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Victoria Austen

Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Classics, Classics

Education & Professional History

Swansea University, BA; King's College London, MA, PhD

My current research focuses primarily on the intersection of literature and material culture in the analysis of Roman gardens and landscapes. More broadly, I am interested in Latin literature, especially from the Late Republic and Early Empire; Roman history and material culture; race and ethnicity in the ancient and modern world; and the reception of Classics in modern media. I have taught classes covering a wide range of topics, from Latin literature to the reception of the ancient world through film, as well as mythology, history, and visual and material culture.


At Carleton since 2022.

Highlights & Recent Activity

Winnipeg Free Press Feature: ‘Modern twist on teaching classics: Professor puts students’ skills to the test editing Wikipedia entries’.

Classical Association of Canada Elaine Fantham Award for Public Engagement 2022 (awarded to Peopling the Past team).

Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

Organizations & Scholarly Affiliations

Social Media Co-Ordinator, Peopling the Past (2022-)

Communications Officer, Women’s Network of Classical Association of Canada (2019-2022).

Current Courses

  • Fall 2022
    LATN 101: Elementary Latin
  • Winter 2023
    CLAS 119: Under the Ashes of Vesuvius
  • Spring 2023
    CLAS 175: Writing the City of Rome: Image, Text, and Site