Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Laura Zientek


Visiting Assistant Professor of Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Humanities
Latin and Greek epic poetry, Early Imperial Roman Literature, Landscape Studies and Cultural Geography, Roman Philosophy
(503) 517-4882

Education and Experience

B.A. 2007 University of Puget Sound
M.A. 2009, Ph.D. 2014 University of Washington

My teaching has focused on Latin and Greek epic poetry, the philosophy of Plato and Seneca, the golden age of Rome, and women's lives and experiences in the ancient Mediterranean in addition to courses on the mythology, literature, and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. In my research, I study how the peoples of Greece and Rome experienced and represented the world in which they lived, from theories of natural philosophy to its intersection with depictions and descriptions of landscapes, poetic treatments of built environments and architecture that mirrors the natural world, as well as the sublime as a multisensory aesthetic experience. I am currently co-editing a collection of papers on the Roman epic poet Lucan and his contemporary contexts.