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Amy Koenig’s research concentrates on Greek and Latin literature of the Roman Empire. She is the author of The Fractured Voice: Silence and Power in Imperial Roman Literature (University of Wisconsin Press, 2024), a study of literary depictions of muteness and silencing in the Roman Empire, illuminating ways in which voicelessness enables a paradoxical kind of liberation in these texts. She has also published work on the ancient novel and the poetry of Ovid, completed a number of dictionary entries in Latin, and edited Greek papyrus texts from the Oxyrhynchus collection at the University of Oxford, where she earned a Master of Studies degree in 2010. Before joining the faculty on the tenure track in 2021, Koenig served as a visiting faculty member at the University of Miami and at Hamilton; from 2020-21, she held the SCS/NEH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Latin lexicography at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich.

Recent Courses Taught

Exploring Ancient Fiction: The Greek and Roman Novels
Odysseys: Homer and Beyond
Perpetua and Martial
Intermediate Latin
Classical Mythology
Elementary Greek I and II
Greek and Roman Medicine
Roman Civilization
Apuleius and Augustine: Conversion Stories


  • Class of 1963 Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College
  • SCS/NEH Thesaurus Linguae Latinae Postdoctoral Fellowship, Munich, Germany
  • Postdoctoral fellowship, Consortium for Faculty Diversity
  • Research scholarship, Fondation Hardt pour l’etude de l’antiquite classique, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching
  • Deanne H. and Herbert S. Winokur Fellowship in the Humanities, Harvard University

Select Publications

  • The Fractured Voice: Silence and Power in Imperial Roman Literature. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin Press. 2024.
  • Dictionary entries, Thesaurus Linguae Latinae, Munich: recutio, redoleo (vol. XI, part 2, 2016), nectareus, nectaria (vol. IX, part 1, 2018), repercussio (vol. XI, part 2, 2021), resimus, resupinus (vol. XI, part 2, 2023).
  • “The Pantomimic Voice: Echo, Narcissus, and Reflections of Pantomime in Ovid’s Metamorphoses.” Greek and Roman Musical Studies 9.2, 320–340. 2021.
  • “The Fragrance of the Rose: An Image of the Voice in Achilles Tatius.” Voice and Voices in Antiquity, Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World 11, Mnemosyne Supplements 396, ed. Niall Slater (Brill: Leiden), 416–432. 2017. (Reviewed in BMCR 2017.07.30)
  •  “P. Oxy. 5099. Letter of Heras to Theon and Sarapous.” The Oxyrhynchus Papyri LXXVI (Egypt Exploration Society, Graeco-Roman Memoirs: London), 202–204. 2011.
  • “P. Oxy. 5100. Letter of Hymenaeus to Dionysius,” with M. Salemenou. The Oxyrhynchus Papyri LXXVI (Egypt Exploration Society, Graeco-Roman Memoirs: London), 204–206. 2011.

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Educational Background

Ph.D., Harvard University
M.St., University of Oxford
B.A., Yale University

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