Tom Keeline’s research and teaching interests extend to all aspects of the ancient world and its reception, with a particular focus on Latin literature and the history of education and scholarship.
In the past, Keeline has published articles and reviews in the fields of Latin literature, lexicography, metrics, the history of classical scholarship and the classical tradition, textual criticism, commentary-writing, and digital approaches to Classics, and he expects to continue working in all of these areas.
His first book, The Reception of Cicero in the Early Roman Empire: The Rhetorical Schoolroom and the Creation of a Cultural Legend, has just been published by Cambridge University Press. In it he shows that Cicero’s early reception is very much conditioned, indeed constructed, by ancient scholarship and the schoolroom, where young Romans first encountered Cicero as they read his speeches and wrote Ciceronian declamations.
He is now preparing a commentary on Cicero’s Pro Milone for the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series (“Green and Yellows”), as well as a digital critical edition of Ovid’s Ibis. He is also working on a host of smaller projects, some of which threaten to grow into big projects, including a statistical and analytical study of Latin prose rhythm using digital methods. Future plans include articles on the underappreciated but virtuosic Terentianus Maurus and on verse composition in nineteenth-century exams at Cambridge and Oxford.
Tom is a strong proponent of active Latin both in and outside the classroom. He teaches his Latin classes exclusively or in large part in Latin, and he co-founded the Grex Ludouicopolitanus to promote spoken Latin in the St. Louis community. He finds that this activity—to paraphrase somewhat the immortal words of Bishop Gaisford—not only elevates above the common herd, but also leads not infrequently to considerable fun and profit. With Patrick Owens he recently co-founded the Latin podcast Philologia Perennis (available on iTunes); the podcast embraces things Latin, in Latin, from antiquity to the present.
Once upon a time he had hobbies, but now he has children, Tommy (born 2014), James (born 2016), and Claire (born 2017). He still enjoys lifting weights, running, crossword puzzles, and reading novels. He finds that this last activity, if you argue the case with yourself with sufficient subtlety, can be construed as productive work too. He also delights in meeting new people and receiving unexpected e-mails, so please don’t hesitate to write!