Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Lauren    Ginsberg 

Title:  Associate Professor
Office:  501  Blegen Library
Tel: 513-556-2636
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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 Information

Research Interests

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

Research Support

  • Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship.  2015 to 2016. Status: Completed.
  • Memoria Romana Fellowship, Max-Planck Prize for International Cooperation.  2010 to 2011. Status: Completed.
  • Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.  2005 to 2006. Status: Completed.
  • Junior Research Fellowship (Oct 2015), Fondation Hardt pour l'Étude de l'Antiquitê Classique.  2015 Status: Completed.
  • Andrew Heiskell Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow, American Academy of Rome.  2017 to 2018.



  • 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.

Articles & Book Chapters

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


  • 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.

Honors & Awards

  • "First Book Award" from the Classical Association for the Middle West and South, 2018.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

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