She is the author of Ovid's Causes: Cosmogony and Aetiology in the Metamorphoses(Michigan, 1994) a commentary on Ovid's Metamorphoses 14 (Cambridge, 2009), and articles on Ovid, Roman Elegy, Roman gardens, and Statius. Her current research interests include ancient garden literature, gender, and the poetics of commencement.

Selected Publications


  • Ovid's Causes: Cosmogony and Aetiology in the Metamorphoses, The University of Michigan Press, 1994.
  • Vertis in usum: Studies in honor of E. Courtney, ed. J. Miller, C. Damon, K. S. Myers, Munich 2002.
  • Ovid Metamorphoses 14. Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics. Cambridge. 2009.


  • "Catullus: Gender and Sexuality," chapter forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Catullus, ed. I. M. Le M. Du Quesnay, A. J. Woodman.
  • "Pulpy fiction: Vergilian Reception and Genre in Columella De Re Rustica 10” in Reflections and New Perspectives on Vergil’s Georgics,  ed. Xinyue, G. and N.     Freer, 129-37. Bloomsbury, 2019.
  • 'Representations of Gardens in Roman Literature,' in Gardens of the Roman Empire, Cambridge, 2018.
  • "ambiguus vultus: Horatian echoes in Statius' Achilleid," Materiali e Discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici 75 (2015) 179-88.
  • "Statius on Poetic Invocation and Inspiration," in Brill's Companion to Statius, edited by W. J. Dominik, C. E. Newlands, K. Gervais, 31-53. 2015.
  • "Ovid, Epistulae Ex Ponto 4.8, Germanicus, and the Fasti", Classical Quarterly 64 (2014) 725-34.·  

    ·          “Ovid’s Reception of Ovid in the Exile Poetry,” A Handbook to the Reception of Ovid, eds. C. Newlands and J. Miller, 8-21. Wiley-Blackwell, 2014.

    ·         "Catullan Contexts in Ovid's Metamorphoses," in Catullus: Poems, Books, Readers. edited by I. Du Quesnay and A. J. Woodman, 239-54. Cambridge, 2012.

    ·         “Ovid Bibliography” Oxford Bibliographies Online. 2010.

    ·          “Docta otia: Garden ownership and configurations of leisure in Statius and Pliny the Younger,” Arethusa 38 (2005) 103-29.

    ·         "Miranda fides: Poet and Patrons in Paradoxographical Landscapes in Statius’ Silvae" Materiali e Discussioni  44 (2000) 103-38.

    ·         "The Poet and the Procuress: The Lena in Latin Love Elegy," JRS 86 (1996): 1-21.

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K. Sara
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A.B., Oberlin College

Ph.D., Stanford University