Department of Classics
Professor, Latin Poetry
Associate Dean (Faculty of Humanities), Graduate Studies and Research
BA Hons, MA (Queen’s), PhD (Ohio State)
St Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
Phone: 905 688 5550 ext. 3320
Fax: 905 984 4859
- LATI 1F00: Introductory Latin Language (fall and winter)
Professor Merriam’s research is based in the field of Augustan poetry, particularly elegy. She has published a number of articles in this area and a book that examines the use of the figure of Venus by the Augustan elegists, Love and Propaganda: Augustan Venus and the Latin Love Elegists (Brussels, Collections Latomus 2006). In addition, she has written a book on the controversial genre, the epyllion, titled The Development of the Epyllion as a Genre (Mellen Press, 2001).
- “She Who Laughs Best: Ovid, Ars Amatoria 3.279-290,” Latomus 70: 2010/2011: 405-421.
- “Rewriting Grief: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Re-crafting of Ancient Poetry of Grief and Loss” Rewriting Text, Remaking Image (edd. L. Boldt-Irons, C. Federici, E. Virgulti) (Peter Lang Publishing 2010) 97-106.
- “The Seductiveness of Deception: Ovid’s Advice to Lovers” Disguise, Deception, Trompe l’Oeil (edd. L. Boldt-Irons, C. Federici, E. Virgulti) (Peter Lang Publishing 2008) 21-40.
- Edition of The Life of John Wilkes (collaboration with Dr. J. Sainsbury, Department of History) Studies in Voltaire and the Eighteenth Century 6 (2008) 263-310.
- “Sleeping Beauty: Propertius 1.3,” Beauty and the Abject: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (edd. L. Boldt-Irons, C. Federici, E. Virgulti) (Peter Lang Publishing, 2007) 253-266.
- Love and Propaganda: Augustan Venus and the Latin Love Elegists (Brussels, Collections Latomus 2006).
- “Sulpicia and the Art of Literary Allusion” chapter in Women Poets in Ancient Greece and Rome, ed. Ellen Greene (University of Oklahoma Press, 2005) 158-168.
- “Either With Us Or Against Us: The Parthian in Augustan Ideology” Scholia 13 (2005) 56-70.
Recent Papers Presented:
- “The Sights of Rome: The Einsiedeln Itinerary” (in collaboration with Dr. A. Jansen), Department of Classics Research Seminar Series, Brock University, November 2010.
- “The Epyllion: Diverting and Subverting the Heroic” presented at The International Symposium Das Epyllion: Gattung ohne Geschichte?, University of Zurich, Switzerland, July 2009.
- “Lusimus Satis: Catullus 61 and the Maturing of the Poet’s World,” Department of Classics Research Seminar Series, Brock University, March 2009.
- “Rewriting Grief: Edna St. Vincent Millay’s Re-crafting of Ancient Poetry of Grief and Loss,” Image and Imagery V: Re-Making, Re-writing, Re-discovery, Brock University,October 2008.
- “Dishevelled and Dangerous: Mad Women and Social Convention in Ancient Poetry,” Madness Manifest: Creativity, Art and the Margins of Mental Health Symposium, Brock University, January 2008.