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 and Epic
  • Genre, Intertextuality, and Reception

About Kenneth Draper

My principal research interest is genre and intertextuality in Latin poetry, especially of the Augustan period. In my current book project, Non-Lyric Voices in Horace’s Odes: The Poetics of Disguise and Infiltration, I consider Horace’s positioning with respect to non-lyric genres in his first collection of Odes and examine how this generic program responds to the social climate in the wake of Rome’s civil wars. Recent and current side projects include two articles on the Aeneid: one on the erotics of Turnus’ pursuit of the phantom Aeneas in Book 10; the other on the language of disease in the scene of the Sibyl’s inspiration in Book 6. I am also interested in the afterlives of Augustan poetry and have done work on Ausonius’ (4th cent. CE) reuse of Virgil and Ovid and on the role that Virgil and Horace played as models for translators in 17th century England.