Katharina Volk

  • Classics

Latin Literature and Philosophy; Intellectual History

Katharina Volk, Professor of Classics and recipient of the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award (2010-11), holds an M.A. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (1994) and a Ph.D. from Princeton University (1999) and has been teaching at Columbia since 2002. A Latinist specializing in the literature of the late Republic and early Empire, she has a particular interest in intellectual history, Roman philosophy, and the social construction of knowledge.

Professor Volk is the author of The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius (Oxford 2002), Manilius and his Intellectual Background (Oxford 2009; recipient of the 2010 Lionel Trilling Book Award), and Ovid (Malden, MA 2010). Her many articles range in topic from Homeric formula and Aratean letter play to Ciceronian poetry, Ovidian time, Senecan dramaturgy, and beyond. Her latest book publication is Roman Reflections: Studies in Latin Philosophy, a volume of essays co-edited with Gareth D. Williams (Oxford University Press 2015). Professor Volk’s current research project, which she expects will keep her for many years, concerns the politics and sociology of knowledge in late Republican Rome. Katharina Volk webpage.