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Nancy J. Shumate

Professor of Classical Languages & Literatures and Department Chair, Classical Languages & Literatures


Wright Hall 235


Nancy Shumate teaches classes in Latin and Greek language and literature as well as several courses on classical literature and culture in translation. Her main area of interest is the literature and culture of the early empire, including Roman satire and the Roman novel. In addition to her books, she has published articles and book chapters on various aspects of Latin literature and Roman culture. Her current interest is in the ideological uses of contrasts between country and city.

Selected Publications

Crisis and Conversion in Apuleius' Metamorphoses. University of Michigan Press, 1996.

Nation, Empire, Decline: Five Studies in Rhetorical Continuity From the Romans to the Modern Era. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2006.

Office Hours

Spring 2024

Tuesday 4-5 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m.-noon, 
and by appointment


Ph.D., M.A., Harvard University
B.A., Indiana University