Annette M. Baertschi

Associate Professor of Greek, Latin, and Classical Studies
Annette M. Baertschi headshot


Phone 610-526-7569
Location Old Library 241


Ph.D. Humboldt University

On leave 2022-2024

Areas of Focus

On leave 2022-2024
Roman literature, especially imperial epic and tragedy; reception of classical literature and culture; history of classical scholarship; Renaissance and Neo-Latin Studies


Recent Publications:


Articles, Book Chapters, and Essays:

  • "Politics and Violence in Jorge Alí Triana's Edipo Alcalde" (forthcoming)
  • "The Social Process of Trauma in Lucan's Bellum civile" (forthcoming)
  • Cicero, Lucan, and Rhetorical Role-Play in Bellum civile VII," in: Lucan's Imperial World. The Bellum civile in Its Contemporary Contexts, ed. L. Zientek and M. Thorne, London (Bloomsbury) 2019
  • "Epic Elements in Senecan Tragedy," in: Brill’s Companion to Roman Tragedy, ed. George W. M. Harrison, Leiden/Boston (Brill) 2015, 171-195
  • " 'Big Science’ in Classics in the 19th Century and the Academicization of Antiquity," in: The Making of the Humanities III: The Making of the Modern Humanities, 1850–2000, ed. Rens Bod, Jaap Maat, and Thijs Weststeijn, Amsterdam/Chicago (Amsterdam University Press/Chicago University Press) 2014, 233-249
  • "Rebel and Martyr: The Medea of Lars von Trier," in: Ancient Greek Women in Film, ed. Konstantinos P. Nikoloutsos, Oxford (Oxford University Press) 2013, 117–136
  • “Drama and Epic Narrative: The Test Case of Messenger Speech in Seneca's Agamemnon,” in: Beyond the Fifth Century. Interactions with Greek Tragedy from the Fourth Century BCE to the Middle Ages, ed. Ingo Gildenhard and Martin Revermann, Berlin (de Gruyter) 2010, 243–263
  • "Einleitung" (with Colin G. King), in: Die modernen Väter der Antike. Die Entwicklung der Altertumswissenschaften an Akademie und Universität im Berlin des 19. Jahrhunderts, ed. Annette M. Baertschi and Colin G. King, Berlin (de Gruyter) 2009, 3–22

Work in Progress:

  • Creative Imitation and Exemplarity in Petrarch's Africa (monograph)
  • " … ut ex multis et variis unum fiat, idque aliud et melius: Imitative Transformation in Petrarch's Africa" (article)
  • "Between Epic and Elegy: The Love Story of Sophonisba and Massinissa in Petrarch's Africa" (article)
  • "The Cinematography of Statius' Thebaid" (article)
  • "The Poetics of Deixis in Senecan Tragedy and Horatian Lyric" (article)
  • "Traveling through History and Time: The Catabasis Motif in Theo Angelopoulos' Ulysses' Gaze (1995)" (article)
  • "The Politics of Masses in Miklós Jancsó’s Szerelmem, Elektra (1974)" (article)