Thomas Kohn

Thomas Kohn

Associate Professor
Faculty Advisor for Classics

417 Manoogian Hall

Curriculum vitae

Thomas Kohn



Research interest(s)/area of expertise

  • Roman Poetry 
  •  Ancient Theatre, especially Roman Tragedy
  •  Performance Criticism
  •  Greek and Roman Mythology


Senecan drama, narrative interruption of oratio recta


  • B.A., cum laude, in English, with secondary education certification, Carleton College, 1990
  • Ph.D. in Classical Studies, University of Minnesota, 2001

Awards and grants

  •  Career Development Chair (2014/1025)

  •  Humanities Center Residency (Winter 2010)

  •  University Research Grant (Summer 2008)

Selected publications

The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy, 2013. University of Michigan Press.

“The Editio of Roman Tragedy,” 2015 in Brill’s Companion to Roman
Tragedy, George W. M. Harrison, ed. Brill Publishing. 93-104.

“Aeneid 6.713-723: Who is Speaking?” Vergilius 44 (1998) 28-30.

“An Early Stage in Vergil’s Career.” Classical World 93.3 (2000) 267-74.

“The Tragedies of Ezekiel.” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 43 (2002/3)

“Who Wrote Seneca’s Plays?” Classical World 96.3 (2003) 271-80.

“Seneca’s Use of Four Speaking Actors.” Classical Journal 100.2 (2004/5)

“The Wishes of Theseus.” Transactions of the American Philological
Association 138.2 (2008) 379-92.

“Oratio Recta in Senecan Tragedy.” Prudentia 39.2 (2007) 51-76, published
in 2010.

“Stage Directions in Parenthesis in Roman Epic.” Classical
Quarterly 62.2 (2012) 766-784.

 “Tartarus and the Curses of Percy Jackson (or Annabeth’s Adventures in the
Underworld).” Amphora 12.1 (2015) 12-13.

“Combat Trauma in Seneca’s Troades.” 2017 in Troiane Classiche e Contemporanee, (edited volume of Spudasmata 173) Francesco Citti, Alessandro Iannucci and Antonio Ziosi, edd., 131-150.

“Four Jews and Their Rabbis Go Into a Theatre.” 2018 in Jews and Drama. Ancient Jewish Attitudes to, and Engagement with, Performance on the Stage and on the Page, special issue of the Journal of Ancient Judaism, Sandra Gambetti and Lutz Doering, edd.


“The Enigma of Julia Augusta.” Historia 71.4 (2022) 459-484.

“Oedipus of Seneca.” forthcoming in Encyclopedia of Roman Comedy and
Tragedy, Joseph A Smith, ed. Wiley-Blackwell.

“Role Distribution in Stage Production” forthcoming in Encyclopedia of Roman
Comedy and Tragedy, Joseph A Smith, ed. Wiley-Blackwell.




Currently teaching

  • LAT 1010




  • CLA 2200
  • LAT 3210

Courses taught

Classics 2000: Greek Mythology (W07, F10, W11, F12, F18, W20, F20, W21, W22, W23)
Classics 2200: Greek Tragedy (F08, F11, F14, F20, F22)
Classics 2300: Ancient Comedy (W13, W14, W21)
Classics 3800/5800: Survey of Greek Literature (F07, W16, W20, W22)
Classics 3825/5825: Survey of Latin Literature (W09, W19)
Classics 3999/6260: Further Studies in Mythology (W08, W12, F16, F21)

Latin 1010: Elementary Latin I (F06, F08, F09, F11, F15, F22)
Latin 1020: Elementary Latin II (W08, W14, W17, W19, W23)
Latin 2010: Intermediate Latin I (F07, F10, F12, F13, F15, F17, F19, F23)
Latin 2020: Intermediate Latin II (W09, W13, W17, W24)
Latin 3210/5850: Epic Poetry (Ovid) (W07)
Latin 3210/5860/7810: Lyric and Elegy (W12, W16, F22)
Latin 3220/6820/7820: Roman Rhetoric (F09, F13)
Latin 3210/6840/7820: Roman Drama (W11, F14, F18)
Latin 3210/6890/7810: Roman Satire (F16)

GKA 1010 (F19)

GKA 1020 (W20)

GKA 2010 (F20)

GKA 5600: Epic (F17)

GKA 6250: Greek Drama (F18)