Christopher Celenza

Charles Homer Haskins Professor, Classics and German and Romance Languages and Literatures

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I am the Chairman of the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins University, where I hold a dual appointment as Professor in the Classics Department and the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures. I also hold secondary appointments in the Department of History and in the Humanities Center. From 2010-14, I served as Director of the American Academy in Rome. Before that, at Johns Hopkins, I served as Director of the Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe from 2008-10. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins in 2005, I taught for nine years in the History Department at Michigan State University.

I hold two doctoral degrees, a PhD in History (Duke University, 1995) and a DrPhil in Classics and Neo-Latin Literature (University of Hamburg, 2001), as well as a BA (1988) and MA (1989) in History from SUNY-Albany.

My areas of interest include: the Latin literature and philosophy of the Italian Renaissance; late medieval intellectual history; the history of philosophy; the history of books and reading practices; Latin paleography; and the history of the classical tradition. My publications and other details can be found on my CV.

Angelo Poliziano’s Lamia in Context: Text, Translation, and Introductory Studies (editor)

Humanism and Creativity: Essays in Honor of Ronald G. Witt

The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin’s Legacy

Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence: The Symbolum Nesianum

Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia: Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger’s De curiae commodis