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Nandini Pandey

Associate Professor of Classics (Berkeley, Ph.D. 2011)
Latin poetry; Augustan literature, history and culture; ethnicity, identity, and diversity in antiquity; classical reception from the Middle Ages to modernity
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966 Van Hise Hall

Dr. Pandey's first book, The Poetics of Power in Augustan Rome: Latin Poetic Responses to Early Imperial Iconography (Cambridge 2018), explores the complex relations among Roman poets, their audiences, and early imperial power. Her next project explores diversity and ethnic difference in Roman imperial literature and culture. She has published scholarly articles on a wide range of topics including Vergil and Ovid's engagement with Augustan art and ideology, the Julian star, women's hair in Latin elegy, Lucan's Bellum Civile, Roman provincial subjecthood, the reception of Vergil, and John Webster's Duchess of Malfi, many available on her Academia.edu website. She also writes regular features for Eidolon on classics in modern life, from HBO's Westworld and Pixar's Coco to America's war on terror and the racial politics of classics. Dr. Pandey came to Classics via her love of English literature and earned degrees at Swarthmore, Oxford, Cambridge, and Berkeley before arriving at UW-Madison in 2014. She teaches courses in translation on the Romans, Revenge, the Age of Augustus, and Western Civ (ILS 203) and teaches Latin at all levels, most recently courses on the Aeneid, Lucan, Republican Latin, Medieval Latin, and Imagining Empire.