Mark Wright

Mark Wright

Mark Wright



  • Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies 2006
  • B.A. Classics, College of the Holy Cross (cum laude) 2007
  • M.A. Classics, The Ohio State University 2008
  • PhD Classics, The Ohio State University 2014

Personal Statements

What then is truth? A movable host of metaphors, metonymies, and anthropomorphisms: in short, a sum of human relations which have been poetically and rhetorically intensified, transferred, and embellished, and which, after long usage, seem to a people to be fixed, canonical, and binding.--Friedrich Nietzsche, On Truth and Lying in a Non-Moral Sense, 1873

My research focuses primarily Roman historiography. I am interested in how Romans understood the process of history as well as the use and stakes of writing history and living history, especially in times of civil discord. I also do work in Roman satire, Cicero, and Hellenistic poetry.

Research Interests

  • Greek and Roman Historiography
  • Cicero
  • Augustan Culture
  • Roman Satire
  • Classics and Early America


"The Liber Amicus: Studies in Horace Sermones I"

Advisor: William W. Batstone

Readers: Julia Nelson-Hawkins and Richard Fletcher


(2012) Translation of Libanios Oration 9: On the Kalends in Archiv für Religionsgeschicte 13

(2015) "A Disquiet Follows My Soul: Civil War in Livy Book I" in L. Fratantuono and M. English (eds) Pushing the Boundaries of Historia.  Routledge.

M. Tulli Ciceronis Divinatio In Caecilum: Prolegomena, Text and Commentary (With Corey Hackworth). In preparation

Papers and Lectures

"Et nos ergo manum ferulae subduximus: An allusive trope in Roman Satire"- Classical Association of New England Conference, 2007

"Hunting for Wolves: Targets of Invective in Archilochus, Lucilius and Horace"-Delivered at the Iambos Colloquium, the Ohio State University, 2007

"Whose Tradition? Appropriation of Mos Maiorum in the Res Gestae"-Classical Association of New England Conference, 2008

"Caedens dicere verum: Juvenal's Vergilian intertexts and Domitian"- Classical Association of New England Conference, 2009

"What is Classics: Holy Cross and Beyond:--College of the Holy Cross, 2009

"A Disquiet Follows My Soul: Civil War in Livy's First Book"--Classical Association of New England Conference, 2010

"Caesar's historical sense: Living with and in history in the Bellum Civile"--Classical Association of New England Conference, 2011

"History after Actium: Sallust, Livy and Vergil's Metahistory" --The Ohio State University, 2011

"Horace, Exemplarity and Moral Self-Pedagogy"--College of the Holy Cross 2012

"Juvenal 2: Satire, Medicine and History"--Classical Association of the Mid-West and South Annual Conference, 2015

Courses Taught

  • Medical Terminology 
  • Classical Mythology (Teaching Assistant and Head TA)
  • Latin 101/1101
  • Latin 102/1102
  • Latin 103/1103
  • Latin 104 
  • Classical Mythology Honors
  • Classical Mythology 
  • Intensive Introduction to Latin 
  • Intensive Intermediate Latin 
  • Cicero
  • Latin Lyric: Catullus and Horace
  • Roman Historians: Sallust
  • Classical Literature (TA)
  • Ancient Medicine (TA)
  • Ancient Sports and Spectacle (TA) 
  • OSU Latin Workshop (TA)
  • Roman Civilization