Christina M. Hoenig

  • Associate Professor


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Department of Classics
Cathedral of Learning
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Christina Hoenig is an associate professor in Classics. She completed her Ph.D. thesis ‘Plato’s Timaeus in the Latin Tradition’ at the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2013. One of Dr. Hoenig research interests is the role of Greek-Latin translation in the Roman philosophical tradition from ca. the first century CE until Late Antiquity. She has explored this subject in various research articles on authors such as Cicero, Lucretius, Apuleius, Calcidius, and St. Augustine, mostly in the context of rhetoric, epistemology, natural philosophy, and metaphysics.

Her monograph Plato’s Timaeus and the Latin Tradition (Cambridge University Press, 2018) focuses on the Roman authors Cicero, Apuleius, Calcidius, and Augustine in their specific role as interpreters of Plato. It illustrates how each author created original new contexts and settings for the intellectual heritage he received and thereby contributed to the construction of the complex and multifaceted genre of Roman Platonism. The comprehensive and contextualized nature of her research counteracts more disintegrated views of the authors’ specific brands of Roman Platonism, and shows that each of them offers a coherent and nuanced treatment of Platonic doctrine.

More recently, Dr. Hoenig’s research has focused on a range of topics, including the socio- cultural status of medicine and medical knowledge during the era of the Second Sophistic, the development of philosophical methodology in Late Antiquity, and the debate about the interpretation of Plato’sCratylus, in particular, the role of the dialogue’s etymological section. She also has a keen interest in the environmental humanities, and is currently researching St. Augustine's attitude toward our natural environment and the correlation between it and our human nature. Of particular interests in this context are Augustine’s thoughts concerning those elements of our natural environment that appear hostile toward humans: what consequences we may draw from their existence concerning our moral condition, and what relationship we ought to build with our natural environment as a whole.

Dr. Hoenig has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in Classical literature, philosophy, and language, and has organized and presented at numerous interdisciplinary workshops and conferences. From 2015-2019, she served as the director of the Joint Graduate Program in Classics, Philosophy, and Ancient Science. She is an affiliated faculty member at Pitt’s Department of the History and Philosophy of Science. She currently serves as her department’s Director of Graduate Studies and as a member of Pitt’s Graduate Council.

Education & Training

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

Representative Publications

Forthcoming (2021): ‘Medicine in Apuleius of Madauros’ in Reggiani, N. (ed.) La Trasmissione del Sapere Medico. Papyrotheke Studies and Texts of Papyrology and Ancient Writing Cultures. Parma: Athenaeum Academic Publications. 

Forthcoming (2021): ‘Philosophy in Translation’ in Shearin, W. (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Philosophy. Oxford University Press.

‘Calcidius’ Philosophical Method’, Ancient Philosophy 41/1 (2021), pp. 185-206.

‘Calcidius on Cosmic Harmony,’ in Petrucci, F., Pelosi, F. (eds.), Music and Philosophy in the Roman Empire. Cambridge University Press, 2020. 

'Notes on the Etymologies in Plato’s Cratylus', Classical Quarterly 2019.

‘Apuleius' Platonism’, Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press, 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, 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).

Conference Presentations & Colloquia

Seminar talk at Pittburgh's Beatrice Institute on "Augustine of Hippo on Human and Non-Human Animals, " March 29, 2021.  

Colloquium talk at Pitt's Humanities Center on "Augustine of Hippo on Nature and the Environment, " March 18, 2021.

Online Presentation: Prof. Reydams-Schils's monograph Calcidius on Plato's Timaeus. Greek Philosophy, Latin Reception, and Christian Contexts, organized by Cambridge University Press, March 25, 2021.

Research Category

What we've been up to lately

  • For four weeks in May, Dr. Carrie Weaver and 15 Pitt undergrads studied and traveled in Sicily through the Classics Department's Pitt in Sicily study abroad program. In the classroom, the students studied Greek archaeology and read works of ancient Greek literature that were directly connected to the island. On excursion, they circumnavigated Sicily and were able to experience first-hand many of the sites and objects that they learned about in class

  • This past June, Dr. Jacques A. Bromberg chaired a paper session at the second workshop on Conflict Resolution in Ancient and Modern Contexts: Theory and Genre at King’s College London (read about the workshop here). He was joined by colleagues from Colombia, Brazil, the UK, USA, Spain, and Germany in producing new research on how Classical literature exemplifies and showcases conflict resolution skills. In April, Dr. Bromberg attended the first workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, where he presented a paper entitled "Peace through Sport: Modern Lessons from Ancient Sources".

  • 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 11th, 2018.