Professor of Classics

Sara Myers

Office: B007 Cocke Hall
Office Phone: 924-3036
E-mail: ksm8m@virginia.edu

Research Interests

My research interests center on Latin literature and its contexts. I am currently working on Catullus and Ovid and on Statius' poetics of commencement. I have ongoing interests in Silver Latin epic, Roman gardens, and in representations of women in ancient literature.

Selected Publications

  • Ovid's Causes: Cosmogony and Aetiology in the Metamorphoses, The University of Michigan Press, 1994.
  • Vertis in usum: Studies in honor of E. Courtney, ed. J. Miller, C. Damon, K.S. Myers, Munich 2002.
  • Ovid Metamorphoses 14. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. Cambridge. 2009.

  • "Ovid Ex Ponto 4.8 and the Fasti" (forthcoming Classical Quarterly)
  • "Ovid's Reception of Ovid in the Exile Poetry," forthcoming in A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid. Edited by C. Newlands and J. Miller. Wiley-Blackwell.
  • "Statius on Poetic Invocation and Inspiration," forthcoming in Brill's Companion to Statius. Edited by C. Newlands and W. Dominik.
  • "Catullan Contexts in Ovid's Metamorphoses," in Catullus: Poems, Books, Readers. Edited by I. Du Quesnay and A. J. Woodman, 239-54. Cambridge, 2012.
  • "Ovid Bibliography" Oxford Bibliographies Online. 2010.
  • "Introduction." Ovid, The Metamorphoses. Translated by Horace Gregory. Signet Classics.
  • "Ovid Bibliography." Oxford Bibliographies Online. Entries on Tibullus, Elegiac, and Iambic Poetry for the forthcoming Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece and Rome.
  • "Representations of Gardens in Roman Literature," forthcoming in Gardens of the Roman Empire, Cambridge.
  • Gardens of Pliny, Statius, Martial, Ovid, Varro, entries forthcoming in Gardens of the Roman Empire, Vol. I, Cambridge.
  • "Imperial Poetry" in The Blackwell Companion to the Roman Empire, ed. D. Potter, 439-52. Blackwell, 2006.
  • "Docta otia: Garden ownership and configurations of leisure in Statius and Pliny the Younger," Arethusa 38 (2005): 103-29.
  • "Italian Myths in Metamorphoses 14" Hermathena 177-78 (2004-2005) 91-112 2003.
  • "Psittacus Redux: Imitation and Literary Polemic in Statius Silvae 2.4" in Vertis in usum: Studies in honor of E. Courtney, ed. J. Miller, C. Damon, K.S. Myers (Munich 2002) 189-99.
  • "Miranda fides: Poet and Patrons in Paradoxographical Landscapes in Statius Silvae," MD 44 (2000) 103-38.
  • "The Metamorphosis of a Poet: Recent Work on Ovid," JRS 89 (1999) 190-204.
  • "The Poet and the Procuress: The Lena in Latin Love Elegy," JRS 86 (1996) 1-21.
  • "Ultimus Ardor: Pomona and Vertumnus in Ovid's Met. 14.623-771," CJ 89 (1994) 225-50.
  • "The Lizard and the Owl: An Etymological Pair in Ovid, Metamorphoses, Book 5,"AJP 113 (1992) 63-68.
  • "Ovid Amores 2.6 : Programmatics and the Parrot," Echos du Monde Classique/Classical Views, 34, n.s.9 (1990) 367-74.


I received my AB from Oberlin College and my PhD from Stanford University. I taught at Princeton for one year, and at the University of Michigan for six years before coming to UVA in 1997.