Christina M. Hoenig

  • Associate Professor
  • 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow, Humanities Center


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)

‘Apuleius' Platonism’, Oxford Bibliographies. Oxford University Press. Forthcoming (2019). Final URL tbc.

'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).

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

  • 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 1tth, 2018.