Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses and Associate professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies

Lic. phil. University of Basel
Lic. phil. University of Berne
Dr. phil. University of Zurich

Room: 55 Laurier Avenue East, Room 10121
Bureau: 613-562-5800 ext. 1322
Courriel professionnel: karin.schlapbach@uOttawa.ca

Karin Schlapbach


Member of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and thereby authorized to supervise theses.

Karin Schlapbach currently works on a book tentatively entitled “The anatomy of theatre discourse. Conceptualizing dance and theatre in the Roman imperial period.” A philologist by training, she cultivates an interest in cultural history and philosophy. She is the author of a commentary on the first book of Augustine’s dialogue against the Sceptics, a text that examines various ways of attaining knowledge, among them divination (De Gruyter, 2003). She has also written on the changing role of landscape and solitude for literary production in Late Antiquity. She has contributed to a number of reference works, in particular The New PaulyAugustinus Lexikon and Reallexikon für Antike und Christentum.


Dr. Karin Schlapbach was awarded the Mary White Prize for Best Article in Phoenix for 2015 for her article “Music and Meaning in Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe: The Inset Tales in Their Performative Settings” (Phoenix 69.1-2, 79-99).

Courses taught

  • LCL 3100 First approach to Latin prose
  • LCL 4100 Ovid, Metamorphoses
  • LCL 4100 Vergil, Eclogues and Georgics
  • LCL 4500 Horace, Epîtres et Art poétique
  • LCL 4500 L’élégie romaine entre amour et exil
  • CLA 3130 The ancient symposion and its literatures
  • CLA 3130 Rhetoric and Education in the Ancient World: History, Theory and Practice
  • CLA 3530 Augustin et l’invention de l’autobiographie dans l’antiquité
  • CLA 5923 Saint Augustine
  • CLA 5923 Dialogue in late antiquity

Selected publications

Music and Meaning in Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe: The Inset Tales in Their Performative Settings. Phoenix 69.1-2 (2015) 79-99.

The Temporality of the Muses in Late Antique Latin Literature, forthcoming in C. Wedepohl et al. (eds), The Muses and Their Afterlife in Post-Classical Europe, Warburg Colloquia Series, Turin.

Dance and Discourse in Plutarch, Table Talks 9.15, in P. Fleury / Th. Schmidt (eds), Regards sur la seconde sophistique. Toronto: Phoenix supplementa (2011) 149-168.

The logoi of philosophers in Lucian of Samosata, Classical Antiquity 29.2 (2010) 250-277.

Spectaculum naturae as ‘Theatrical’ Experience: New Uses of an Old Comparison, Studia Patristica 44 (2010) 421-426.

Stoff und Performance in pantomimischen Mytheninszenierungen der Antike, in: U. Dill / C. Walde (eds), Antike Mythen. Medien, Transformationen, Konstruktionen (Berlin / New York 2009) 740-756.

Lucian’s On Dancing and the models for a discourse on pantomime, in: E. Hall / R. Wyles (eds), New directions in Ancient Pantomime (Oxford 2008) 314-337.

The pleasance, solitude and literary production. The transformation of the locus amoenus in Late Antiquity, Jahrbuch für Antike und Christentum 50 (2007) 34-50.

Fields of Interest

  • Littérature de l’antiquité tardive
  • Discussions du théâtre
  • Philosophie de l’époque impériale
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