Benjamin Hicks

Areas of expertise

Roman Satire, Hellenistic Moralizing Philosophy, Augustan Poetry, Ancient Literacy and Reading Circles

My academic research interests include Roman Satire, Augustan Poetry, Hellenistic Philosophy, Hellenistic Poetry, and Ancient Literacy. My interests in pedagogy include integrating new and recent technologies to enhance classroom experience, and in Educational Psychology, and discovering new ways to better connect to students and to relate the teaching of the Greek and Latin languages to them. My goal is to acquire a tenure track job in Classics where I can put my hard won skills to work through Research, Teaching, and Service.


Ph.D, University of Texas at Austin 2013
MA, University of Florida 2002

Teaching Philosophy

I see learning as a partnership between teacher and student, both of whom have responsibilities to each other in the goal of ensuring that they've effectively learned the material.  I therefore aim to create an environment where students can "win" knowledge for themselves.

Previous Courses

Advanced Latin:  Roman Satire

Advanced Greek:  Lysias

Intermediate Greek:  Plato's Apology

Latin I


Book Length Projects in Progress

The Satiric Effect in Classical Satire

Horace's Satires in the Light of His Epicurean Reading Circle

Seminars & Presentations

April 2014:  "The Philosophical and Intertextual Character of Odysseus in Horace Satire 2.5,"  Annual Meeting of CAMWS, Waco Texas


Jan 2014:  "The Epicurean Calculus of Pleasure and Pain in Horace Satire 2.6," Annual Meeting of the American Philological Association

Honors & Awards

Summer 2013:  Research Grant

2009-2010:  Michael Hogg Endowed Fellowship

Groups & Affiliations

American Philological Association

Classical Associaton of the Middle West and South


Running, Piano, Cats