The Rhetorical Tradition
Roman Rhetorical Education
Early Modern Reception of Antiquity
Charles McNamara received his Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia in 2016 and his A.B. from Harvard in 2007. He returned to Columbia in 2017 as a Core Lecturer in Contemporary Civilization. In 2016, he also received from Columbia the Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. Before taking up his current position, he was the National Endowment for the Humanities/Society for Classical Studies postdoctoral fellow at the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in Munich.
He recently co-edited Quasi Labor Intus: Ambiguity in Latin Literature with Michael Fontaine (Cornell) and William Short (Exeter), and he is currently writing a new monograph entitled Humanist Certainty on Quintilian and his central role in the long tradition of viewing ‘certainty’ as a matter of consensus, an understanding at odds with the modern concept of the same name.
Dissertation: Quintilian's Theory of Certainty and Its Afterlife in Early Modern Italy (2016)