Riemer A. Faber



Ph.D., University of Toronto
MA, University of Toronto
BA, McMaster University


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Riemer Faber

Research Interests

  • Criticism of Greek and Latin Literature
  • Hellenistic Greek and Latin Augustan Poetry
  • Ekphrasis
  • Neo-Latin Literature of the Renaissance and Reformation
  • Erasmus

I pursue research interests in two main areas: Greek and Latin poetry, and neo-Latin literature. The intertextuality of Hellenistic Greek and Latin Augustan poetry is the focus of much of my work in classical antiquity, and I read the writings of Homer, Theocritus and Apollonius, as well as Horace, Vergil and other Latin poets. Of neo-Latin literature I am particularly interested in the New Testament scholarship of Erasmus. Recent publications include articles on memory as literary figure and on description in Silius' Punica; an edition of Erasmus’ Annotations on Galatians and Ephesians; and a translation of the Synopsis Purioris Theologiae. Current projects include studies in Antimachus’ Thebaid, intermediality in epic ekphrasis, and Erasmus’ exegetical writings. I would be pleased to supervise graduate students in any of these areas.

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  • Greek and Latin Epic Poetry
  • Hellenistic Literature
  • Greek and Latin Language
  • Ancient Greek Society

I teach a range of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, from first-year Latin and Classical Civilization courses to senior seminars in Greek and Latin language and literature. For the school-year 2017-18 my undergraduate teaching includes the following: Intermediate Greek, Introductory Latin, Hellenistic Poetry, and Introduction to Ancient Greek Society.

Graduate Teaching and Supervision

I regularly teach graduate-level courses in Greek and Latin literature (both in the original languages and in translation), and I contribute to the seminar, Research Methods in Classical Studies. I am supervising (or have supervised) students researching a wide range of topics, including closure in Vergil’s Eclogues, gendered voices in Ovid's Heroides, and the descriptive mode in Flavian poetry. I regularly involve graduate students as Research Assistants or Tutorial Assistants. Enquiries from potential students are most welcome.

Administration & Service

I have served the department as undergraduate officer from 2000-2002 and 2005-2006, and as chair from 2001-2003 and 2006-2009. I was the director of the Waterloo Institute for Hellenistic Studies from 2010-2013 and 2013-2016. Currently I am member of the editorial board for the Collected Works of Erasmus, and I am a general editor of Synopsis Purioris Theologiae.

For more detailed information see my Curriculum Vitae.

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