin prose style, and the theory and practice of commentaries.

A member of the program in Renaissance Studies, she serves on the advisory boards of Brill’s Historiography of Rome and Its Empire and of Trends in Classics (de Gruyter), and was a co-founder of the Yale Initiative for the Study of Antiquity and the Premodern world (now ARCHAIA). She gave the 2009 Martin Classical Lectures at Oberlin College on the topic, “Tacitean polyphonies: The Agricola and its scholarly reception.” She has recently published (with C.A. Stray) Classical Commentaries: Explorations in a Scholarly Genre (Oxford 2016) and is working on a project on the narratives of Livy Book 5.


Latin language and literature.


Latin historiography, historical narrative, commentaries and the theory of commentary; Caesar, Livy, Tacitus.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Classical commentaries: Explorations in a scholarly genre, edited with C.A. Stray (OUP 2016)
  • ‘Long ago and far away: Agricola as old time hero’ for Valuing the past in the Greco-Roman world, ed. J. Ker & C. Pieper (Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII), Leiden 2014
  • ‘Is “Historia” a genre?,’ in Generic Interfaces: Encounters, Interactions and Transformations in Latin Literature, ed. S. Frangoulidis (Trends in Classics Suppl. 2013)
  • A commentary on Tacitus, Agricola, ed. A. J. Woodman, contributions (CGLC, 2014)
  • ‘The language of Latin historiography,’ in the Blackwell Companion to the Latin Language, ed. J. Clackson (Blackwell 2011)
  • ‘Speech and Silence in Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum,’ in Berry and Erskine, ed., Form and Function in Roman Oratory (CUP 2010; also published in German in Acting with Words, ed. Fuhrer and Nelis, Winter 2010)
  • ‘Divide and conquer: Caesar, BG 7’ in Ancient historiography and its contexts, ed. with J. Marincola and C. Pelling (OUP 2010)
  • ‘Historiography and Biography’, in Oxford handbook of Roman studies, ed. A. Barchiesi and W. Scheidel (Oxford 2010)
  • ‘The Tiberian hexad,’ in Cambridge companion to Tacitus, ed. A. J. Woodman, CUP 2010
  • Oxford readings in Classical Subjects: Livy, co-edited with J. D. Chaplin. OUP 2009