University of Pittsburgh

D. Mark Possanza

PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1987

D. Mark Possanza is Associate Professor of Classics and Chair of the department. He specializes in Latin literature of the late Republic, didactic poetry, and textual criticism and transmission of texts. In 2004 he published a study of Germanicus Caesar’s Latin translation of Aratus’s Phaenomena: Translating the Heavens: Aratus, Germanicus, and the Poetics of Latin Translation (Peter Lang). He has also published articles on textual problems in various Latin authors. Most recently, he contributed a chapter, “Editing Ovid: Immortal Author and Material Text”, to the Blackwell Companion to Ovid, edited by Peter Knox (December 2007).  

Selected Books and articles
Contact Information
Office: 1532 Cathedral of Learning
Phone: (412) 624-4486
Office Hours,

Monday                1:00 PM -2:00 PM
Tuesday              11:00AM-12:00PM
Wednesday       10:00 AM -11:00 AM
and by appointment

SPRING , 2017 Courses
Course Listing Name Days Time Location
CLASS 1220/HIS 1781 Roman History MW 3:00-4:15pm LAWRN 203
LATIN 1902 Dir. Study Tactitus      
GREEK 1902 Dir. Study Plato Georgias