David J. White

David J. White
Senior Lecturer in Classics
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  • Ph.D. Classical Studies, University of Florida, 2013
  • M.L.I.S., Kent State University, 2000
  • M.A., Classics, University of Pennsylvania, 1987
  • B.A., Classics, University of Akron, 1984

Latin Epic and Didactic poetry; Ancient Theater; Latin Pedagogy; and Spoken Latin. Dr. White currently serves as the Latin Orator for the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.

Research Interests

Dr. White’s research focuses on Latin epic and Didactic poetry of the Golden and Silver ages, and the interrelationship between the two genres. He is also an active proponent of incorporating spoken Latin into elementary and intermediate Latin instruction.

Selected Publications
  • “Iopas.” In The Virgil Encyclopedia, ed. R. Thomas and J. Ziolkowski. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
  • Translations from Balzac and Michelet (French) in European Romanticism: A Reader, ed. Stephen Prickett. Continuum, 2010.
Recent Papers
  • De mente et corpore exercendo atque alendo in Columellae Re Rustica.  Living Latin in NYC, Paideia Institute, 17 February 2019, New York, NY.
  • Salve... ianua: The Place of Poem 67 in the Corpus of Catullus. Classical Association of the Middle West and South (CAMWS), 14 April 2018, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Catullus Res Rustica 10 and Nicander’s Georgica. CAMWS, 7 April 2017, Kingston, ON.
  • Fertilis hortus: The Garden in Tibullus 2.1 and the Boundaries of Civilization. Classical Association of the Middle West and South Southern Section (CAMWS-SS), 29 Oct. 2016, Atlanta, GA.
  • Mercibus ut vernis dives Vertumnus abundet: Vertumnus in Columella’s Garden. CAMWS, 17 March 2016, Williamsburg, VA.
  • Saepibus hirtis claudatur: Gardens as Enclosed Metapoetic Spaces. CAMWS, 27 Apr. 2015, Boulder, CO.
  • Delie te Paean et te Euhie Euhie Paean: Apollo and Bacchus in Columella Res Rustica 10. CAMWS-SS, 16 Oct. 2015, Fredericksburg, VA.
  • Durior aeternusque vocat labor: Metapoetics in Columella Res Rustica 10. CAMWS, 5 April 2014, Waco, TX.
  • Hortorum quoque te cultus Silvine docebo: Generic Boundary Transgression in Columella 10.” CAMWS, 20 April 2013, Iowa City, IA.
  • Super cancrum coronam: The crown in Trimalchio’s Zodiac platter (Petr. 35. 1-5).” CAMWS-SS, 2 Nov. 2012, Tallahassee, FL.
  • Nobis memoranda: Columella’s Reimagining of the Georgics.” CAMWS, 30 March 2012, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • Numeroso horto: A programmatic pun at Columella, Res Rustica 10.” CAMWS, 9 April 2011, Grand Rapids, MI.
  • “Who Mourns for Adonais?: Greeks, Romans, and the Legacy of Romanticism.” CAMWS-SS, 29 Oct. 2010, Richmond, VA.
  • Obscenae canes: Hecate’s Ominous Bitches at Georgics I. 470.” CAMWS, 26 Mar. 2010, Oklahoma City, OK.
  • Thyesteis mensis: Cannibalism in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” CAMWS, 3 Apr. 2009, Minneapolis, MN.
  • “Iopas and Orpheus: Vergil’s Rejection of Cosmological Poetry.” CAMWS, 1 Apr. 2006, Gainesville, FL.
  • Chelasque sequentes: Augustus Occupying Libra’s Place in Georgics I.32-35.” CAMWS, 1 Apr. 2005, Madison, WI.
  • “The Rules for Dialectic in Plato’s Gorgias.” CAAS, 27 Sept. 1992, New York, NY.
  • “Christianity and the Greek Mythical Mindset.” Christian Cosmology lecture series, Newman Center, University of Pennsylvania, 30 Oct. 1991, Philadelphia, PA.
  • “The Song of Iopas: Vergil’s View of Cosmological Poetry.” CAAS, 27 Apr. 1991, Washington, DC.
  • “Colloquial Language in Horace’s Sermones.” CAAS, 27 Apr. 1990, Gettysburg, PA.
Book Reviews
  • Twomey, P. and Nussbaum, S. (2013) Ten Fairy Tales in Latin. Mundelein, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci. Classical Journal Online 2017.10.09.
  • Colakis, M. (2015) Lectiones Memorabiles: Volume I: Selections from Catullus, Cicero, Livy, Ovid, Propertius, Tibullus, and Vergil. Mundelein, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.07.03.
  • Powell, B. (2014) Homer. The Odyssey. Translation, introduction, and notes by Barry B. Powell. Oxford. Classical Journal Online 2015.12.01.
  • Cardigni, J. (2013) El comentario como género tardoantiguo: Commentarii in Somnium Scipionis de Macrobio. Colección Saberes. Buenos Aires. Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2015.09.25
  • Pieri, B. (2011) Intacti Saltus: Studi sul III libro delle Georgiche. Bologna. Classical Review 65.1 (April 2015)
Work in Progress

Dr. White is currently working a commentary to book 10 of Columella’s Res Rustica, focusing on the relationship between Res Rustica 10 and Vergil’s Georgics.

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