Elizabeth Heintges

Graduate Student



  • Latin and Hellenistic Greek literature

  • Cultural geography and history of Hellenistic and Roman Sicily

  • Late Antique poetry

  • Numismatics and epigraphy

A life-long New Yorker, Elizabeth received her B.A. in Classics from Reed College (2013), where she wrote her undergraduate thesis on genre and intertextuality in the Cyrenean ktisis narratives of Callimachus and Pindar. She joined the Ph.D. program after receiving a M.A. in Classics from Columbia (2015).

Elizabeth’s research, broadly conceived, examines constructions of space, cultural geography, landscape, and memory in Latin and Greek literature (with an eye to comparanda in the historical and archaeological record). Her dissertation, "Between myth and memory: Sicily in Roman literature (1st c. BCE – 1st c. CE)," explores the island of Sicily in the Hellenistic and Roman periods and its polysemy in the ancient cultural imaginary within this larger framework. To better contextualize her literary investigations, Elizabeth has excavated in Sicily as a member of the field team of the American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project (AEM:CAP).

Beyond Sicily, Elizabeth has keen interests in the Latin poetry of Late Antiquity (particularly that of Claudian) and in numismatics and epigraphy. She is currently in the process of studying and cataloguing the Roman Republican coins in the Olcott Collection (held in Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library), under the direction of Jane Siegel (RBML) and Lucia Carbone (ANS). She has also been working for several years with Joe Sheppard (Columbia PhD, 2019) on the unpublished Latin and Greek inscriptions in the Olcott Collection. For a list of Elizabeth's publications and presentations, please visit her Academia.edu page.

At Columbia, Elizabeth has served as a teaching fellow and instructor of record for Intensive Elementary Latin (2019), Intermediate Latin I: Cicero and Catullus (2018), and the Elementary Greek sequence (2017-2018). She also previously served as a Teaching Assistant for "Egypt in the Classical World," and Greek 2102 (Homer). Other Columbia endeavors include coordinating the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean (2016-2018), co-organizing the Classics Colloquium series (2015-2017), acting in Barnard/Columbia Ancient Drama productions of Sophocles' Trachiniae (Deianeira/Heracles), Euripides' Ion (Creusa), and Aeschylus' Choephoroi (chorus/Nurse), and excavating with Columbia's team at Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli (2015-2016).

To balance her academic work, Elizabeth enjoys a healthy crossword puzzle obsession, evenings at the opera, and (ancient and modern) culinary experiments.