Raymond Marks

Associate Professor of Classical Studies/Curator, LaBrunerie Library
222 Swallow Hall
Research Interests

Roman Epic; Flavian Literature; Reception of Ovid


I received my B.A. in Classical Studies from the University of Pennsylvania (1992) and my Ph.D. in Classics from Brown University (1999). Before coming to Missouri, I spent a year as a D.A.A.D. Research grant recipient at Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg, Germany (1997-1998) and was a Visiting Lecturer in Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania (1999-2000). I have been a member of the department of Classical Studies at the University of Missouri since 2000.

My teaching at MU covers language courses, mostly Latin, at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced undergraduate levels, in-translation courses on Roman topics, such as AMS 2200: Roman Culture, and graduate courses, such as Latin 8010: Latin Rough Guide and seminars on post-Augustan epic (Lucan, Valerius Flaccus, Statius, Silius Italicus).

My primary field of interest is Latin poetry of the Flavian period, but my interests include poetry of the Augustan period and medieval Latin literature. My research is currently focused on the reception of Ovid in epic poetry of the first century CE.

Select Publications

2018    "Sparsis Mauors agitatus in oris: Lucan and Civil War in Punica 14," in L.D. Ginsberg and D.A. Krasne, eds., After 69 CE - Writing Civil War in Flavian Rome. Berlin: De Gruyter: pp. 51-67.

2017    “Off the Beaten Path: Generic Conflict and Narrative Delay in Punica 14,” The Classical Journal: 112.4: pp. 461-493.

2017    “Silius, Sicily, and the Poetics of Generic Conflict: Punica 14.208-217,” in F. Bessone and M. Fucecchi, eds., Literary Genres in the Flavian Age: Canons, Transformations, Reception. Berlin: De Gruyter: pp. 268-282.

2017    “A Medial Proem and the Macrostructures of the Punica,” in C. Schmitz, ed., Anfänge und Enden. Narrative Potentiale des antiken und nachantiken Epos. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag: pp. 277-291.

2016    “Per Vulnera Regnum: Self-Destruction, Self-Sacrifice and Devotio in Silius’ Punica 4-10,” in A. Augoustakis, ed., Flavian Epic. Oxford Readings in Classical Studies. Oxford: Oxford University Press: pp. 408-433.

2014    “Nosces Fabios certamine ab uno: The Tale of the Three Hundred Fabii in Punica 7,” Illinois Classical Studies 39: pp. 139-169.

2014    “Statio-Silian Relations in the Thebaid and Punica 1-2,” Classical Philology 109.2: 130-139.

2013    “The Thebaid and the Fall of Saguntum in Punica 2,” in G. Manuwald and A. Voigt, eds., Flavian Epic Interactions. Berlin: De Gruyter: pp. 297-310.

2013    “Reconcilable Differences: Anna Perenna and the Battle of Cannae in the Punica,” in A. Augoustakis, ed., Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic. Oxford: Oxford University Press: pp. 287-301.

2010    “Julius Caesar in Domitianic Poetry,” in N. Kramer and C. Reitz, eds., Tradition und Erneuerung: Mediale Strategien in der Zeit der Flavier. Berlin: De Gruyter: pp. 13-39.

2010    “Lucan’s Curio in the Punica,” in F. Schaffenrath, ed., Silius Italicus. Akten der Innsbrucker Tagung vom 19.-21. Juni 2008. Studien zur klassischen Philologie, vol. 164. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang: pp. 29-46.

2010    “Silius and Lucan,” in A. Augoustakis, ed., Brill’s Companion to Silius Italicus. Leiden: Brill: pp. 127-153.

2010    “The Song and the Sword: Silius’s Punica and the Crisis of Early Imperial Epic,” in D. Konstan and K. Raaflaub, eds., Epic and History. Oxford: Blackwell: pp. 185-211.

2008    “Augustus and I: Horace and ‘Horatian’ Identity in Odes 3.14,” American Journal of Philology 129.1: pp. 77-100.

2008    “Getting Ahead: Decapitation as Political Metaphor in Silius Italicus’ Punica,” Mnemosyne 61.1: pp. 66-88.

2006    “En, reddo tua tela tibi: Crista and Sons in Silius, Pun. X, 92-169,” Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History XIII. Collection Latomus 301: pp. 390-404.

2005    From Republic to Empire: Scipio Africanus in the Punica of Silius Italicus. Studien zur klassischen Philologie, vol. 152. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

2005    “Silius Italicus,” in J.M. Foley, ed., The Blackwell Companion to Ancient Epic. Oxford: Blackwell: pp. 528-537.

2005    “Per Vulnera Regnum: Self-Destruction, Self-Sacrifice, and Devotio in Punica 4-10,” Ramus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literature 34.2: pp. 127-151.

2004    “Of Kings, Crowns, and Boundary Stones: Cipus and the Hasta Romuli in Metamorphoses 15,” Transactions of the American Philological Association 134.1: pp. 107-131.

2003    “Hannibal in Liternum,” in P. Thibodeau and H. Haskell, eds., Being There Together: Essays in Honor of Michael C.J. Putnam on the Occasion of his Seventieth Birthday. Afton: Afton Historical Society Press: pp. 128-144.


Raymond Marks
Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 1.00 - 2.00 pm