Dean's Office Personnel

Matthew Semanoff

Matthew Semanoff

Associate Dean / Associate Professor

Home Department: World Languages & Cultures
Office: LA 425
Office Hours:

Spring 2020:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, and by appointment

Current Position

Associate Professor, World Languages and Cultures


Spring 2020


GRK 102 (01):  Elementary Greek II.  MWF 10:00-10:50 am (LA 334)

GBLD 194 (01):  Afghanistan Legend and History.  MWF 1:00-1:50 pm (UC 202)

LATN 202 (01):  Intermediate Latin II.  MWF 2:00-2:50 pm (LA 207)


Ph.D., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2002, Classics
Dissertation:  Pedagogical Poetry:  Teachers and Students in Didactic Verse
Director:  P. A. Rosenmeyer

M.A., University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1998, Classics
Thesis:  The Development of the Epic Cycle:  A Study in Narrative Continuity
Director:  B. B. Powell

B.A.,  Carleton College, 1995, Classical Languages
Thesis:  Sacrifices in Aristophanic Comedy
Director:  C. L. Zimmerman

Andrew W. Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Carleton College, 2002-2004
Lemoine-Adams Merit Fellowship, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2001
Phi Beta Kappa, 1995


Selected Publications

Semanoff, Matthew. 2006. “Undermining Authority: Pedagogy in Aratus' Phaenomena.” In Beyond the Canon, edited by Annette Harder, R. F. Regtuit and G. C. Wakker. Leuven: Peeters.

Semanoff, Matthew. 2006. “Astronomical Ecphrasis.”  In Musa docta: Recherches sur la poesie scientifique dans l'Antiquite, edited by Christophe Cusset. Saint-Etienne: Publications de l'Université de Saint-Etienne.


Selected Presentations

"The Erotic Pursuit of Literary Criticism:  Reading Ovid's Ars Amatoria,"  CAMWS 4/8/11

“Avoiding Cliffs:  Reserving Strategies of Seduction in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria,” Genre in the Ancient World (conference at the University of Sydney, Australia), 4/9/10

“Constructing Authority in Cicero’s Aratea,” CAMWS, 4/25/10

"Poetry of the Night Sky:  Appearances, Description, Paradox in the Phaenomena of Aratus," University of Arkansas, 11/23/08

"Locus Amoenus in Lucretius' De Rerum Natura:  Reconciling Poetry and Philosophy," University of Arkansas, 11/24/08

“Making the Ideal Real:  Lucretius’ use of the pastoral in De Rerum Natura.”  CAMWS, April 2007

“Astronomical Ecphrasis:  Aratus’ Description of the Night-Sky.”  CAMWS, April 2006

“Lucretius as Teacher and Student,” CAMWS, April 2005.

“Undermining Authority:  Pedagogy in Aratus’ Phaenomena,” Groningen Workshop on Hellenistic Poetry: "Beyond the Canon", 25-27 August 2004

“The Rhetoric of Expertise in Aratus’ Phaenomena,” CAMWS, April 2004

“Vati parete perito:  Triangulating the Roles of the Narrator in Ovid’s Ars Amatoria,” CAMWS, April 2003

“Quid rabidae tradis ovile lupae?  Deception, Manipulation, and Pedagogy in Ars Amatoria 3,” Carleton College, April 2002

“Encouraging Participation in Discussion Sections,” UW-Madison Classics Department Teaching Assistant Training, Sept. 2001

“Presenting Papers at Professional Conferences,” UW-Madison Classics Department Professional Development Series, May 2001

“Classifying Hesiod:  Aristotle, Genre, and the Works and Days,” CAMWS, April 2001

“The Façade of the Face to Face:  the Function of Names in Aristophanic Comedy,” APA Jan. 2001

“The Status of Linguistic Rights in Nepal,” submitted to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on the occasion of the 14th States’ Reports on behalf of INHURED International, Aug. 2000

“Callimachus’ Mirrored Motif:  Voyeurism in Hymns 5 and 6,” Graduate Symposium on Hellenistic Culture and Literature, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Feb. 1999

Chair Director Departments

World Languages & Cultures