Sara H. Lindheim

Associate Professor
HSSB 4054
Office Hours:
M 11-12, W 1-2, or by appointment
Time Period: Fall 2018


Sara Lindheim, Associate Professor of Classics, earned an undergraduate degree in Classics at Amherst College (1989) and a graduate degree in Classics at Brown University (1995). Her research focuses on Latin poetry of the Augustan Age, primarily through the lens of gender and psychoanalytic theory. Her first book, Mail and Female: Epistolary Narrative and Desire in Ovid’s Heroides, explores the representation of feminine desire in the collection of poetic letters from heroines of ancient myth and literature to the heroes who have abandoned them. She is currently working on a project that seeks to explore the ways in which Augustan poets participate in a new cultural preoccupation with space that emerges with Augustus’ consolidation of power and empire.

Graduate Supervision:
Sara Lindheim, welcomes inquires from prospective students on latin poetry, gender studies, psychoanalysis and geography, empire and literature.



  • Mail and Female: Epistolary Narrative and Desire in Ovid’s Heroides, Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.

Selected Articles & Reviews

  • “What’s Love Got To Do With It?: Mapping Cynthia in Propertius’ Paired Elegies 1.8A-B and 1.11-12,” American Journal of Philology 132.4 (2011) 633-665
  • “Pomona’s pomarium:The ‘Mapping Impulse’ in Metamorphoses 14 (and 9),” in Transactions of the American Philological Association 140.1 (2010) 163-194.
  • Review of V. Rimell Ovid’s Lovers: Desire, Difference and the Poetic Imagination, Comparative Literature 60.2 (2008) 186-188.
  • Review of PJ Heslin, The Transvestite Achilles. Gender and Genre in Statius’ Achilles, Classical Philology, 102.3 (2007) 323-328.
  • Review of Patricia Salzman-Mitchell, A Web of Fantasies: Gaze, Image and Gender in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, International Journal of the Classical Tradition, 14.1-2 (2007) 262-265.
  • Review of Laurel Fulkerson, The Ovidian Heroine as Author: Reading, Writing and Community in the Heroides , Classical Journal, 102.4 (2007) 391-394.
  • “To Be Or Not To Be A New Formalist: Ovidian Studies in 2003,” Vergilius 49 (2003) 135-151.
  • “Omnia Vincit Amor: Or, Why Oenone Should Have Known It Would Never Work Out (Eclogue 10 and Heroides 5),” Materiali e discussioni per l’analisi dei testi classici 44 (2000) 83-101.
  • “I Am Dressed, Therefore I Am?: Vertumnus in Propertius 4.2 and in Metamorphoses 14.622-771,” Ramus 27.1 (1998) 27-38.
  • “Hercules Cross-Dressed, Hercules Undressed: Unmasking the Construction of the Propertian Amator in Elegy 4.9,” American Journal of Philology 119.1 (1998) 43-66.