Lauren Ginsberg

Lauren Ginsberg

Associate Professor

Blegen Library


A&S Classics - 0226

Professional Summary

Lauren Ginsberg is a philologist who specializes in Roman literature and culture, especially drama, epic, and historiography. She is particularly interested in the intersection of poetry and historiography, both in terms of how poetry seeks to commemorate historical events and how historical works respond to and adapt poetic predecessors; at the center of both strands of inquiry is an interest in how literary works contribute to the broader "cultural memory" of ancient Rome. Her first book, Staging Memory, Staging Strife (OUP 2017) investigates the anonymous historical drama, the Octavia, and the literary strategies through which the play reshaped the memory of Julio-Claudian Rome. For her next project she is turning to Lucan's use of the prose histories that preceded him, in particular the De Bello Civili of Julius Caesar. Her research has been supported by several grants and awards including a Rome Prize from the American Academy of Rome, the Loeb Classical Library Foundation, the Fondation Hardt, and the Mellon Foundation.


Ph.D. in Classics, Brown University Providence, RI, 2011

B.A. in Classics, Cornell University Ithaca, NY, 2003

Research Support

2015 -2016 Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship Completed Type:Fellowship Level:International

2010 -2011 Max-Planck Prize for International Cooperation Memoria Romana Fellowship Completed Type:Fellowship Level:International

2005 -2006 Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies Completed Type:Fellowship Level:International

2015 Fondation Hardt pour l'Étude de l'Antiquitê Classique Junior Research Fellowship (Oct 2015) Completed

2017 -2018 American Academy of Rome Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow Type:Fellowship

Abbreviated Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

L. Ginsberg (2015). Don’t Stand So Close To Me: Antigone’s Pietas in Seneca’s Phoenissae. Transactions of the American Philological Association, 145(1), 199-230.

L. Ginsberg (2013). Wars More than Civil: Memories of Caesar and Pompey in the Octavia. American Journal of Philology, 134(4), 637-74.

L. Ginsberg (2011). Ingens as an etymological pun in the Octavia. Classical Philology, 106(4), 357-60.

L. Ginsberg (2015) “Tragic Rome? Roman Historical Drama and the Genre of Tragedy” in the Brill Companion to Roman Tragedy (G. Harrison, ed): 216-37.

L. Ginsberg (2016) “Jocasta’s Catilinarian Oration (Sen. Phoen. 632-43)” Classical Journal 111.4: 483-94.

L. Ginsberg. (2017). “Ut et Hostem Amarem: Jocasta and the Poetics of Civil War in Seneca’s PhoenissaeRamus 46.1-2: 58-74.


L. Ginsberg (2014). A Companion to the Neronian Age.BMCR,

L. Ginsberg. Review. The Emperor Nero: A Guide to the Ancient Sources. (Princeton, 2016). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.03.09.

Peer Reviewed Conference/Workshop Proceedings

L. Ginsberg (2016) “History as Intertext and Intertext as History in the Octavia’s Popular Riot” in Roman Drama and its Contexts (Trends in Classics Supplementary Volumes n. 34). S. Frangoulidis, S. Harrison, G Manuwald, eds. pp. 417-32.


L. Ginsberg (2017) Staging Memory, Staging Strife: Empire and Civil War in the Octavia. Oxford University Press.

L. Ginsberg and D. Krasne. (2018). After 69: Writing Civil War in Flavian Rome (Trends in Classics Supplementary Volume 65). De Gruyter.

Book Chapter

L. Ginsberg. (2019). “A Tale of Two Waters: Agrippina’s Death in Flavian Poetry” in Campania in the Flavian Poetic Imagination (A. Augoustakis and J. Littlewood, eds). Oxford: 25-41.

Honors and Awards

2018 "First Book Award" from the Classical Association for the Middle West and South (awarded for Staging Memory, Staging Strife) Status:Recipient Level:National

Positions and Work Experience

2012 -2018 Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2011 -2012 Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

2018 - Associate Professor of Classics,

Research and Practice Interests

Roman literature, especially drama, epic, and historiography; cultural memory theory; narratives of civil war (ancient and modern); Roman art and architecture