Faculty & Staff

Stephanie McCarter

Associate Professor of Classical Languages
B.A., University of Tennessee at Knoxville; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia


Stephanie McCarter has taught at Sewanee since 2008. She received a BA in Classics and English from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2000 and an MA (2002) and PhD (2007) in Classics from the University of Virginia. At Sewanee she teaches Greek and Latin courses at all levels as well as courses in translation, and she is active in Sewanee’s interdisciplinary Humanities program.  

Her research tends to center on the Latin poetry of the early Roman Empire, especially in relation to its philosophical and historical contexts. She also has research and teaching interests in women, gender and sexuality in Greco-Roman antiquity. She is the author of Horace between Freedom and Slavery: The First Book of Epistles and is currently working on a translation of Horace's Odes and Epodes. She additionally enjoys writing on Classics for non-academic audiences and has had essays appear in online venues such as EidolonLiterary Hub, and The Millions

Stephanie McCarter @ Wordpress (personal website)



o   In Progress: A translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. Under contract with Penguin Classics.

o   In Progress: A translation of Horace’s lyric poetry (Working Title: Horace’s Epodes and Odes). Under contract with the University of Oklahoma Press.

o   Horace between Freedom and Slavery: Horace’s First Book of Epistles.  The University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, 2015).


Peer-Reviewed Articles:

o    “Vergil’s Funny Honey: The Function of Humor in the Georgics.” Classical Philology 114 (2019) 1-19.

o    Fecitne Viriliter?: Patronage, Erotics, and Masculinity in Horace, Epistles 1.” American Journal of Philology 139 (2018) 675-709.

o   “Horace's Epistles and Ars Poetica.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Edited by Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press (2017).

o    “The Forging of a God: Venus, the Shield of Aeneas, and Callimachus’ Hymn to Artemis.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142 (2012) 353-79.

o   Maior Post Otia Virtus: Public and Private in Statius’ Silvae 3.5 and 4.4.”  Classical Journal 107 (2012) 451-82. 


Classics-Related Writing:

"Archilochus, Fragment 67a." The Brooklyn Rail (InTranslation), November 1, 2018.

o "Rape, Lost in Translation.Electric Literature, May 1, 2018.

o "The Bad Wives: Misogyny's Age-Old Roots in the HomeEidolon (April 9. 2018)

o “Pygmalion President: Trump and the Ancient Myth of the Perfect Woman.” The Millions (February 6, 2018).

o “Is Homer's Calypso a Feminist Icon or a Rapist?” Electric LitJanuary 30, 2018.

o “Reimagining Antigone for the Age of Extremism: A Conversation with Kamila Shamsie.” EidolonDecember 11, 2017.

o  The Flight of Icarus.” Gucci Stories, November 30, 2017. 

o “Can A Middle-Aged Woman Seize the Day?” EidolonOctober 23, 2017.

o “From Penelope to Pussyhats, the Ancient Origins of Feminist Craftivism.” Literary Hub, June 7, 2017.

o “Between the Ancient World and Me: Modes of Defiance in Ta-Nehisi Coates, Sophocles, and Plato.” Eidolon, February 23, 2017.

o “Elena Ferrante’s Vergil: Rewriting the Aeneid in the Neapolitan Novels.” Eidolon, November 17, 2016.

o “Aeneas, My Grandfather, and the Memory of War.” The Millions, August 3, 2016.



o   S. Harrison, ed. Horace: Odes II. (Cambridge, 2017). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.10.31.

o   P. Bather and C. Stocks, eds., Horace’s Epodes: Context, Intertexts, and Reception (Oxford, 2016). CJ-Online 2016.12.01. Selected for print in Classical Journal 112 (2017): 504-507. 




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