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Stephen Wheeler

Stephen Wheeler

Associate Professor of Classics

320 Weaver Building University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-2821


  1. B.A. 1984, Yale College, Classics (Greek)
  2. M.A. 1988, Princeton University, Classics
  3. Ph.D. 1992, Princeton University, Classics


Prof. Wheeler teaches and writes about Greek and Latin literature. In his early career, he published two books and several papers on Ovid’s Metamorphoses. He then spent two years at the Freie Universität Berlin as a Humboldt Fellow, where he embarked on two new research projects: one on the reception of Ovid’s poetry in antiquity and the Middle Ages; the other on the late antique Latin poet Claudian who created a new tradition of panegyric epic that flourished in Europe until the early nineteenth century. One of the results of Prof. Wheeler’s research on Ovidian reception is his recently completed book, Accessus ad auctores: Medieval Introductions to the Authors (Codex Latinus Monacensis 19475), which will appear at the end of 2013 in the new TEAMS Secular Commentary Series published by Medieval Institute Publications. This medieval handbook illustrates the central position that Ovid occupied in the medieval school curriculum in the twelfth century. Prof. Wheeler is now finishing a new book, The Name of Rome: Etymological Myths and Contested Meaning, which is a study of the historical and literary usage of Rome’s name as it evolved from a simple place name into the dynamic cosmic concept that animates Claudian’s political poetry. Wheeler’s future research plans include the launching of a Digital Humanities initiative to found an open access online library for Neo-latin literature of the Renaissance that makes available digital editions, commentaries, lexical support, and tools for research.

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“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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