John Svarlien

Professor of Classics

John Svarlien teaches courses in Latin and ancient Greek, literature, mythology, gender and sexuality, and other aspects of the cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. He also teaches in Transylvania’s core courses.

Svarlien has published on Roman satire, and his translations of Latin literature have appeared in journals and on the Diotima website. His translations of Ovid’s Amores have been published in an anthology of Latin lyric and elegiac poetry, and his verse translation of Horace’s Satires is forthcoming. His special interests are Augustan Rome and the history of liberal arts education.

Academic History

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1989
M.A., The Florida State University, 1981
B.A., University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, 1976

Courses Taught at Transy

Ancient Greek
Introduction to Greek and Roman Mythology
Women in Antiquity
Literature of the Greco-Roman World

Recent Publications

Verse translations of Horace’ Satires published in Literary Imagination and on the Diotima website

Verse translations of Ovid’s Amores appeared in the anthology Latin Lyric and Elegiac Poetry (Garland, 1995)

Areas of Research

Latin literature
Greek literature
Greco-Roman mythology
Gender and sexuality in the ancient world