Faculty & Staff

Dr. Shannon Byrne

Dr. Shannon Byrne

Chair, Classics - Archive
Chair, Asian Studies
Chair, Department of Classics & Modern Languages
Director, Honors Bachelors of Arts Program, Honors Programs
Director, Honors Bachelors of Arts Program, HAB Program
Director, Honors Bachelors of Arts Program, About CAS

ML 5181
904 Schott Hall

Phone: (513) 745-3464

Fax: (513) 745-1955

First Year at Xavier University:



Greek and Roman history, literature, and culture.

Professional Interests:

Ancient patronage


Dr. Byrne has taught at Xavier since 2001, and before that she taught six years at Ball State University. She received her BA in Classics from the University of South Florida, her MA from the University of Florida, and her PhD from Northwestern University. Her main area of research is late republican, early imperial Roman literature and history, but recently she has enjoyed leading students on the Xavier Greece Summer Abroad program. This picture is of Dr. Byrne in front of the monument to the dead in the Battle of Salamis.

Recent Publications

  • A Companion to the Ancient Novel. Co-edited with Edmund P. Cueva. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.
  • Jesuit Education and the Classics. Co-edited with Edmund P. Cueva and Frederick Benda, SJ. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009.
  • Authors, Authority, and Interpreters in the Ancient Novel. Essays in Honor of Gareth L. Schmeling. Ancient Narrative Supplementum 5. Co-edited with Edmund P. Cueva and Jean Alvares. Groningen: Barkuis Publishing & Groningen University Library, 2006.
  • Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe: An Undergraduate Reader. Co-edited with Edmund Cueva. Wauconda, IL: Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers, 2005.
  • “Maecenas and Petronius’ Trimalchio Maecenatianus.” Ancient Narrative 6 (2007) 31-49.
  • “Martial’s Fiction: Domitius Marsus and Maecenas.” Classical Quarterly 54 (2004) 255-65.
  • “Petronius and Maecenas: Seneca’s Calculated Criticism.” In Authors, Authority, and Interpreters in the Ancient Novel, (2006) 83-111.


  • “The Fiction of Friendship: First-Century Poets on Horace and Virgil.” In Order and Fantasy: The Roots of Fiction in Classical Antiquity. Essays in Honor of Professor Bernhard Kytzler.

Recent Service

  • MAS Steering Committee and Working Group (2014)
  • Chair, Classics and Modern Languages (2012-present)
  • Director, Honors Bachelor of Arts (2009-present)
  • UPRC (2012-2015)
  • Alter Hall Renovation Team (ART) (2013-2014)
  • UPRC Advisory Committee (2011-2012)
  • Faculty Committee (2010-2013; chair 2011-2012)
  • Ad Hoc Core Assessment Committee (2012-present)
  • Covington Latin Board (February 2009-2012).
  • Academic Assessment and Planning Committee (2008-2011)
  • Faculty Hearing Committee (2008-2010)
  • Xavier University Peace Studies Minor (2003-present).
  • Honors Council (since 2004)
  • CAMWS Resolutions Committee (2009-2012)
  • Ohio Classical Conference Board Member 2002-present; Treasurer 2004-present; Secretary 2007-present.

Other Activities

  • Executive Editor of The Classical Bulletin, August 2008-present.
  • Book Review Editor, Petronian Society Newsletter, September 2005-present.


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