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Washington and Lee University

Washington and Lee University

David P. C. Carlisle

Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics

Baker Hall 308
(540) 458-5349


Ph.D. Classics. UNC Chapel Hill. May, 2009.

M.A. Greek. UNC Chapel Hill. May, 2006.

B.A. Classical Languages. Carleton College. June, 2003. Magna cum Laude.


Ancient Narrative (especially Epic Poetry, Historiography, and the Ancient Novel); Mythology and Religion; Social History; Literary Theory (especially Narratology and Reception Theory).


  • Sunoikisis Maymester in Greece
  • Advanced Latin Seminars on: Apuleius; Tacitus; Literature of the Roman Empire, 70-180 CE
  • Advanced Latin Prose (301)
  • Intermediate Latin
  • Introductory Latin
  • Intermediate Greek
  • Introductory Greek
  • Classical Mythology
  • The Language of Leadership: Classical Rhetoric in Theory and Practice
  • Greek Civilization
  • Etymology

Selected Research

"‘Far and Away the Best': C. S. Lewis' Dialogue with Apuleius in Till We Have Faces," in preparation. (article)

Divine Revelation in the Ancient Novels, in preparation. (monograph)

Review of J. Prag and I. Repath, eds. Petronius: A Handbook. In Classical Journal Online; submitted. (review)

"Omnia in aliam effigiem translata: Appearance and Reality in the Roman Novel," Governor's Latin Academy (Randolph-Macon College), July 2011. (invited talk)

"Hatred and Hating in Tacitus' Annals," CAMWS, Grand Rapids, April 2011. (conference talk)

"Confession, Reevaluation, and the Subjectivity of Religious Experience in C. S. Lewis's Use of Apuleius,"
APA, Orange County (Anaheim), January 2010. (conference talk)

Review of J. C. Relihan, trans. Apuleius: The Tale of Cupid and Psyche. In Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2009.09.25. (review)

"The Problem of Amphiaraos in Herodotus' Histories," CAMWS, Minneapolis, April 2009. (conference talk)

"The World of the Ancient Novel," The University of Oklahoma, February 2009. (invited talk)

"Repositioning Hesiod's Works and Days in the Context of a Changing Society," CAMWS, Tucson, 2008. (conference talk)

"Vigilans somniabar: Some Narrative Uses of Dreams in Apuleius' Metamorphoses," in Paideia at Play: Learning and Wit in Apuleius (AN Suppl. 11), ed. Werner Riess. Groningen. 2008: 215-233. (article)