Peter Knox, PhD

Director and Eric and Jane Nord Family Professor of the Humanities
Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities
College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Classics
College of Arts and Sciences

Peter Knox is the Eric and Jane Nord Family Professor of the Humanities, Professor of Classics, and the Director of the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities.

He teaches a wide range of courses in Greek and Latin literature, as well as on topics in Roman culture, ancient epic and classical reception, using sources in translation.

Peter’s research interests focus primarily on Latin poetry and Greek poetry of the Hellenistic period, and he has published over a hundred articles and reviews on a wide range of subjects within those areas.

His books include Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the Traditions of Augustan Poetry (1986); Ovid, Heroides: Select Epistles (1995);Oxford Readings in Ovid (2006); and A Companion to Ovid (2009). Most recently he published The Oxford Anthology of Roman Literature (2013) in collaboration with J. C. McKeown, with whom he is also working on a companion anthology of Greek literature.

His other projects include an edition of the Greek and Latin poetry of Angelo Poliziano, forthcoming in the I Tatti Renaissance Library, and a new edition of Ovid’s Metamorphoses for the Loeb Classical Library.

He has served as the Editor of The Classical Journal and is a Past President of the Classical Association of the Middle West and South.


Doctor of Philosophy
Classical Philosophy
Harvard University
Bachelor of Arts
Classics and English and American Literature and Language
Harvard University