Christopher Celenza

Charles Homer Haskins Professor and Vice Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences

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I am the Chairman of the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins University, where I hold a dual appointment as Professor in the Classics Department and the Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures. I also hold secondary appointments in the Department of History and in the Humanities Center. From 2010–14, I served as Director of the American Academy in Rome. Before that, at Johns Hopkins, I served as Director of the Singleton Center for the Study of Premodern Europe from 2008-10. Before arriving at Johns Hopkins in 2005, I taught for nine years in the History Department at Michigan State University.

I hold two doctoral degrees, a PhD in History (Duke University, 1995) and a DrPhil in Classics and Neo-Latin Literature (University of Hamburg, 2001), as well as a BA (1988) and MA (1989) in History from SUNY-Albany.

My areas of interest include: the Latin literature and philosophy of the Italian Renaissance; late medieval intellectual history; the history of philosophy; the history of books and reading practices; Latin paleography; and the history of the classical tradition. My publications and other details can be found on my CV.

Single-Authored Books

Machiavelli: A Portrait (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2015), 240 pp.

The Lost Italian Renaissance: Humanists, Historians, and Latin’s Legacy (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004), xx + 210 pp.

Winner of the Renaissance Society of America’s 2005 Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize. CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2006. Paperback ed., 2006. Italian translation (and revised, expanded edition), Il Rinascimento perduto: La letteratura latina nella cultura italiana del Quattrocento (Rome: Carrocci, 2014), 274pp.

Piety and Pythagoras in Renaissance Florence: The Symbolum Nesianum, Studies in the History of Christian Thought, 101 (Leiden, Boston, and Cologne: Brill, 2001), x + 238 pp.

Renaissance Humanism and the Papal Curia: Lapo da Castiglionchio the Younger’s De curiae commodis, Papers and Monographs of the American Academy in Rome, 31 (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1999), xiv + 244 pp.

Edited Books

(co-editor, with Patrick Baker) Salvatore I. Camporeale, Christianity, Latinity, and Culture: Two Studies on Lorenzo Valla, tr. Patrick Baker, ed. Patrick Baker and Christopher S. Celenza (Leiden: Brill, 2014), 329pp.

(editor) Angelo Poliziano’s Lamia in Context: Text, Translation, and Introductory Studies (Leiden: Brill, 2010), xiv + 274 pp.

(co-editor, with Kenneth Gouwens) Humanism and Creativity: Essays in Honor of Ronald G. Witt (Leiden: Brill, 2006), xvi + 416 pp.