Randall McNeill


Department of Classics, Lawrence University

P.O. Box 599, Appleton, WI 54912-0599, U.S.A.

E-mail: randall.mcneill@lawrence.edu




Ph.D. in Classics, Yale University, 1998

M.A. in Classics, Yale University, 1994

A.B. summa cum laude in Classics, Harvard University, 1992




Associate Professor of Classics, Lawrence University, 2005-present

Assistant Professor of Classics, Lawrence University, 1999-2005

Lecturer, Yale University, 1998-1999

Acting Instructor/Teaching Fellow, Yale University, 1995-1998




Latin literature and Roman culture; late Republican and Augustan poetry; Greek and Roman history


Publications and Papers:




Horace: Image, Identity, and Audience.  Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001.


(Reviewed by A. D. Morrison (Univ. of Manchester), Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.06.16; R. Nagel (Univ. of Alberta), Phoenix 57 (2003): 344-5; S. J. Harrison (Oxford Univ.), Journal of Roman Studies 94 (2004): 56-8; M. Lowrie (New York Univ.), Electronic Antiquity 8 (2004): 39-43; J. Y. Maleuvre, Les Études Classiques 77 (2004): 146-7; J. M. Neumann (Davidson Coll.), Classical Philology 99 (2004): 182-86; B. Stenuit (Jesuit Coll. of Brussels), Latomus 64 (2005): 813; H. P. Syndikus (Gymnasium Weilheim), Gnomon 77 (2005): 268-70)




“Urbanity and Provincial Identity in Catullus 12 and 39,” article in preparation.


"Cum tacent, clamant: the Pragmatics of Silence in Catullus.”  Forthcoming in Classical Philology.


“Horace and Catullus,” in The Blackwell Guide to Catullus, ed. M. Skinner: 357-76.  London: Blackwell, 2007.


“Notes on the Subject of the Ilissos Temple Frieze,” in Periklean Athens and Its Legacy: Problems and Perspectives, ed. J. Barringer and J. Hurwit: 287-312.  Austin, Texas: The University of Texas Press, 2005.


“So How Was the Dinner?  The Anxiety of Exclusion in Horace Satires 2.8,” in Essays in Honor of Gordon Williams, ed. E. Tylawsky and C. Weiss: 189-200.  New Haven: Henry R. Schwab, 2001.




M. C. J. Putnam, Poetic Interplay: Catullus and Horace.  Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.  Classical Journal 104 (2009): 177-79


S. J. Harrison, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Horace.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006.  Ancient History Bulletin, in progress.


Papers and Invited Lectures:


“Talking Furniture and Outside Scrutiny in Catullus 6,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, January 2009.


“Silence and Social Authority in Cicero and Catullus,” presented at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, September 2008.


“Conceptual Space and the Failure of Discourse in Catullus 51,” presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, January 2008.


“Silence and Male Relationships in the Poetry of Catullus,” presented at the Three-Year Colloquium Exploring Roman Manhood at the Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, January 2005.


“Silence and Friendship in Catullus,” presented at the Freie Universität Berlin, November 2003.


____, presented at the University of Chicago, November 2003.


“New in Town: Urbanity and Provincialism in Catullus 12 and 39,” Annual Meeting of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 2003.


“Social Hierarchy in the Roman Dinner Party,” presented at Reed College, March 1999.


“The Polemics of Embarrassment: Uses of Personal Discomfiture in Catullus 10 and Horace Satires 1.9,” Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association, December 1998.


“Horace and the Rings of Audience: Double Messages in the Satires,” presented at the University of Cincinnati, April 1998.




Defining Wisdom Grant, 2008.  The University of Chicago Arete Initiative and the John Templeton Foundation.  Two-year research grant for a book project on “The Price of Wisdom: Community and the Individual in Greek and Roman Poetry”


Awards and Honors:


Visiting Scholar, Department of Classics, the University of Chicago, 2003

Outstanding Young Teacher Award, Lawrence University, 2003

Robert M. Leylan Fellow in the Humanities, Yale University, 1997-1998

Jacob K. Javits Fellow, 1993-1997

Yale University Fellow, 1992-1993

A.B. summa cum laude, Harvard University, 1992

Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard University, 1992

Louis Curtis Prize in Latin Literature, Harvard University, 1992

John Harvard Scholar, Harvard University, 1989-1992


Courses Taught:


Latin and Greek Literature:


Horace: Odes


Ovid: Amores and Ars Amatoria

Latin Popular Literature

Introduction to Latin Literature

Roman Historians

Homer: Iliad

Greek Tragedy

Greek Historians


Tutorials and independent study projects in Virgil, Aeneid; Ovid, Metamorphoses and Tristia; Caesar, de bello Gallico; history of Latin literature; Juvenal; Plato, Apology and Crito; Aristophanes, Acharnians


Latin and Greek Language:


Beginning Latin

Intermediate Latin

Beginning Greek

Intermediate Greek

Intensive Beginning Latin


History and Classical Civilization:


Survey of Roman History

Survey of Greek History

Periclean Athens

Augustan Rome

Origins of War

Slaves and Barbarians

Warfare in Classical Antiquity

Tutorials and independent study projects in the Athenian Empire; Augustan propaganda; tactics of Greek warfare; Roman politics under Nero


Service and Professional Activity:




Member, American Philological Association, 1997-present

Member, Classical Association of the Midwest and South, 1999-present

Referee, Classical Philology, 2006

Referee, Classical Journal, 2007




Chair, Dept. of Classics, Lawrence University, 2007-present

Faculty Secretary, 2009

Faculty Committee on Instruction, 2008

Financial Planning Task Force, Lawrence University, 2007-08

President, Gamma Delta chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, 2007-08

Chair, Search Committee, Dept. of Classics, Lawrence University, 2006-07

Chair, Foreign Language Coalition, Lawrence University, 2006-07

Faculty Committee on University Governance, Lawrence University, 2004-06

University Committee on the Curriculum, Lawrence University, 2002-04

Junior Faculty Committee, Presidential Search, Lawrence University, 2004

Acting Chair, Dept. of Classics, Lawrence University, 2002

Search Committees, Depts. of English and Art History, Lawrence University

Chief Organizer, Lawrence University Classics Week, 2002-2006