Michael Fontaine C.V.

Research Interests

Latin literature of all time periods (antiquity through Renaissance and the Enlightenment) and classical Roman, Greek, and Renaissance society. My latest work is a book about breakups and another on addiction and bullying, both for Princeton University Press. Previous books covered wine, swine, grief, mind, and a good laugh. Next up, free speech through the ages, with projects on Plato, Plutarch, Lucian, and the Enlightenment. Oh, and I was also recently parodied on Saturday Night Live (really! see it here.) 

At Cornell, I teach courses on Ancient Rome, Greek Mythology, Wine Culture, and Latin literature of all time periods. For business executives worldwide, I teach eCornell courses on leadership from Ancient Rome and the effective use of humor in the workplace (see here for more).





Lagniappe (recent past)


Ph.D. 2003, Brown University, Classics. Dissertation: “The Sophisticated παρὰ προσδοκίαν [para prosdokian] in Plautus,” directed by Adele Scafuro

I took 1999-2000 off to study Latin in Rome with Reginald Foster as a lay student at the Pontifical Gregorian University, courtesy of a Rotary Club Ambassadorial scholarship. I spent summer 2001 at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

B.A. 1998, Millsaps College, Classics, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa

I spent spring 1997 in Rome at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, summer 1997 in Rome at Reginald Foster’s Latin school, and summer 1996 at the U.C. Berkeley Latin workshop.



Full list of books found here.