Daniel Nodes

Daniel Nodes
Professor of Classics
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  • Ph.D. 1982, University of Toronto
  • M.A. 1976, University of New Hampshire
  • B.A. 1974, St. Peter’s College

Late Antiquity and the Early Medieval Period, Classical Tradition in the Renaissance


Daniel Nodes is Professor of Classics. He served as Classics Department Chair from 2012 to 2015. Before coming to Baylor he was the founding Chair of Classics and Early Christian Literature in Ave Maria University, FL, and he has been Chair of Classics in Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH, and director of Graduate Liberal Studies in Hamline University, St. Paul, MN. Dr. Nodes has been a research fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and has been awarded research grants from American Council of Learned Societies, St. Louis University, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, UCLA, and the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies in the University of Toronto. He serves on the editorial board of the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, Washington, DC.

Research Interests

Dr. Nodes’s publications address intersections of classical literary culture and Christian doctrine over a broad spectrum of literary genres and historical periods, from late antiquity through the early modern period.

Selected Publications


  • Parables on a Roman Comic Stage: Samarites — Comoedia de Samaritano Evangelico (1539) by Petrus Papeus Together with the Commentary of Alexius Vanegas of Toledo (1542). Drama and Theatre in Early Modern Europe 7. Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2017.
  • John Colet’s Commentary on the Ecclesiastical Hierarchy of Dionysius (with Daniel Lochman). Leiden: E.J. Brill. 2013.
  • Commentary on the Sentences of Petrus Lombardus ‘ad mentem Platonis’ by Giles of Viterbo, 1469-1532. Leiden: E.J. Brill. 2010. The first critical edition of this text.
  • Doctrine and Exegesis in Latin Biblical Poetry. Leeds: Cairns. 1993.
  • The Fall of Man: Avitus Books 1-3. Toronto: Pontifical Institute. 1985.

Recent Journal Articles

  • “The Merging of Linguistic Idioms in the Commentary Genre: The Case of Alejo Vanegas of Toledo (1542),” in Acta  Conventus Neo-Latini Albacetenis 2018. Leiden: Brill.
  • “Les paraboles évangéliques dans la poésie latin du XIIe au XVe siècle,” in  Actes du colloque: Poésie, bible et théologie de l'Antiquité tardive au Moyen Age. Berlin: DeGruyter, 2019.
  • “Communication of Linguistic Idioms in Eneas Sylvius Piccolomini’s Letters,” Mediaevistik 31 (2018).
  • “Exegetical Traditions and the Artes Praedicandi in the Collationes de tempore of Frater Petrus (14th c.),” Medieval Sermon Studies 61 (2017).
  • “Giles of Viterbo” in Encyclopedia of Renaissance Philosophy. Ed. Marco Sgarbi. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, 2015-. Springerreference.co
  • “Hellenism and the Sentences-Commentary of Giles of Viterbo (1469-1532).” Journal of Ecclesiastical History 66.1 (2015).
  • “Personal, Societal and Literary Reform in John Colet’s Ecclesiastical Hierarchy.” Church History 83.3 (2015).

Recent Book Reviews

  • Review of Princeps philosophorum: Platone nell’Occidente tardo-antico, medievale e umanistico. Ed. Maria Borriello and Angelo Maria Vitale. Roma: Città Nuova (Institutiones, 5), 2016. In Mediaevistik, 30 (2017), 330-332.
  • Review of Brian P. Dunkle, Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan. Oxford Early Christian Studies, 2016. In Augustinian Studies 49 (2018), 125-131.
  • Review of Caridi, Cathy. Making Martyrs East and West: Canonization in the Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches.  De Kalb, IL: Northern Illinois University Press, 2016. In Church History, 86 (2017), 469-471.
  • Review of Aaron Pelttari. The Space that Remains: Reading Latin Poetry in Late Antiquity. In Classical Journal, May, 2015.
Forthcoming in 2020


  • Frater Petrus. Collationes pro tempore, edition, translation and commentary. Leiden: Brill, January, 2020.
  • ‘Mens Platonis, cor Ecclesiae’: Egidio of Viterbo between Philosophy and Theology. Rome: Roma nel Rinacimento, 2020.


  • “Theology  before  Church  Polity: A  Fourteenth-Century  Guide  for  Preachers  on  the Good Shepherd,” Medieval Sermon Studies 63 (2019).
  • “Transcendent and Immanent in Nicholas of Cusa’s Sermons on the Good Shepherd:Entering and Leaving by the Same Gate,” Shift: International Journal of Philosophical Studies 4 (2019).

Book Reviews

  • Review of Savvas Neocleous. Heretics, Schismatics, or Catholics? Latin Attitudes to the Greeks in the Long Twelfth Century.  Toronto: PIMS, 2019. In Mediaevistik 32 (2019).
  • Review of Oxford Guide to Early Christian Biblical Interpretation. Ed. Paul M. Blowers et al. Oxford: Oxford Univ. Press, 2019). In Church History 88 (2019).

Department of Classics

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