Elizabeth Heintges

Graduate Student



  • Latin poetry of the imperial period
  • Hellenistic literature and history 
  • Cultural memory; posteriority
  • Epigraphy and archaeology

A New York City native, 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 areas of interest align with what might be deemed “post-canonical” epochs of antiquity (primarily the Hellenistic and Flavian periods). While her research spans a wide range of subjects, Elizabeth is primarily drawn to the constant interplay with and renegotiation of tradition (whether literary or socio-political/cultural) and the memory of the past, as well as cross-cultural interactions more broadly. She is currently exploring these ideas over the course of her work on her Greek M.Phil. paper, which examines cultural exchange between eastern Sicily under Hieron II and the eastern Hellenistic kingdoms, supervised by Professor John Ma. Additionally, she hopes to develop these ideas further in her on-going study of landscape and cultural memory in the poetry of Statius and Martial.

Elizabeth has given papers on erotic and generic paradigms in Daphnis and Chloe and the rhetoric of aging in archaic Greek lyric. She will be presenting her work on volcanic imagery in Claudian's De Raptu Proserpinae at a conference on late antique Latin poetry at Oxford this March. She has also published articles on early Seleucid coinage and on aging and epinician. 

At Columbia, Elizabeth has served as a Teaching Assistant for “Egypt in the Classical World,” and is currently the Teaching Assistant for Greek 2102 (Homer). She is the current coordinator of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean, as well as the co-organizer of the departmental colloquium series. Participating in university efforts to expand the audiences and scope of the study of the ancient world, Elizabeth has performed in the Barnard/Columbia Ancient Drama Group's productions of Sophocles' Trachiniae (Deianeira/Heracles), Euripides' Ion (Creusa), and Aeschylus' Choephoroi (chorus/Nurse) and recently co-organized a graduate student conference on "Refuge and Refugees in the Ancient World" that sought to put ancient representations of refugees and notions of refuge in dialogue with the contemporary refugee crisis. She also has been part of the Columbia archaeological team excavating at Hadrian's Villa (Lazio, Italy), for the past two seasons. 

To balance her studies, Elizabeth enjoys a healthy crossword puzzle obsession, evenings at the opera, cooking spicy foods, and binge-watching episodes of "University Challenge."