Professor Coleman is the James Loeb Professor in Classics at Harvard University. She holds degrees from the University of Cape Town (BA 1973), the University of Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) (BA Hons 1975), and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (DPhil 1979). Her interests include Latin literature (especially Flavian poetry), the history and culture of the early Empire, arena spectacles, Roman punishment, and the reception of the Classics by the twentieth-century South African poet, Douglas Livingstone. In 2012 she became a Corresponding Member of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities) and was a Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 2013-14. email@example.com
By Kathleen Coleman, Harvard University
This paper was delivered as part of "The Future of Classical Education: A Dialogue," a panel organized by the SCS Program Committee at the 147th annual meeting of the SCS in San Francisco, January 8, 2016.
The fourth book of the Siluae opens with a poem to mark the inauguration of Domitian’s seventeenth consulship in 95 CE. This is too important an occasion for a mere mortal to commemorate. So Statius gives the microphone to the god Janus, who hogs the discourse for more than half the poem (27 lines out of a total of 47). Among many other...