Christina Kraus

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Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin; member, Program in Medieval Studies and Program in Renaissance Studies
101 Phelps Hall

Christina Shuttleworth Kraus is the Thomas A. Thacher Professor of Latin. 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 Executive Committee for the Program in Renaissance Studies and of the program committee of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, she currently serves on the advisory boards of Brill’s Historiography of Rome and Its Empire and is a member of the Commission Scientifique of the Fondation Hardt. She 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 most recently published (with C.A. Stray) Classical Commentaries: Explorations in a Scholarly Genre (Oxford 2016) and (with Marco Formisano) Marginality Canonicity Passion (Oxford 2018), 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

  • ‘Altera Roma: The case of Veii’; in Urban disasters and the Roman imagination, edd. V. Closs and E.E. Keitel; supplementary volume, Trends in Classics, de Gruyter 2020
  • ‘Commenting on the Annales: Steuart, Skutsch, and Ennius,’ in Ennius’ Annales: Poetry and History, edd. J. Farrell and C. Damon, CUP 2020
  • Fabula and history in Livy’s narrative of the capture of Veii,’ in Historical consciousness and uses of the past in the ancient world, ed. J. Baines et al., Equinox 2019
  • Marginality, canonicity, passion, edited with Marco Formisano (OUP 2018)
  • Classical commentaries: Explorations in a scholarly genre, edited with C.A. Stray (OUP 2016)
  • ‘Long ago and far away: The uses of the past in Tacitus’ minora’ for Valuing the past in the Greco-Roman world, ed. J. Ker & C. Pieper (Penn-Leiden Colloquia on Ancient Values VII), Leiden 2014
  • A commentary on Tacitus, Agricola, ed. A. J. Woodman, contributions (CGLC, 2014)
  • ‘Is “Historia” a genre?,’ in Generic Interfaces: Encounters, Interactions and Transformations in Latin Literature, ed. S. Frangoulidis (Trends in Classics Suppl. 2013)
  • ‘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 D. Berry and A. Erskine, ed., Form and Function in Roman Oratory (CUP 2010; also published in German in Acting with Words, ed. T. Fuhrer and D. 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

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