Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Department ofClassics and Ancient
Mediterranean Studies

Erin M. Hanses

Erin M. Hanses
Assistant Teaching Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
310A Weaver Building University Park, PA 16802
Pronouns: She/Her


Erin M. Hanses specializes in Latin poetry of the late Roman Republic and early Empire. Her research focuses broadly on sex and gender in Roman culture, and particularly on representations of women and pleasure in the works of Lucretius and the Latin love elegists. Her publications to date have treated poetic engagement and philosophical contentions with Roman Epicureanism in the didactic works of Ovid and Vergil, and in the elegies of Sulpicia. Most recently, she has been investigating how critical phenomenology can be used in framing questions surrounding ancient identities. At Penn State, she teaches courses on Roman civilization, history, and archaeology; on classical mythology, Greek civilization, and the Greco-Roman world; and Latin language courses at all levels.

Education Details:

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


Journal Articles 
“Embodying Nature: Vergil’s Defeminization of Lucretian natura in the Georgics.” Vergilius 67 (2021): 207-24.
Book Chapters
“Criticizing Love’s Critic: Epicurean parrhesia as an Instructional Mode in Ovidian Love Elegy.” In Katharina Volk and Gareth Williams, eds. Philosophy in Ovid, Ovid as Philosopher. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022. 84-103.
"A Woman's Pleasure: Sulpicia and the Epicurean Discourse on Love." In Gregson Davis and Sergio Yona, eds. Afterlives of the Garden: Receptions of Epicurean Thought in the Early Empire and Late Antiquity. De Gruyter, 2024. 55-77.