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Sarah Spence

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Distinguished Research Professor Emerita

Sarah Spence’s research focuses on the medieval reception of classical Latin literature. In her first book, Rhetorics of Reason and Desire (Cornell UP), she traced the adaptation of rhetoric and rhetorical strategies by early Christian and medieval vernacular authors. Her latest book, The Return of Proserpina (Princeton UP) illuminates a history of mytho-political discourse from its origins in Roman antiquity to its Christian apotheosis in the late Middle Ages. This book examines the threads that bind Sicily to the imperial future of Rome and ultimately, through the long reception of Latin poetry, to medieval ideas of redemption. Between these two monographs she has published numerous volumes on classical, medieval and early modern topics, while also editing a series of books and journals, including serving as Editor-in-chief of Speculum, the journal of the Medieval Academy of America (201419 and a digital supplement) and Interim Editor for Dumbarton Oaks Publications (2019–21) where she oversaw peer review of a number of volumes.



Research Interests:

Latin Poetry, Medieval Vernacular Poetry, Rhetoric

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UGA Classics explores Greek and Roman culture (material; intellectual; religious) from Troy to Augustine; Classical languages and literatures (Greek, Latin, and in English translation); and the reception of Classical Antiquity with A.B. and M.A. Classics degrees with multiple areas of emphasis. Double Dawgs degrees focus on careers in Historic Preservation and World Language Education. Minor degrees in Classical Culture and Classics and Comparative Cultures complement degree programs across campus. New to Classics? Take a course with us on campus or in Europe and acquire future-ready skills.

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