Kathryn Caliva

Kathryn Caliva

I teach courses in classical languages, literature, and culture, including Roman and Greek history and ancient religions. My research focuses on the intersection of poetry and religion, and I am particularly interested in the construction of authority, forms of efficacious speech, and the voices of women. I am also interested in these topics across disciplinary boundaries and approach classics through an interdisciplinary lens in both teaching and research.

Areas of Expertise

  • Greek Literature
  • Myth, Magic, and Ancient Religion
  • Greek and Latin Epigraphy
  • Speech and Narrative Authority
  • Pedagogy

Courses Taught

  • Elementary Latin I (LAT 101)
  • Roman Historians (LAT 330)
  • Greek History (HIST 240)
  • Elementary Latin II (LAT 102)
  • Ancient Religions (HIST 250)
  • Roman History (HIST 241)


  • Ph.D., Classics, The Ohio State University
  • M.A., Classical Studies, Indiana University
  • B.A., Humanities, Providence College

Publications & Articles

  • “The Past Made Present: Mythic References and Pragmatic Effects in Sappho.” American Journal of Philology 140.3 (2019), 413-438.
  • “Speech Acts and Embedded Narrative Structure in the Getty Hexameters.” Archiv für Religionsgeschichte17.1 (2016), 139-164.


  • Invited to participate in the workshop Myth as Religious Knowledge at Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany (December 2018).
  • Co-organized What’s So Funny: Discovering and Interpreting Humor in the Ancient World, an international, interdisciplinary conference at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio (April 2018).

Research Interests

  • Female solidarity in Greek literature
  • Religious knowledge and narrative authority