Peter White

Biography and Interests: 

Peter White 

Title: Herman C. Bernick Family Professor in Classics and the College 
Education: B.A. Boston College 1963, Ph.D. Harvard University 1972
Office: Classics 25A 
Areas of Specialization: Roman oratory, comedy, satire, epistolary collections, Augustine

Peter White’s research has explored various aspects of the relationship between Roman social life and literary production, including social networks, book dedications, booksellers, and poetry contests.  He is currently preparing a commentary on books 5-9 of Augustine’s Confessions.


  • Cicero in Letters: Epistolary Relations of the Late Republic (Oxford and New York, 2010).
  • Promised Verse: Poets in the Society of Augustan Rome (Cambridge, Mass., 1993).

Recent Articles:

  • "Ovid and the Augustan Milieu," in Brill's Companion to Ovid, ed. B. W. Boyd (Leiden, 2002), pp. 1-25.
  • "Tactics in Caesar's Correspondence with Cicero," in Caesar Against Liberty?: Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 11 (2003): pp. 68-95.
  • "Poets in a Changed Regime: Realigning," in Cambridge Companion to the Age of Augustus, ed. G. K. Galinsky (Cambridge, 2005), pp. 321-39 .
  • "Friendship, Patronage, and Horatian Sociopoetics," in Cambridge Companion to Horace, ed. S. K. Harrison (Cambridge, 2007), pp. 195-206.
  • "Bookshops in the Literary Culture of Rome," in Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome, ed. W. A. Johnson and H. N. Parker (Oxford, 2009), pp. 268-287.


  • Intermediate Latin
  • Human Being and Citizen
  • Augustine’ Confessions
  • Cicero’s Orations
  • Latin Literature Survey III
  • Accelerated Introductory Latin
  • Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy