Department of ClassicsUniversity of Cincinnati
Department of Classics

Lauren    Ginsberg 

Title:  Assistant Professor
Office:  501  Blegen Library
Tel: 513-556-2636
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Lauren Ginsberg is a philologist with wide interests across Greek and Latin literature, especially in Roman drama, epic, and historiography. She is especially 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. Her current work focuses on Roman narratives of civil war and the textual strategies used by authors to commemorate and to make aesthetically pleasing events which Rome often considered best forgotten. Her work also engages with various theories of cultural memory.


  • 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.



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

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

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2012 to Present,  Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.
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