Faculty & Staff

Christopher Michael McDonough

Alderson-Tillinghast Chair in the Humanities
B.A., Tufts University; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina


Christopher M. McDonough holds the Alderson-Tillinghast Chair in the Humanities. He teaches a wide range of courses at Sewanee, including Latin language and literature, mythology, literature in translation, and Classics in Cinema. He has been chair of both the Department of Classical Languages and  Interdisciplinary Humanities Program.

Before coming to Sewanee in 2002, McDonough taught at Boston College, Princeton University, Harvard Divinity School, and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. 


  • (In progress): Pontius Pilate on Screen: Sinner, Soldier, Superstar, contract with Edinburgh University Press, “Screening Antiquity” series 
  • Servius’ Commentary on Aeneid Book Four:  An Annotated Translation, with Mark Stansbury and Richard Prior. Wauconda, Illinois: Bolchazy-Carducci, 2004 

Recent Articles: 

  • “Divico in Oil and Metal: Eluveitie, Charles Gleyre, and Caesar on the Ancient Helvetians,” in Heavy Metal Classics, ed. Osman Umurhan and Kristopher Fletcher, Bloomsbury Press, expected 2018 
  • “Two Linear B Traveling Inscriptions from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee and the Impact of the Decipherment of Linear B on the Public Imagination” (with Thomas G. Palaima), RA-PI-NE-U Studies on the Mycenaean World offered to Robert Laffineur for his 70th Birthday, ed. Jan Driessen(Louvain: Presses Universitaires de Louvain, 2016) 233-242 
  • “‘Ancient Allusions and Modern Anxieties in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954),”in Screening Love and Sex in the Ancient World, ed. Monica Cyrino (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) 99-110 
  • “Of Camels, Crocodiles and Human Sacrifice: the North Carolina MS of Solinus’ Collectanea Rerum Memorabilium and the Reading of Classical Geography in the Renaissance” (with Paul Dover), International Journal of the Classical Tradition 18.2 (2011) 167-200, with 9 plates 
  • “Back in the Saddle Again (CIL 14.3911),” Mnemosyne 64.4 (2011) 653-659
  • “Property of Tennessee Williams,” Humanities 32.5 (September-October 2011) 20-23, 45 

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