Dr. Hanses’s research interests lie in ancient comedy and humor, intertextuality in Latin prose and poetry, and the History of Ideas (both ancient and modern). He has also published on Greek and Latin wordplay, ideological biases in Roman historiography, and the reception of the Classics in Europe and North America.
He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled “The Life of Comedy after the Death of Plautus,” which examines Roman comedy and its influence from the stage onto the pages of Latin literature (ranging from Cicero to Juvenal). More recently, he has begun collaborating with Stephen Wheeler on a Digital Humanities edition of the works of the 16th-century poet Juan Latino, a Black African former slave who served as Professor of Latin in Grenada, Spain.
Dr. Hanses has presented his research in Britain, Germany, Italy, Greece, Canada, and the US. His teaching focuses on Latin literature of the Roman Republic and Empire, as well as on the wider subject of Humor in the Ancient World.
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