Kenneth Draper

Kenneth Draper

Assistant Professor, Classical Studies

Director of Elementary Latin, Classical Studies


  • B.A., Northwestern University, 2005
  • M.A., Indiana University, 2008
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 2015

Research areas

  • Roman Literary and Cultural History
  • Latin Lyric
  • Genre, Intertextuality, and Reception

About Kenneth Draper

My principal research concerns genre and intertextuality in Latin poetry, especially of the Augustan period. My current book project, Non-Lyric Voices in Horace’s Odes: The Poetics of Disguise and Infiltration, considers Horace’s positioning with respect to non-lyric genres in his first collection of Odes and examines how this generic dialogue responds to the socio-cultural situation in the wake of Rome’s civil wars. I am also interested in the afterlives of Augustan poetry and have undertaken side projects on Ausonius’ (4th cent. CE) reuse of Virgil and Ovid and the role that Virgil and Horace played as models for translators in 17th century England.