Political Science Major

Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Classics


55 Exeter Street

Contact Information

Phone: 780-4917

“Classics is the original interdisciplinary major.  Want to improve your writing? Take Latin.  Interested in ethics?  Try Greek tragedy.  Love visual culture?  Study ancient art.  Want a better vocabulary?  Etymology is for you.  Want to know more about who you are?  Immerse yourself in another world: as a recent graduate put it, come see how flexible a classics degree can be!”

- Jeannine Diddle Uzzi, Associate Professor of Classics

Academic Degrees
B.A., Hamilton College, 1993
Ph.D., Duke University, 1998

Jeannine Diddle Uzzi was drawn to classics by the fact that it combines the rigorous study of language with the holistic study of culture.  A member of the USM faculty since 2002, Professor Uzzi teaches ancient Greek, Latin, mythology, and ancient literature, civilization and art.  She also teaches in the Honors Program and the online Liberal Studies-Humanities major and is an affiliated scholar of the Women and Gender Studies Program.

Professor Uzzi believes that “classics develops students’ critical thinking, reading and writing skills, preparing them for a wide range of careers and professions.” She uses 21st century technology and social media tools–Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, and WordPress–in her courses and participates in Sunoikisis, an online classics consortium administered by Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C., where she is a Fellow and Director of the Maymester study program in Greece.

Professor Uzzi's most recent research explores the sexualization of children in Greek and Roman art. Currently under contract with Cambridge University Press is her Complete Poems of Catullus: An Annotated Translation, a collaboration with Jeffrey Thomson, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Research Interests

Roman Imperial Sculpture and Political Ideology

Family History and the History of Sexuality

Latin Poetry

Recent Publications

“The Age of Consent:  Children and Sexuality in Ancient Greece and Rome,” In G. Coskunsu, ed., The Archaeology of Children: Interdisciplinary Approaches (forthcoming 2013, SUNY Press)

“The Power of Parenthood: Women and Children in Official Roman Art,” In J. Rutter and A. Cohen, eds., Constructions of Childhood in Ancient Greece and Italy, Hesperia Supplement 41 (American School of Classical Studies at Athens 2007)

Children in the Visual Arts of Imperial Rome (Cambridge University Press 2005)