University of Arizona

David Christenson

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Department of Classics
Learning Services Building, #203
1512 E. First St.
PO Box 210105
Tucson, AZ 85721-0105

OFFICE: Learning Services Building 220
Telephone: 520-621-5326
Fax: 520-621-3678


Ph.D. Classical Philology, Harvard University
M.A. Classics, University of California at Santa Barbara
A.B. English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

Recent Awards

2013: University of Arizona Graduate College Graduate Education Teaching and Mentoring Award 
2012: University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council Outstanding Mentor of Graduate Students
2011-12: Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship
2008: University of Arizona College of Humanities Humanities Seminars Program Superior Teaching Award
2006: University of Arizona Graduate and Professional Student Council Graduate Student Advisor of the Year

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Theater
  • Republican and Augustan Literature and Culture
  • Ancient Novel
  • Latin Pedagogy

Fall 2013 Courses

  • LAT 421/521 – Latin Literature of the Imperial Age
  • HNRS 195J - Freshman Colloquium ("City v. Country in the Ancient Roman World")

Spring 2014 Courses

  • CLAS 250B – Survey of Latin Literature in Translation
  • LAT 202 - Intermediate Latin II (Vergil's Aeneid)


Selected Refereed Articles, Chapters, Notes, Encyclopedia Entries, and Book Reviews

  • "Metatheatre," in The Cambridge Companion to Roman Comedy, ed. M. Dinter. Cambridge University Press, forthcoming (2014).
  • "A Roman Thesaurus: Religion, Marriage, Metatheater, and Concord in Aulularia," in Plautine Comedy: Plot, Language and Reception, Festschrift in Honor of Professor Dimitrios Raios, ed. E. Karakasis. Walter de Gruyter Trends in Classics Supplementary Volume, forthcoming (2014). 
  • "Ancient Roman Comedy," and "Plautus," in The Encyclopedia of Humor Studies, Gen. ed. S. Attardo. Sage Publications (2014): 1.35-39, 2.575-77.
  • "Eunuchus," in Blackwell's Companion to Terence, eds. A. Augoustakis and A. Traill. Blackwell-Wiley Publishing (2013): 262-80. 
  • Review of A. Sharrock, Reading Roman Comedy (CUP). Phoenix 65 (2012): 430-2. 
  • Review of M. Fontaine, Funny Words in Plautus (OUP). New England Journal of Classics 37.4 (2010): 296-8. 
  • "Unbearding Morality: Appearance and Persuasion in Pro Caelio," Classical Journal 100 (2004): 61-72.
  • "Superbia in Vergil's Aeneid: Who's Haughty and Who's Not?," Scholia 11 (2002): 44-54.
  • Review of K. McCarthy, Slaves, Masters and the Art of Authority in Plautine Comedy (PUP). Classical Review n.s. 52 (2002): 56-8.
  • "Grotesque Realism in Plautus' Amphitruo," Classical Journal 96 (2001): 243-60.
  • "Callinus and militia amoris in Achilles Tatius' Leucippe and Cleitophon," Classical Quarterly n.s. 50 (2000): 631-2. 

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