Peter White

Peter White

Peter White (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1972) is Herman C. Bernick Family Professor in the Department of Classics and the College, and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs. He has written Promised Verse: Poets in the Society of Augustan Rome, for which he won the APA’s Goodwin Award in 1995, Cicero in Letters: Epistolary Relations of the Late Republic, and articles and reviews on Horace, Statius, Martial, the Historia Augusta, and the place of poets in Roman society. His teaching is focused on Roman comedy and satire and on Greek and Roman historiography. He received the Quantrell Teaching Award for 1990.


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Curriculum Vitae

Honors and Awards

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2011/12
  • Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit, American Philological Association, 1995 (for Promised Verse)
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers, 1994/95
  • Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, University of Chicago, 1990
  • American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 1978/79



  • Cicero in Letters: Epistolary Relations of the Late Republic (Oxford and New York, 2010).
  • Promised Verse: Poets in the Society of Augustan Rome (Cambridge, MA, 1993).
  • co-editor, with W. E. Kaegi, Readings in Western Civilization, vol. 2: Rome: Late Republic and Principate (Chicago, 1986).
  • co-editor, with A. W. H. Adkins, Readings in Western Civilization, vol. 1: The Greek Polis (Chicago, 1986).


  • “Bookshops in the Literary Culture of Rome,” in Ancient Literacies: The Culture of Reading in Greece and Rome, ed. W. A. Johnson (Oxford, 2009), pp. 268–87.
  • “Friendship, Patronage, and Horatian Sociopoetics,” in Cambridge Companion to Horace, ed. S. K. Harrison (Cambridge, 2007), pp. 195–206.
  • “Poets in a Changed Regime: Realigning,” in Cambridge Companion to the Augustan Age, ed. G. K. Galinsky (Cambridge, 2005), pp. 321–39.
  • “Tactics in Caesar’s Correspondence with Cicero,” in Caesar Against Liberty?: Papers of the Langford Latin Seminar 11 (2003): 68–95.
  • “Ovid and the Augustan Milieu,” in Brill’s Companion to Ovid, ed. B. W. Boyd (Leiden, 2002), pp. 1–25.
  • “Latin Poets and the Certamen Capitolinum,” in Style and Tradition: Studies in Honor of Wendell Clausen, ed. P. Knox and C. Fox (Stuttgart and Leipzig, 1998) pp. 84–95.
  • “Julius Caesar and the Publication of Acta in Late Republican Rome,” Chiron 27 (1997): 73–84.
  • “Martial and Pre-Publication Texts,” Echos du Monde classique / Classical Views 15 (1996): 397–412.
  • “Postumus, Curtius Postumus, and Rabirius Postumus,” Classical Philology 90 (1995): 151–61.
  • “‘Pompeius Macer’ and Ovid,” Classical Quarterly 42 (1992): 210–18.
  • “Maecenas’ Retirement,” Classical Philology 86 (1991): 130–38.
  • “Julius Caesar in Augustan Rome,” Phoenix 42 (1988): 334–56.
  • “Horace: Epistles 2.1.50–54,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 117 (1987): 227–34.
  • “Positions for Poets in Early Imperial Rome,” in Literary and Artistic Patronage in Ancient Rome, ed. B. K. Gold (Austin, 1982): 50–64.
  • Amicitia and the Profession of Poetry in Early Imperial Rome,” Journal of Roman Studies 68 (1978): 74–92
  • “Horace A.P. 128–30: The Intent of the Wording,” Classical Quarterly 27 (1977): 191–201.
  • “The Friends of Martial, Statius, and Pliny, and the Dispersal of Patronage,” Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 79 (1975): 265–300.
  • “Ecce Iterum Crispinus,” American Journal of Philology 95 (1974): 377–82.
  • “The Presentation and Dedication of the Silvae and the Epigrams,” Journal of Roman Studies 64 (1974): 40–61.
  • “Notes on Two Statian Prosopa,” Classical Philology 68 (1973): 279–84.
  • “Vibius Maximus, the Friend of Statius,” Historia 22 (1973): 295–301.
  • “The Authorship of the Historia Augusta,” Journal of Roman Studies 57 (1967): 115–33.


  • Martial: Select Epigrams (L. and P. Watson), New England Classical Journal 31 (2004): 446–49.
  • The Making of a Christian Aristocracy: Social and Religious Change in the Western Roman Empire (M. R. Salzman), The Journal of Religion 83 (2003) 456–58.
  • Il talamo, l’albero e lo specchio: Saggio di commento a Stat. Silv. I.2, II.3, III.4 (O. Pederzani), Gnomon 70 (1998): 710–11.
  • Statius and the Silvae: Poets, Patrons and Epideixis in the Graeco-Roman World (A. Hardie), Phoenix 39 (1986): 408–10.
  • A Commentary on Book One of the Epigrams of Martial (P. Howell), Classical Journal 80 (1985): 263–65.
  • Tacitus (R. Martin), Classical Journal 78 (1983): 268–70.
  • The Sources of the Historia Augusta (T. D. Barnes), Phoenix 34 (1980): 270–76.
  • Emperors and Biography: Studies in the Historia Augusta (R. Syme), American Historical Review 67 (1972): 1101–2.
  • Kommentar zur VI. Satire des A. Persius Flaccus (H. Beikircher), Classical Philology 67 (1972): 59–61.
  • Tacite (J.-L. Laugier), Classical Philology 66 (1971): 142–43.
  • Iunctura Callidus Acri: A Study of Persius (C. S. Dessen), Classical Philology 65 (1970): 140–41.

Most Recent Courses Taught

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