Christopher Londa is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Classics at Yale University. His research examines the material and social conditions of authorship in the Roman world. For his dissertation, Christopher is investigating the work, lives, and afterlives of paraliterary laborers, individuals like grammarians, clerks, and secretaries whose efforts were crucial to the production of literary texts and the construction of their larger-than-life authors.
Christopher’s interests also extend to classical receptions and the history of classical scholarship, especially in Germany and the United States. Ongoing projects include studies of Johann Joachim Winckelmann, Emily Dickinson, and the Spoon River Anthology of Edgar Lee Masters.
As a recipient of a DAAD Study Scholarship, Christopher earned an M.A. in Classical Philology from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, writing hisMasterarbeit on the spatial and discursive prominence of the sea and seafaring in Horace’s Odes. He holds a B.A. in Classics from Harvard College, where his honors thesis examined the ethical valence of shadows in Vergil’s Eclogues and Georgics.