Dr. Elliott's primary research focuses on c. 2 BCE fragmentary Roman literature, currently the history of Rome written by Cato the elder and the work of the poet Lucilius. Her first major publication focused on Ennius' Annales, a massive epic poem on the Roman past. Today the work survives only via the quotations of later authors, ranging in date from c. 1 BCE - c.8 CE. Its reconstruction is crucial to our accounts of the trajectory of Roman literary history because it is the earliest work of Roman literature to which we have substantial access and because the surviving authors of the tradition (Vergil, Lucretius, Livy, and others) count the poem as foundational to their own work. The areas of interest she has developed in connection with this or other projects include the history and historiography of the Roman Republic, the Greco-Roman epic tradition through Vergil, universal histories, ancient scholarship & reception, editorial activity, and the theory and practice of commentaries.
epic tradition from Homer to Vergil, Republican historiography, transmission of fragmentary texts, Republican and Augustan poetry, theory and practice of commentaries, intertextuality and reception, ancient scholarship
CLAS 4120 - Greek and Roman Tragedy
Intensive study of selected tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Seneca in English translation. No Greek or Latin required. Same as CLAS 5120 and HUMN 4120.
LATN 4024 - Latin Prose Composition
Reviews grammar and syntax. Introduces Latin prose style and composition. Recommended prerequisites: LATN 3014 and LATN 3024. Same as LATN 5024.
LATN 5404 - Special Project: Teaching
Trains students to prepare classroom-ready materials, which are then tested in the students' own classroom. Required of master's candidates (teaching of Latin option). Formerly CLAS 5404.