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Christopher CraigChristopher Craig

Professor
Department of Classics 
1109 McClung Tower 
The University of Tennessee 
Knoxville, TN 37996-0413

Phone: (865) 974-2723 
Fax: (865) 974-7173
ccraig@utk.edu


Research Interests

Classical Rhetoric and Oratory; Cicero; Roman Prose

  • Ph.D. in Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979.
  • A.B. in Classics, Oberlin College, 1974.
  • University of Tennessee Department of Classics, 1980-present, Assistant Professor (1980), Associate Professor (1986), Professor (2002). Department Head, 2011-2016.
  • University of Tennessee College of Arts & Sciences, Director of the College Scholars Program, 2004-2011.
  • UCLA Department of Classical Studies, Lecturer, 1979-80.

Books

  • Form as Argument in Cicero's Speeches.  xii and 254 pages.  Atlanta:  Scholars Press, 1993.  Number 31 in the American Philological Association's series, American Classical Studies

    [Reviewed by  J.E.G. Zetzel, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 94.1.5; D. Ochs, Quarterly Journal of Speech 80 (1994):  368-369;  J. Nicholson, Classical Outlook 71 (1994):  144-145;  D. Knecht, L'Antiquité Classique 64 (1995): 324-325;  C.E. Chandler, Scholia Reviews, new series 4 (1995): 10;  M. Siani-Davies, Classical Review 45.1 (1995):  35-36;  A. Vasaly, Rhetorica 14 (1996): 234-237;  D. Berry, Journal of Roman Studies 88 (1996): 201-207.]

Selected Articles and Book Chapters

  • "Divine and Human in Cicero’s De Provinciis Consularibus" in A. Groton, ed., Ab Omni Parte Beatus: Studies in Honor of James M. May. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci, 2017. Pp. 97-119.
  • "Rhetorical Expectations and Self-Fashioning in Cicero's Speech for P. Sulla" Rhetorica 32.3 (2014): 211-221.
  • "Means and Ends of Indignatio in Cicero's Pro Roscio Amerino," in D.H. Berry and A. Erskine, edd., Form and Function in Roman Oratory, Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. 75-91.
  • "Treating oratio figurata in Cicero's Speeches: the Case of Pro Marcello," Papers on Rhetoric 9 (2008): 91-106.
  • "Self-restraint, Invective, and Credibility in Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration," American Journal of Philology 128.3 (2007): 335-340.
  • "Cicero as Orator" in W.J. Dominik and J.C.R. Hall, edd. The Blackwell Companion to Roman Rhetoric, London and New York:  Blackwell, 2006. pp. 264-284.
  • "Audience Expectations, Invective, and Proof in Cicero's Judicial Speeches" in J.G.F. Powell and J. Paterson, edd. Cicero the Advocate, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 189-214.
  • "Quintilian on Not Saying What One Means," Papers on Rhetoric 6 (2004): 101-115.
  • "Ciceronian Studies: The Current State and Directions for the Future" and accompanying bibliography of work on Ciceronian rhetoric and oratory, 1974-1998,  in J. May, ed. Brill's Companion to Cicero:  Rhetoric and Oratory.  Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002.  pp. 503-531 (essay), pp. 533-599 (bibliography).
  • "Shifting Charge and Shifty Argument in Cicero's Speech for Sestius" in C. W. Wooten, ed., The Orator in Action and Theory in Greece and Rome: Essays in Honor of George A. Kennedy.  Leiden:  E.J. Brill, 2001.  pp. 111-122.
  • "Teaching Cicero's Speech for Caelius:  What Enquiring Minds Want to Know," Classical Journal 90 (1995): 427-442.  [reprint in Hayes, J., and G. Lawall, edd., Teacher's Guide to Cicero, 2nd edition.   Amherst, MA: CANE instructional materials, 1996.]
  • "Three Simple Questions for Teaching Cicero's First Catilinarian Oration," Classical Journal 88 (1993): 255-267. [reprint in Hayes, J., and G. Lawall, edd., Teacher's Guide to Cicero, Amherst, MA: CANE instructional materials, 1994, 265-277.]
  • "Cicero's Strategy of Embarrassment in the Speech for Plancius," The American Journal of Philology 111 (1990): 75-81.
  • "Cicero's Understanding with the Jury in the Speech for Murena," Transactions of the American Philological Association 116 (1986): 229-239.
  • "The Structural Pedigree of Cicero's Speeches pro Archia, pro Milone, and pro Quinctio," Classical Philology 80 (1985): 136-137.
  • "Dilemma in Cicero's Divinatio in Caecilium," The American Journal of Philology l06 (l985): 442-446.
  • "Reason, Resonance and Dilemma in Cicero's Speech for Caelius," Rhetorica 7 (1989): 313-328.
  • "The Central Argument of Cicero's Speech for Ligarius," The Classical Journal 79 (l984): l93-l99.
  • "The Accusator as Amicus: a Uniquely Roman Tactic of Ethical Argumentation," Transactions of the American Philological Association 111 (1981): 31-37

selected Honors

  • UT National Alumni Association's Outstanding Teacher Award, l986.
  • President, Tennessee Classical Association, 1986-88.
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, University Studies Award for Fostering Interdisciplinary Scholarship, 1994.
  • President, East Tennessee Society, Archaeological Institute of America, 1993-94.
  • President, Classical Association of the Middle West and South Southern Section, 1994-96.
  • Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association's Elliott Award for Excellence in Foreign Language Education, 1997.
  • First recipient of the University of Tennessee College of Arts and Science's Cunningham Outstanding Teacher Award, 1999.
  • University of Tennessee Citation for Excellence in Advising, 2000.
  • President, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, 2001-02.
  • Lindsay Young Professor of the Humanities, 2002-2008.
  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South "Ovatio" for service to the discipline and profession, 2003.
  • University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Award for Academic Outreach (service to the larger community), 2004.
  • President, Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association, 2010.
  • University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Service, 2011.
  • University of Tennessee L.R. Hesler Award for Teaching and Service, 2017.

selected teaching experience

  • Latin language and literature at all undergraduate and graduate levels.
  • Greek language and literature at introductory and intermediate undergraduate levels.
  • Greek and Roman literature in translation
  • Classical Civilization
  • Classical Mythology.
  • Courses on Roman archaeology, art, and architecture in relation to Latin literature taught on site in Rome and around the Bay of Naples.

Selected Invited Lectures

  • "The Rewards of Cynicism in Ciceronian Oratory," University of Chicago, April, 1993.
  • "The Ethics of Ciceronian Persuasion," Classical Association of Virginia, Charlottesville, September, 1996.
  • "Cicero the Lawyer:  Where the Truth Lies," presidential address, Classical Association of the Middle West and South Southern Section, Savannah, October, 1996.
  • "Cicero's Speech for Sestius:  Rational Argument and Ethical Judgment," plenary lecture at the invitation of the president of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, San Diego, November, 1996.
  • "The Dangerous Method of Cicero's Speeches," the twelfth annual J. Reuben Clark Memorial Lecture in Classics and the Classical Tradition, Brigham Young University, March, 1997.
  • "Cicero's Speeches:  Lawyer's Tricks and Readers' Ethics," Texas A&M University and the University of Alabama, March, 1999.
  • "Judging the Judges of Cicero'sSpeech for Murena," Northwestern University, February, 2000.
  • "Of Catiline and CAMWS," presidential address, Classical Association of the Middle West and South, Provo, UT, April, 2001.
  • "Audience Expectations, Invective and Proof in Ciceronian Oratory."  Indiana University and the University of Texas at Austin, October, 2003.
  • "Honesty and Politics in Cicero's Rome," the Hummel Memorial Lecture, Virginia Tech, October, 2005.
  • "Indignatio in Cicero's Defense Speeches," at the conference "Form and Function in Roman Oratory" hosted by the University of Edinburgh, sponsored by the British Academy, March 2007.
  • "The Courtroom Speech as Literary Genre: the reader's experience of rhetoric in Cicero's Pro Roscio Amerino," at the conference "Rhetoric and the Literary Genres in Antiquity" hosted by the University of Athens, May, 2008.
  • "The Theory and Practice of Outrage in Cicero's Defense Speeches." The Arthur Stocker Lecture in Classics, University of Virginia, February, 2009.
  • "The Power of Monday." Keynote address, Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association annual meeting, November, 2012.
  • "Anger and Audience in Cicero's Speeches," The Hunter Lecture in Classics, Florida State University, April, 2013.
  • "Philosophy at the Bar," annual spring Phi Beta Kappa Lecture, University of Tennessee. Knoxville, April, 2013.
  • Referee of Ciceroniana for The American Journal of Philology, Classical Antiquity, Classical Journal, Classical Outlook, Classical Philology, Classical World, Helios, Illinois Classical Studies, Rhetorica, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Transactions of the American Philological Association, Oxford University Press, University of Michigan Press, University of Texas Press, and others.
  • Editorial Boards of Rhetorica, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Papers on Rhetoric
  • Grant referee for the NEH and other agencies.
  • Many book reviews, many papers delivered at regional, national, and international scholarly meetings.
  • Society for Classical Studies
  • Archaeological Institute of America
  • Classical Association of the Middle West and South
  • Classical Association of the Atlantic States
  • American Classical League
  • Vergilian Society of America
  • American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages
  • Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association
  • Tennessee Classical Association
  • International Society for the History of Rhetoric
  • American Society for the History of Rhetoric

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