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Erin M. Hanses

Erin M. Hanses

Lecturer in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

310A Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802


  1. Ph.D. in Classics, Fordham University (2018)
  2. A.B. in Classics, Harvard University (2009)


Erin M. Hanses specializes in Latin poetry of the late Republic and early Empire. Her main research focuses on responses to Lucretius in Roman love elegy, as well as elegiac engagement with the Epicureanism of both Lucretius and his Greek language contemporary, Philodemus. Other research areas include gender and identity in ancient Greece and Rome, and the intersection between medical and literary descriptions of pleasure in classical literature. She has presented her work in Italy, Mexico, Serbia, Canada, and across the United States.

Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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