Christina M. Hoenig

  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Director of the Graduate Program in Classics, Philosophy and Ancient Science.


Office 1502A
Department of Classics
Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue


I am a native German, spent twelve years in the United Kingdom and came to the U.S. in 2013 to work for Pitt. 

Education & Training

  • Ph.D. in Classics, Cambridge University, UK
  • MPhil in Hebrew Studies, Cambridge University, UK

Representative Publications

‘Notes on the Etymologies in Plato’s Cratylus’, Classical Quarterly Forthcoming (2019)

'Augustine and the Prophecy of Plato, Tim. 29c3,' in Pavlos, P., Janby, L.F., Tollefsen T.T., Emilsson, E. (eds.), Platonism and Christian Thought. Studies in Philosophy and Theology in Late Antiquity. Routledge. Forthcoming (2019)

Plato’s Timaeus in the Latin Tradition. The Cambridge Classical Series. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

‘Calcidius’, in Tarrant, H., Baltzly, D. et al. (eds.), A Companion to the Reception of Plato in Antiquity. Brill, 2017.

‘Calcidius and the Creation of the Universe’, Rhizomata 2/1 (2014).

‘Εἰκὼς λόγος. Plato in Translation(s).’, Methodos. Savoirs et textes 13: Interpréter en contexte (2013).

Research Interests

My research focuses on the Roman and Greek philosophical writers from the 1st century BC to Late Antiquity. One of my central themes of interest is the translation of Greek philosophical vocabulary into Latin. In the past, I have also worked on Hebrew-Latin biblical translation. The larger part of my current research concentrates on the Latin Platonic tradition, especially on topics in natural philosophy and epistemology, but I am also interested in the Greek commentators on Plato and Aristotle.

Research Category

What we've been up to lately

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones is now under contract to submit revised texts, translations, and commentaries for the recently inaugurated second edition of Brill’s New Jacoby (“BNJ2”). The first twenty-one entries will take him through a September 1, 2018 deadline, with the remaining (more substantial) authors to follow later on a new deadline.

  • Dr. Mae Smethurst Mae was invited by the Classics Department of the University of Kyoto to give two lectures - one on Euripides' "Medea", April 20th, and another on Sophocles' "Antigone", May 1tth.

  • Dr. Jacques Bromberg spent four weeks in May and June 2017 traveling over 2,000km around Sicily with fifteen Pitt undergraduates, as part of the Classics Department’s new study abroad program.

  • Congratulations to Classics major, Allie Roos, on her acceptance to the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome for the spring term, 2017!

  • In the spring term 2016, Dr. Christina Hoenig carried out research at the Sorbonne University in Paris, spoke at a conference on Plato’s dialogue Timaeus at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and from there travelled to Dublin, Ireland, where she held a visiting fellowship at the Plato Centre of Trinity College.

  • Dr. Nicholas F. Jones' completed texts, translations, and commentaries on the major Athenian historians Androtion and Philochoros were uploaded at Brill's New Jacoby—the updated edition of Felix Jacoby's Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker.

  • Dr. Andrew Korzeniewski, who joined the Classics faculty in 2016-2017 as a Visiting Lecturer, was voted Professor of the Month for March 2016 by the Lambda Sigma Honor Society, Pitt’s Sophomore class Honors Society

  • Dr. Carrie Weaver's monograph, The Bioarchaeology of Classical Kamarina: Life and Death in Greek Sicily, was published by the University Press of Florida in September 2015. Dr. Weaver joined the Classics faculty in 2016-2017 as a Visiting Assistant Professor.

  • A.W. Mellon Professor Emeritus H. P. Stahl has just completed a major study of Vergil's Aeneid.  The book is entitled Poetry Underpinning Power: Vergil's Aeneid for Emperor Augustus. A Recovery Study