Dr. John Henkel

John Henkel




  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2009)
  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)
  • B.A., College of William and Mary (2002)


Dr. John Henkel grew up in Virginia, where he graduated from the College of William and Mary (B.A., 2002), then moved to North Carolina, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005, 2009). Before coming to Georgetown, he taught at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (link), a unique study-abroad institute for students of Latin and Greek, which he had also attended as an undergraduate. At Georgetown he teaches all levels of Latin, Classical Greek on demand, courses on classical literature, and Foundations 111, a freshman-level skills course designed to introduce students to the intellectual tradition. His research interests are primarily in Latin and Greek poetry, with special emphasis on Vergil and the other Augustan Latin poets. He has given numerous papers and invited lectures and is currently working on a book manuscript, Metapoetic Allegory in Vergil’s Eclogues and Georgics.

Teaching and Research

Courses Taught

  • Latin 101, 102: Beginning Latin
  • Latin 201, 202: Intermediate Latin
  • Latin 340: Independent Study (Topics: Vergil, Ovid)
  • Greek 202: Intermediate Greek (Homer)
  • Classics 170/Foundations 112: Introduction to Classical Studies (Classical Mythology)
  • Classics 314, 316,318: Classical Literature Courses on Classical Mythology, Ancient Drama, Ancient Epic
  • Foundations 111: Revolution and Renaissance (a freshman-level skills course and introduction to intellectual history)
  • Honors 170: Honors Reading Group (Vergil’s Aeneid)


  • “Nighttime labor: A Metapoetic Vignette Alluding to Aratus at Georgics 1.291–296.” HSCP 106 (2011) 179–198.
  • Entries on “Ages of the World (Metallic),” “Indiges,” “Virbius” for The Virgil Encyclopedia, J. Ziolkowski and R. F. Thomas, edd. Wiley-Blackwell. Forthcoming.
  • “Vergil Talks Technique: Intertextuality and Metapoetic Arboriculture in Georgics 2.” Vergilius. Forthcoming.
  • Reviews of: Katharina Volk, Oxford Readings in Classical Studies: Vergil’s Georgics (Oxford, 2008), CJ 105.2 (2009–2010) 183–86; Llewelyn Morgan, Musa Pedestris: Metre and Meaning in Roman Verse (Oxford, 2010), CJ Online, 2012.06.04; Philip Thibodeau, Playing the Farmer: Representations of Rural Life in Vergil’s Georgics (UC Press, 2011), CJ Online, 2012.11.23.

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