I am interested in the pragmatics and sociolinguistics of the Latin and Greek
languages. In other words, I ask how context -- identity of speaker and addressee, their
relationship (familial, friendship, master-slave, etc.) to each other -- affected what
speakers of Latin said, and how they said it. Ancient Drama proves to be very useful in
answering this question, since it to some extent reflects the spoken language, and
features characters of various social statuses interacting with each other. 

Several publications deal with the issues set out in the preceding paragraph, as does my
monograph, "Linguistic Interaction in Roman Comedy" (Cambridge UP,
forthcoming). With Giada Sorrentino (Ph.D. Univ. of Freiburg), I am working on a book
that deals with the same questions for Attic Greek, entitled, provisionally, "Power,
Gender and Status in Menander." 

My interests also include puns in Plautus, on which I have published a couple of
articles, reception of the Classics in renaissance and modern literature, Latin pedagogy,
Greek and Roman drama and epic, and Latin poetry of all periods. 

I maintain an active interest in spoken Latin as co-organizer of the Conventiculum
Bostoniense; check out what we do at http://conventiculum.org. In line with this
interest, I like to (try to) write Latin verse in my abundant spare time ;). Youʻre
welcome to check out my Latin poetry blog, which I've updated now and again since
2006: http://citharistes.blogspot.com (comments always welcome!). 



Tyndarus’ Bilingual Pun and the Ambiguities of Plautus’ Captivi. (Accepted; Pub. Year Tentative), Classical Philology (2017)

The article argues for a bilingual (Greek/Latin) pun at Plautus' Captivi 229-230, spoken by the...

Noli+Infinitive in Roman Comedy (forthcoming), Glotta (2016)

ABSTRACT: The article argues that the noli facere type is polite in Plautus, but not...

Bilingual Pun and Epic Allusion in Aulularia (Plautus Aulularia 394-397, 736) (Forthcoming, Pub. Year Tentative), Quaderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica (2015)

ABSTRACT: I argue for a bilingual pun (liberos~ τόκος) at Aulularia 736, and defend an...

The Volo Command in Roman Comedy, Mnemosyne Forthcoming (pub. year tentative) (2015)

ABSTRACT: The article is based on a complete data set of all volo commands in...



Of Calves and (Old) Men: A Pun at Epidicus 187 and 666, Mnemosyne (2014)

ABSTRACT: The article argues for a pun in two passages in the Roman comedian Plautus'...




Review of Manuwald, Gesine (2011) Roman Republican Theatre (Cambridge: Cambridge UK), Classical Review (2013)

Review of Gesine Manuwald's Roman Republican Theatre



Review of Gesine Manuwald, Roman Drama: A Reader. London: Duckworth, 2010., Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2011)

A review of Gesine Manuwald's anthology of Roman dramatic texts.


Working Papers

Menander's Misoumenos and Catullus (2016)

ABSTRACT: In this piece, I argue that Catullus alludes to some verses from Misoumenos in...


Creative Work


Citharistes -- Latin Poetry Blog (2006)

Latin Poetry Blog sporadically updated by author since 2006.