Miriam Pittenger

Professor of Classical Studies


Miriam Pittenger


– Argument & Persuasion in Antiquity
– Medical Terminology
– The Writing of History
– Ancient Comedy and Tragedy
– Alexander & the Hellenistic World
– Greek History
– Roman History
– Latin Poetry
– Introduction to Classical Latin I & II
– Intermediate Latin II
– Beginning Classical Greek II

Learn more about Dr. Pittenger

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.

She is also a classically trained musician, having studied both piano and voice for many years, with a lifetime of choral and solo performance, not to say opera and concert-going, behind her. 


B.A. in classics, Yale University

M.A. in greek, University of California – Berkeley

Ph.D. in classics, University of California – Berkeley