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Michael Shane Butler

Claudia Cohen Hall 201

My principal areas of research and teaching include Latin literature from antiquity through the Renaissance, the history of writing (including paleography and codicology), the reception of antiquity (aka "the classical tradition"), and the history and topography of the city of Rome.

I received my B.A. in Classical Studies from Duke University, and my M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. (2000) in Classical Studies from Columbia University.

My first book, The Hand of Cicero (Routledge 2002), examines the relationship between Roman oratory and the written word. I presently am at work on two books: an edition and translation of the letters of the Renaissance humanist Angelo Poliziano for Harvard University Press (The I Tatti Renaissance Library) and Latin Decomposition: Poetry and Plague from Lucretius to Fracastoro.

Courses Taught

fall 2004

ENGL 231.401 Ovid and His Consequences  

spring 2003

ENGL 330.401 Ovid and the Consequences