Barbara Gold

Barbara Gold
Barbara Gold

Edward North Professor Classics and Greek Literature

Couper Hall 109

Barbara Gold's research interests are Greek and Roman literature, comparative literature, women in antiquity, feminist theory and classics and late antiquity, and early Christian literature. Gold was the first woman editor of The American Journal of Philology.

Her work includes editing The Blackwell Companion to Roman Elegy (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012), to which she contributed a chapter, and Perpetua: Athlete of God (Oxford University Press, 2018). She earned a doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Recent Courses Taught

Medieval Latin: The World of Ancient Rome
Socrates, Cleopatra and the Caesars
Women, Gender and Power in the Ancient World
The Literature of Love and Desire

Research Interests

Greek and Roman literature, particularly Roman elegy, lyric, satire
Medieval literature, culture and history
Roman social history
Women in the ancient world
Feminist criticism


  • Vice president of the Society for Classical Studies, 2017-21
  • Teagle Foundation grant, 2007
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend, 1992
  • Thomas Terry Award, Santa Clara University, 1988-89
  • University Research Institute Research Grant, 1984, for study at Oxford
  • University Research Institute grant for salary supplement, 1980
  • University Research Institute special research grants, five from 1979-83
  • The School of Criticism and Theory fellowship (University of California, Irvine), 1979, declined
  • University Research Institute summer fellowship, 1979, 1981
  • Duke University Mellon Fellowship, 1978, declined; 1979, accepted
  • NDEA Fellowship, 1967-68

Selected Publications

  • “Teaching Ancient Comedy: Joking about Race, Ethnicity, and Slavery,” in From Abortion to Pederasty: Addressing Difficult Topics in the Classics Classroom, ed. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz and Fiona McHardy (Ohio State University Press 2014) 279-97.
  • “Remaking Perpetua: A Female Martyr Reconstructed,” in Sex in Antiquity: New Essays on Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World, ed. M. Masterson, N. Rabinowitz, J. Robson and L. Llewellyn-Jones (Routledge 2015).
  • “A Woman’s View of War: Simone Weil and the Iliad,” Unsealing the Fountain (Oxford University Press, 2016).
  • Perpetua: Athlete of God (Oxford University Press 2018).
  • “Simone Weil: Receiving the Iliad,” Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing The Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly, ed. Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall  (Oxford University Press, 2016) 359-376.
  • “The Wife in Charge, the Husband Foiled,” article forthcoming in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Plautus, ed. G. Franko and D. Dutsch (2018).
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  • “Comedy in Ancient Greece and Rome: What Was Funny, Whose Humor Was It, and How Do We Explain Jokes Without Killing Them?,” in Women and Comedy, ed. P. Dickinson, S. Swagerman, P. St. Pierre, D. Solomon (Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2014).
  • “Masculus,” Lexicon Entry for Eugesta (online lexicon for Roman gender terms) (2014).
  • Roman Literature, Gender, and Reception: Domina Illustris.  Essays in Honor of Judith Peller Hallett, ed. by Donald Lateiner, Barbara Gold and Judith Perkins  (Routledge, 2013). Paperback version in 2014. Reviewed BMCR, CJ, Choice.
  • “Maecenas,” The Virgil Encyclopedia, ed. J. Ziolkowski and Richard Thomas  (Wiley/Blackwell 2013/14).
  • A Companion to Roman Love Elegy, editor (Wiley-Blackwell 2012). Also available as an e-book and Blackwell Reference Online (BRO) collection.
  • “‘And I Became a Man’: Gender Fluidity and Closure in Perpetua’s Prison Narrative,” in Roman Literature, Gender, and Reception: Domina Illustris.  Essays in Honor of Judith Peller Hallett, ed. D. Lateiner, Barbara Gold, J. Perkins (Routledge, March, 2013) 153-65.
  • “The Natural and Unnatural Silence of Women in the Elegies of Propertius,” reprinted in Oxford Readings in Propertius, ed. Ellen Greene and Tara Welch (Oxford University Press 2012) 355-72, (a selection of the best work on Propertius over the past 30 years).
  • “The Corpus of Juvenal’s Poetry,” in A Companion to Persius and Juvenal, ed. Susanna Braund and Josiah Osgood (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) 97-112.
  • “Introduction,” in A Companion to Roman Love Elegy, ed. Barbara K. Gold (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) 1-7.
  • “Patronage and the Elegists: Social Reality or Literary Construction?,” in A Companion to Roman Love Elegy, ed. Barbara K. Gold (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) 303-17.
  • “Gender Fluidity and Closure in Perpetua’s Prison Diary,” in Eugesta 1: 1-15  (a new international classical journal published in several languages, online and in print) (December 2011).
  • Roman Dining, co-ed. with John Donahue (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005).

College Service

  • Associate dean of faculty, 1997-2001
  • Chair of Classics Department, 1989-94, 2002-06, 2014-17
  • Committee on Appointments, four terms, including serving as chair in 1996-97, 2006-08, 2010-12, and 2017-18
  • Women's Studies Committee, 1990-97
  • Chair of Ancient Mediterranean Civilization Program, 1989-94
  • Class of 1963 Teaching Award Committee, 1990-91
  • Honorary Degree Committee of the Board of Trustees, 1991-97
  • Committee on Equal Opportunity, 1991-1995
  • Facilitator for all-campus workshop, "Our Cultures, Ourselves: Working with Difference," 1995
  • Hamilton-Colgate Mellon Grant Committee, 1995-2000
  • Pew Higher Education Roundtable, pre-planning committee and committee, 1995-96
  • Facilitator at pre-college conference, 1995
  • Chair of Tenure Committee and chair of Constituted Department Committee, 1995-97
  • Member of ad hoc promotion committee, 1996-97
  • Anti-Hazing Task Force, 1997-2000
  • Elderhostel, Women's Roles in the Ancient World, 1997-2002
  • Dramaturge, Lysistrata, 1997
  • Committee on Academic Policy, Curricular Review Committee on Distribution Requirements, 1996-97
  • Committee on Academic Policy (ex-officio), 1997-2001
  • On-Campus Planning Committee, 1998-2001
  • Selection Committee for Media Relations Director, 1998
  • Selection Committee for Director of Multicultural Affairs, 1998
  • Enrollment Management Committee, 1998
  • Admissions Committee, ex-officio, 1997-2001
  • Proseminar Development Committee, 2000-01
  • Information Technology Committee, 1997-2001
  • Year 2000 Committee, 1998-2000
  • Moderator of panels for alumni events
  • Chair, Middle States Steering Committee for Hamilton College Accreditation Review, 2001
  • Chair, Diversity Task Force; author of diversity task force report
  • Student Prize Committee, 2003-present
  • Kirkland Project (Diversity and Social Justice Project), Coordinating Committee (1995-present) and Executive Committee (spring 2005)
  • Hiring committees for medieval historian (2010) and for Hispanic Studies Department (2011)
  • Coordinator of the Humanities, 2008-present
  • Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program affiliated faculty member
  • Committee on Administrative Structure and Function of Academic Affairs, 2012-13
  • Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) Internal Advisory Committee, 2012-present
  • Advisor to Eta Sigma Phi (national Classics honor society) and Classics Club

Professional Affiliations

American Classical League
Society for Classical Studies
American Conference of Academic Deans
American Association of Colleges and Universities
Classical Association of the Atlantic States
Classical Association of the Empire State
Classical Association of the Middle West and South

Appointed to the Faculty: 1989

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
B.A., University of Michigan

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