Katharina Volk

Professor of Classics

Columbia University

Katharina Volk, Professor of Classics and recipient of the Distinguished Columbia Faculty Award (2010-11), holds an M.A. from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich (1994) and a Ph.D. from Princeton University (1999) and has been teaching at Columbia since 2002.  A Latinist specializing in the literature of the late Republic and early Empire, she has a particular interest in intellectual history, Roman philosophy, and the social construction of knowledge.  Volk is the author of The Poetics of Latin Didactic: Lucretius, Vergil, Ovid, Manilius (Oxford 2002), Manilius and his Intellectual Background (Oxford 2009; recipient of the 2010 Lionel Trilling Book Award), andOvid (Malden, MA 2010).  Her many articles range in topic from Homeric formula and Aratean letter play to Ciceronian poetry, Ovidian time, Senecan dramaturgy, Varronian (dis)order, and beyond.  Volk's current project concerns the sociology of knowledge in late Republican Rome and aims to elucidate the interplay of political and intellectual activities on the part of the Roman elite in a time of civil conflict.