Michèle Lowrie

Michele Lowrie

Michèle Lowrie (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1990) is Professor in the Department of Classics and the College. Her work focuses on Roman culture and literature, with interests in politics and reception. She has published Horace’s Narrative Odes(1997) and Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome (2009). She has also co-edited with Sarah Spence The Aesthetics of Empire and the Reception of Vergil (a special issue ofLiterary Imagination 8.3, 2006) and edited Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Horace’s Odes and Epodes (projected publication date September 2009). Future projects include work on the idea of security at Rome, the exemplum in stories about foundation and state violence during the collapse of the Roman Republic, and more generally on representations of the law in Roman literature.


Department of Classics
1115 E. 58th St
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office: Wieboldt 125
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email: mlowrie@uchicago.edu

Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • Senior fellow, University of Konstanz, Research Center “Cultural Theory and Theory of the Political Imaginary,” 2010–11
  • Visiting professor, University of Konstanz, Research Center “Cultural Theory and Theory of the Political Imaginary,” July 2008
  • Visiting research professor, Warburg-Haus, Hamburg, fall 2005
  • Burkhardt Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies, 2000–1.
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, 2000–1.
  • Presidential Fellowship, New York University, spring 1994.
  • Danforth Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University: 1988, 1989.
  • Translation prizes in Latin, Yale University 1981, 1983, 1984.



  • Writing, Performance, and Authority in Augustan Rome, Oxford University Press 2009.
  • Horace’s Narrative Odes, Oxford University Press 1997.
    • Reviews: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 6.11 (1998), Greece and Rome (1998) 241–2, Classical Outlook 76 (1998–99) 151–3, Classical Review 49 (1999) 50–2, Classical Philology 94 (1999) 234–8, Journal of Roman Studies 89 (1999) 241–2, Religious Studies Review 25 (1999) 94, American Journal of Philology 121 (2000) 490–3

Edited Volumes

  • Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Horace’s Odes and Epodes, edited anthology of articles, Oxford University Press 2009.
  • The Aesthetics of Empire and the Reception of Vergil, special volume co-edited with Sarah Spence, Literary Imagination 8.3 (2006)


  • “Divided Voices and Imperial Identity in Propertius 4.1 and Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other and Politics of Friendship”, Dictynna 8 (2011) at http://dictynna.revues.org/711 (56 paragraphs; posted 25 October, 2011)
  • “Spurius Maelius: Homo Sacer and Dictatorship”, in Brian Breed, Cynthia Damon, Andreola Rossi (eds.) Citizens of Discord: Rome and its Civil Wars, Oxford University Press 2010: 171–86.
  • “Performance,” for Oxford Handbook of Roman Studies, edd. Alessandro Barchiesi and Walter Scheidel, Oxford (2010) 281–94.
  • “Vergil and Founding Violence” (2005). Reprinted in shortened form in Blackwell’s Companion to Virgil and the Vergilian Tradition, eds. Joseph Farrell and Michael C. J. Putnam 2010: 391–403.
  • “Horace, Odes 4,” article for A Companion to Horace, ed. Gregson Davis, Blackwell 2010: 210–30.
  • “Refoundation already at Rome”, translated into German as “Rom immer wieder gegründet,” volume Übertragene Anfänge: Imperiale Figurationen um 1800, eds. Tobias Döring, Barbara Vinken, and Günter Zöller. Wilhelm Fink 2010: 23–49.
  • “Horace” and “Lyric, Latin,” Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Michael Gagarin, Oxford University Press 2009
  • “Cornelia’s Exemplum: Form and Ideology in Propertius 4.11,” in G. Liveley and P. Salzman-Mitchell, eds., Latin Elegy and Narrativity: Fragments of Story. Columbus (2008) 165–79
  • “Cicero on Caesar or Exemplum and Inability in the Brutus”, in Vom Selbst-Verständnis in Antike und Neuzeit; Notions of the Self in Antiquity and Beyond, eds. Alexander Arweiler and Melanie Möller, Walter de Gruyter (2008) 131–54
  • “Evidence and Narrative in Mérimée’s Catilinarian ConspiracyNew German Critique 103 (2008) 9–25
  • “Vergil’s Aeneis: Gründung und Gewalt,” Vorträge aus dem Warburg-Haus 10 (2007) 81–108, shortened German translation of “Vergil and Founding Violence” (2005)
  • “Making an Exemplum of Yourself: Cicero and Augustus,” Classical Constructions. Papers in Memory of Don Fowler, Classicist and Epicurean, ed. S. J. Heyworth, with P. G. Fowler, and S. J. Harrison, Oxford University Press (2007) 91–112
    Reviewed: John Henderson, in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2008.04.35
  • “Sovereignty before the Law: Agamben and the Roman Republic,” Law and Humanities 1 (2007) 31–55
  • “Horace and Augustus,” Cambridge Companion to Horace, ed. S. J. Harrison, Cambridge University Press (2007) 77–89
  • Hic and absence in Catullus 68,” CP 101 (2006) 115–32
  • “Slander and Horse Law in Horace, Sermones 2.1,” Law and Literature (2005) 17: 405–31
  • “Reading and the Law in Ovid, Tristia 2,” in E. Horn, B. Menke, and C. Menke (eds.) Literatur als Philosophie – Philosophie als Literatur (Munich, 2006) 333–46
  • “Vergil and Founding Violence,” Cardozo Law Review 25 (2005) 945–76
  • “Inside out: in defense of form,” TAPA 135 (2005) 35–48
  • “Blanchot and the Death of Virgil,” Materiali e Discussioni 52 (2004) 211–25, volume in honor of Michael C. J. Putnam, edited by Glenn W. Most and Sarah Spence.
  • “Rome: City and Empire,” CW 97 (2003) 57–68
  • “Beyond Performance Envy: Horace and the Modern in the Epistle to Augustus”, Rethymnon Classical Studies 1 (2002) 141–71.
  • “Horace, Cicero, and Augustus, or the Poet Statesman at Epistles 2.1.265,” in Traditions and Contexts in Horace, ed. Denis Feeney and Tony Woodman, (Cambridge University Press, 2002) 158–71, 237–43.
  • “Literature is a Latin word,” response paper, Vergilius 2001 (47) 29–38
  • Spleen and the Monumentum: Memory in Horace and Baudelaire,” Comparative Literature 49 (1997) 42–58.
  • “A Parade of Lyric Predecessors, Horace Odes 1.12–18,” Phoenix 49 (1995) 33–48.
  • “Lyric’s Elegos and the Aristotelian Mean: Horace Odes 1.24, 1.33, 2.9,” Classical World 87 (1994) 377–94 (solicited contribution to a special issue on Horace).
  • “Myrrha’s Second Taboo, Ovid Metamorphoses 10.467–8,” Classical Philology 88 (1993) 50–2.
  • “A Sympotic Achilles, Horace Epode 13,” American Journal of Philology 113 (1992) 413–33.

Review Articles

  • “Elegy and Subjectivity in the Transition to Empire,” review article of Paul Allen Miller, Subjecting Verses: Latin Love Elegy and the Emergence of the Real (Princeton 2004), International Journal of the Classical Tradition (2005) 108–16
  • “Nisbet and Rudd, or Ambiguity in Horace’s Odes,” Review Article of R.G. M. Nisbet and N. Rudd, A Commentary on Horace, Odes, Book III. Oxford (2004), in New England Classical Journal 32.4 (2005) 329–39
  • Review Article of Michael C. J. Putnam, Virgil’s Epic Designs: Ekphrasis in the Aeneid (Yale 1998), in Vergilius (1999)
  • Review Article of Ronnie Ancona, Time and the Erotic in Horace’s Odes, S. J. Harrison (ed.), Homage to Horace, Helmut Krasser, Horazische Denkfiguren, R. O. A. M. Lyne, Horace: Behind the Public Poetry, and David West, Horace Odes I: Carpe Diem, for Classical Journal 92 (1997) 295–301.

Short Reviews and Abstracts

  • Review of L. B. T. Houghton and M. Wyke (eds.), Perceptions of Horace: A Roman Poet and His Readers, Cambridge 2009 for Journal of Roman Studies 101 (2011) 281-2
  • Review of Harriet Flower, Roman Republics, Princeton 2010 for Classical Philology 106 (2011) 83–7
  • Review of Ellen Oliensis, Freud at Rome, Cambrige 2010 for Vergilius 56 (2010) 80–3
  • Review of Niklas Holzberg, Horaz (Munich 2009), Gnomon 82 (2010) 161–2
  • Review of Sander M. Goldberg, Constructing Literature in the Roman Republic (Cambridge 2005) Classical Philology 102 (2007) 412–16 [out in 2008]
  • Review of Lindsay Watson, A Commentary on Horace’s Epodes (Oxford 2003) Classical Review 55 (2005) 628–30
  • Review of Thomas Habinek, The World of Roman Song: From Ritualized Speech to Social Order (Baltimore 2005), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2006.04.34 (5555 words)
  • Review of Randall McNeill, Horace. Image, Identity, and Audience (Baltimore 2001), Electronic Antiquity 8.1 (2004) 39–43. http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/ElAnt/V8N1/McNeill.pdf
  • Review of Michael C. J. Putnam, Horace’s Carmen Saeculare: Ritual Magic and the Poet’s Art (New Haven 2000) Classical World 96.2 (2003) 226–7
  • Review of Micaela Janan, The Politics of Desire: Propertius IV (Berkeley 2001) for Classical Review 52 (2002) 63–5
  • Review of Phoebe Lowell Bowditch, Horace and the Gift Economy of Patronage (Berkeley 2001) for AJP 123 (2002) 305–8
  • Review of Alessandro Barchiesi, Speaking Volumes: Narrative and intertext in Ovid and other Latin poets, ed. and trans. by M. Fox and S. Marchesi (London 2001), for BMCR 2002.06.38 (6 pages).
  • Review of Don Fowler, Roman Constructions: Readings in Postmodern Latin (Oxford 2000), in Classical World 93 (2000) 633–4.
  • Review of Ellen Oliensis, Horace and the Rhetoric of Authority (Cambridge 1998), in Classical Review 50 (2000) 49–50.
  • Review of David West, Horaces Odes II: Vatis amici (New York 1998) in Religious Studies Review 26 (2000) 82.
  • Review of Horace, l’oeuvre et les imitations: un siècle d’interprétation, ed. Walther Ludwig (Vandoeuvres 1993), in Classical Review 49 (1999) 386–8.
  • Review of Stephen Hinds, Allusion and Intertext: Dynamics of Appropriation in Roman Poetry, in Classical World 92 (1999) 384–5.
  • Review of Ronnie Ancona, Time and the Erotic in Horace’s Odes, Classical Review 47 (1997) 205–6.
  • Review of David West, Horace Odes I: Carpe Diem, Vergilius 42 (1997)148–51.
  • Abstract “Stop Making Sense: Horace, C. 3.27,” APA Abstracts (1995) 129.
  • Review of A. Schiesaro, P. Mitsis, J. Strauss Clay (edd.), Mega nepios. Il destinatario nell’epos didascalico. The Addressee in Didactic Epic (Materiali e discussioni 31, Pisa 1994), in Byrn Mawr Classical Review 6.4 (1995) 328–32.
  • Review of Kirk Freudenburg, The Walking Muse, Horace’s Theory of Satire (Princeton 1993), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 4.3 (1993) 166–70.
  • Abstract “Logocentrism in Horace, C. 1.6,” APA Abstracts (1993) 73.
  • Review of Lowell Edmunds, The Sabine Jar, Reading Horace C. 1.9 (Chapel Hill 1992) in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 3.4 (1992) 260–5.
  • Review of Gregson Davis, Polyhymnia, The Rhetoric of Horatian Lyric Discourse (Berkeley, Los Angeles and Oxford 1991), in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2.7 (1991) 417–22.

Forthcoming (accepted, turned in, or in proof)

  • “‘The Last Happy Day’: Filmmaker Lynne Sachs on Alexander Lenard”, in Amphora.
  • “Foundation and Closure”, volume on False Closure, ed. Farouk Grewing.

In Progress

  • Consequential Narratives: Foundation and State Violence from Cicero to Augustus
  • From Safety to Security: Transitions in Roman Literature and Political Thought
  • “Irony and Imitation: Tom Jones reads Horace”
  • Wars More or Less Civil: A History of the Social Bond and its Figuration, co-authored with Barbara Vinken

Most Recent Courses Taught

  • Accelerated Introductory Latin
  • Caesar and his Reception
  • Security in Latin Literature
  • Greek Thought and Literature