• B.A., Reed 1994
  • Ph.D., Boston University 2004
Areas of Interest

Monica Florence has published articles on transgender, sexuality, and ethnic identity in ancient Greek and Latin literature. Her strong interest in popular culture and the classical tradition has led her to be a frequent speaker and session chair at national meetings of the Popular Culture Association. Recent publications include an analysis of transgender and ancient medicine, a study of sexualities in ancient comedy and mime, and a review of science fiction in classical literature.

Her areas of expertise include Greek and Roman comedy, Roman satire and epigram, and Greek and Roman cultural history, as well as ancient ethnicity and sexuality, ancient medicine, and classical reception and popular culture.

Courses Taught
  • AMST 220: Mythology of the Ancient World
  • AMST 226: History of Ancient Medicine
  • AMST 228: History of Ancient Science & Medicine
  • AMST 260: Gender & Sexuality in Classical Antiquity
  • GREK 101: Introductory Greek
  • GREK 102: Introductory Greek
  • GREK 200: Intermediate Greek Textual Studies : Plato & Paul
  • GREK 250: Advanced Seminar in Greek I: Mythic Heroes in Homer & Herodotus
  • GREK 300: Advanced Seminar in Greek II: Murder & the Law Courts in Classical Athens
  • GREK 350: Advanced Seminar in Greek III : Old Comedy
  • AMST 199: Introduction to Middle Egyptian Hieroglyphs
  • LATN 250: Advanced Seminar in Latin Literature: Roman Comedy
  • LATN 250: Advanced Seminar in Latin Literature: Roman Satire & Epigram
Independent Study Advising
  • Sarah Buntin— ‘Have you heard about the word “Word”?’: A Classical and Philosophical Analysis of the word Logos in the Gospel of John, 2014
  • Justin Kalinay—Myth, Ritual, and Symbol and the Theory of “Invented Tradition” as Applied to the Worship of Dionysos/Dionysus across Space and Time, 2013
  • Jessica Jordan—Class Humor in Menander’s Dyskolos, 2013
  • Grace Hamilton—Effective Pain Management in the Reduction of Addictive Behaviors: A Review of Greek Theories with Modern Implications
  • David Chu—Comedy Tomorrow, Tragedy Tonight: Euripides’ Choral Innovations in Greek
  • Tragedy, 2013
  • Cameron Zieske—Tunics and Tights: An Analysis of Ancient Greek Heroes in Modern Comics, 2012
  • Sidney Helfer—Let’s Talk About Me: A Habermasian Investigation of Discourse in Aristophanes’ Birds and Ecclesiazusae, 2012
  • Daniel Axmacher—Roman Architecture Under the Emperor Domitian, 2012
Professional Experience

Monica Florence has received grant funding for her Community Latin Workshops, an experiential learning opportunity that allows advanced Latin undergraduates to teach in after-care programs at local city schools. She has received both Hewlett-Mellon and Henry Luce funding for travel in Greece and is a past recipient of an ACM Newberry Library Short-Term Resident Grant for research on Roman Comedy.

She is the Director of The College of Wooster Summer Study-Abroad Program in Greece and the current President of the Ohio Classical Conference.