Katharine T. von Stackelberg

Faculty of Humanities

Katharine T. von Stackelberg

Department of Classics

Associate Professor, Ancient Environment, Latin, Roman History
BA, MLitt, PhD (Trinity College Dublin)
2004-2005 Garden and Landscape Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

Mailing Address:
Department of Classics
Brock University
St Catharines, ON  L2S 3A1

Phone: 905 688 5550 ext. 5374
Fax: 905 984 4859
Email: kvonstackelberg@brocku.ca

Teaching 2015-2016:

  • CLAS/HIST 3P05: History of the Roman Republic (fall)
  • CLAS 1P92: Introduction to Roman Civilization (winter)
  • CLAS 5V52: Ancient Mediterranean Socioeconomics (winter)

My work focuses on the ways in which gardens and landscapes have been used as vehicles of cultural communication, indoctrination and, on occasion, resistance through art, literature and material evidence. I am the author of The Roman Garden: Space, Sense and Society (Routledge, 2009) and am currently working on projects that study the reception of Graeco-Roman architecture and gardens in Europe and America. My teaching interests include Latin letters, the ancient economy, food and dining in the ancient world, and Roman history and historiography.

Contact me if you are interested in any of the following research areas: the ancient environment, Roman domestic art and architecture, reception studies, space syntax analysis, Columella, Pliny the Elder, or Pliny the Younger.

Select Recent Publications:

  • 2015. "Decline and Fall: The Roman Garden of Louise du Pont Crowninshield", in V. Pagán, J. Page and B. Weltman-Aron (eds.) Disciples of Flora (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015), 94-112.
  • 2014. "Garden Hybrids: Hermaphrodite Images and Gendered Space in the Roman House", Classical Antiquity 33, 395-426.
  • 2012. "Columella", "Horticulture", and "Roman Landscapes", in R. Bagnall et al. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Ancient History (Wiley-Blackwell).

Recent Papers:

  • "The Erotics of Lettuce? Sexual Knowledge in Columella Book 10", Society for Classical Studies (formerly the American Philological Association) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, 8-11 January 2015.
  • "Reconsidering Hyperreality: 'Roman' Houses and their Gardens (1892-1974)", American Philological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, 2014.
  • "Decline and Fall: The Antique Garden of Louise du Pont Crowninshield", Disciples of Flora: Gardens in History and Culture, University of Florida, 2013.



Excavations at Horace’s Villa
The Little Sparta Trust, The Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Space Syntax Laboratory
Brock Review