Professor of Classical Languages
B.A., the University of Tennessee at Knoxville; M.A., Ph.D., University of Virginia

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Stephanie McCarter has taught at Sewanee since 2008. She received a BA (2000) in Classics and English from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and an MA (2002) and PhD (2007) in Classics from the University of Virginia. At Sewanee she teaches Greek and Latin courses at all levels as well as courses in translation, and she is active in Sewanee’s interdisciplinary Humanities program. 

Outside of the classroom, her current major interest is in literary translation. She has recently published a verse translation of Horace’s lyric poetry with the University of Oklahoma Press, and she is presently at work on a translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses into iambic pentameter for Penguin Classics. Her academic research centers on the Latin poetry of the late Republic and early Roman Empire, especially its philosophical and historical contexts. She also has research and teaching specializations in women, gender and sexuality in Greco-Roman antiquity.

Professor McCarter additionally finds great value and enjoyment in writing for non-academic audiences and has had essays appear on Classical topics in venues such as EidolonLiterary Hub, and Electric Literature.

  • In Press: Ovid: Metamorphoses. Penguin Classics. (Translation, with Introduction and Notes). October 25, 2022.
  • Horace’s Epodes, Odes, and Carmen Saeculare (translation). The University of Oklahoma Press (Norman, 2020)
  • Horace between Freedom and Slavery: The First Book of Epistles. The University of Wisconsin Press (Madison, 2015).
peer-reviewed articles
  • “Lucretius’ Didactics of Disgust.” Ramus 51.1 (2022) 47-73.
  • “Vergil’s Funny Honey: The Function of Humor in the Georgics.” Classical Philology 114 (2019) 47-65.
  • Fecitne Viriliter?: Patronage, Erotics, and Masculinity in Horace, Epistles 1.” American Journal of Philology 139 (2018) 675-709.
  • “Horace's Epistles and Ars Poetica.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Classics. Edited by Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press (2017).
  • “The Forging of a God: Venus, the Shield of Aeneas, and Callimachus’ Hymn to Artemis.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142 (2012) 353-79.
  • Maior Post Otia Virtus: Public and Private in Statius’ Silvae 3.5 and 4.4.”  Classical Journal 107 (2012) 451-82. 
classics-related writing
  • "The Tender, Loving Side of the Romans." (Review of Hérica Valladares, Painting, Poetry, and the Invention of Tenderness in the Early Roman Empire; Cambridge, 2021). Hyperallergic. (May 10, 2021).
  • S. Harrison, ed. Horace: Odes II. (Cambridge, 2017). Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2017.10.31.
  • P. Bather and C. Stocks, eds., Horace’s Epodes: Context, Intertexts, and Reception (Oxford, 2016). CJ-Online 2016.12.01. Selected for print in Classical Journal 112 (2017): 504-507.