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Laura Marshall

Laura Marshall

Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

317 Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802 Office Phone: (814) 863-8943


  1. Ph.D. in Greek and Latin, The Ohio State University (2017)
  2. B.A. in Literature, Patrick Henry College (2009)


I am a Hellenist who focuses on the intersection of literature and philosophy in Greek authors, particularly the ways that literary authors respond to philosophical critiques and incorporate philosophical ideas and allusions into their works. I am also interested in issues of translation and the history of Classical scholarship.
I enjoy teaching Greek language and literature at all levels, as well as courses in translation (Classical Mythology, Greek Civilization, and Ancient Warfare). Through these courses, I encourage students to discover modes of thought and analytical skills they can use to understand the contemporary world and pursue their individual goals.
Student Testimonial

“The Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies is an incredibly helpful community of individuals who love to learn. The faculty members of this department are very thoughtful and provide invaluable assistance to otherwise confused undergraduates. (...)
The smaller department size allows students to establish relationships with faculty and to establish a community in a school that might otherwise seem dauntingly large. The Classics and the study of the ancient Mediterranean world are strong at Penn State. For a school that prides itself on cutting-edge research and applied sciences, Penn State is a superb promoter of the Humanities. This support allows the CAMS department to recruit world-class faculty, provide generous funding and aid to undergraduates, and establish resources for research. The structure of the department was a perfect fit for me and allowed me to explore a wide-range of subjects related to my interests. In my four years in the program, I strengthened my Latin and Greek and was also able to study Egyptian Hieroglyphs and Sumerian. I now look forward to continuing my training in philology as I pursue graduate study.”

Timothy W. Dooley
2011 CAMS graduate

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