Classical Studies Faculty

Miriam Pittenger
Miriam Pittenger

Miriam Pittenger

Associate Professor of Classical Studies

(812) 866-7192

pittenger@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor Pittenger has been at Hanover since 2006, having previously taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her main scholarly interests are in ancient history (Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman), historiography, and oratory (especially in Latin). Her book, Contested Triumphs (University of California Press, c. 2008), is a study of politics and story-telling in the Roman historian Livy. But she came to history indirectly from an initial fascination with Classical literature, both prose and poetry, as well as ancient philosophy. As a result, she has a broad range of interests; she teaches courses in ancient history (cross-listed with the History department), in Latin (both Classical and Medieval) and in Greek (both Classical and Koine), as well as ancient civilization courses with the readings in translation.

Education:

Ph.D., M.A., University of California Berkeley; B.A., Yale University
Nick Baechle
Nick Baechle

Nick Baechle

Professor of Classical Studies

(812) 866-6746

baechle@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor Baechle has taught at Hanover since 2001. He is most drawn to ancient literature but is fascinated by almost all aspects of ancient culture. He teaches Greek and Latin language and literature, as well as mythology, cultural history, and literature in translation. His research has focused on the poetic language of Greek tragedy, and he has just finished a textbook introducing tragedy and tragic Greek to students who have not studied tragedy as a distinct kind of theater and who have not read yet gotten the chance to read and appreciate tragic poetry.

Education:

Ph.D., B.A., Yale University
Sean ONeill
Sean ONeill

Sean ONeill

Assistant Professor of Classical Studies

(812) 866-7311

oneill@hanover.edu

Biography:

Professor O'Neill has taught at Hanover since 2011, at which point he became the first field-archaeologist hired by the college. His training in Mediterranean archaeology has been supplemented by focused study in the fields of anthropology, ancient history, and classical philology. His interests are likewise broad and wide-ranging, although he has a particular fondness for Egyptology and for the material culture, art, and history of the Roman provinces. He teaches courses in Mediterranean archaeology (ranging from the Bronze Age to the Byzantine era), literature in translation, and Greek and Latin language and literature. His research explores topics such as visual media among vestiges of material culture in Roman Egypt, the role of numismatic studies in the 21st century, and the forms and application of Roman imperial propaganda.

Education:

B.A. - University of Michigan
M.A., Ph.D. - University of Cincinnati

Teaching Areas / Expertise / Specializations:

Classical Archaeology
Art, Architecture and History of the Roman Provinces
Egyptology
Latin Language and Literature
Ancient Greek Language and Literature

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