Lora Holland Goldthwaite, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Classics
127C Whitesides Hall, CPO 2850

Office Hours

  • Tue: 

    • 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Thu: 

    • 3 - 4 p.m.
  • Mon: 

    • 2 - 3 p.m.
Note: The Monday office hour is for these dates only: August 20, 27, September 17, 24, October 15, 22, November 12, 19 and December 3. I am also available by appointment.


Dr. Holland Goldthwaite came to UNC Asheville in the fall of 2002, soon after completing her Ph.D. at UNC Chapel Hill. She was appointed Associate Professor in 2007 and is currently serving as Chair of the department. 


  • Ph.D., Classics
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Classical Studies
    University of Michigan at Ann Arbor
  • B.A., Classics
    University of Texas at Austin

Courses Taught

  • CLAS 101 Latin I
  • CLAS 102 Latin II
  • CLAS 103 Greek I
  • CLAS 104 Greek II
  • HUM 124 The Ancient World
  • CLAS 178 The New Ancient Garden (previous topics: Sport & Spectacle in Antiquity; Persia > Iran)
  • CLAS 179 Myth, Art & Culture
  • HON 179 Persia>Iran: History, Culture & Change
  • CLAS 211 Intermediate Greek
  • CLAS 212 Intermediate Latin
  • HUM 214 The Medieval & Renaissance Worlds (regular and Honors)
  • CLAS 313 Ovid
  • CLAS 340 Homer
  • CLAS 352 Cicero
  • CLAS 354 Greek & Roman Religions
  • CLAS 373 Medieval Latin
  • CLAS 373 Roman Comedy
  • CLAS 373 The Etruscans
  • CLAS 374 Latin Lyric Poetry
  • HON 381 Honors Reading for UR in Latin Paleography
  • CLAS 410 Plato's Middle Dialogues
  • CLAS 412 Roman Historians
  • CLAS 432 Vergil
  • CLAS 452 Horace
  • CLAS 460 Attic Comedy
  • CLAS 495 Senior Research Thesis
  • CLAS 499 UR in Classics, various topics

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Holland's primary research interest is Roman religion, particularly of the Republic. Additional interests include: Roman mythology; other ancient religions, especially Etruscan and Greek religions; the intersections of Greek and Latin literature and material culture; and the history of women in scholarship on Roman religion. Her teaching interests include a range of topics from Homeric epic to Roman comedy. She has two book projects in progress as well as journal articles and conference papers. In summer 2017, she was a contributor for an exhibition at the Florence Archaeological Museum in Italy on recent finds from Cetamura del Chianti, where she runs the lab for archaeological materials during the summer dig season. Her contributions to the exhibition catalogue include essays on religious ritual at the site, coinage, and lamps, as well as numerous catalogue entries on the hundreds of items on display at the museum through the end of September, 2017. Information about the exhibit can be found on the Facebook page "The Wells at Cetamura." Her new book, co-edited with Sinclair Bell (Northern Illinois University), is titled At the Crossroads of Greco-Roman History, Culture, and Religion: Papers in Memory of Carin M. C. Green (Archeopress), 2018.

Selected Publications

  • 2018: co-edited book with Sinclair W. Bell, At the Crossroads of Greco-Roman History, Culture, and Religion: Papers in Memory of Carin M. C. Green, (Oxford, England: Archeopress) 
  • 2018: book review, The Dancing Lares and the Serpent in the Garden: Religon on the Roman Street Corner, by Harriet Flower. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2017. In Religious Studies Review 44.4 (Wiley Academic Publishers)
  • 2017: book review, Legible Religion: Books, Gods, and Rituals in Roman Culture, by Duncan MacRae. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016 in Religious Studies Review 43.4 (Wiley Academic Publishers)
  • 2017: contributing author and editor, Wells of Wonders: New Discoveries at Cetamura del Chianti, ed. Nancy T. de Grummond, Catalog of the Exhibition June 9-September 30, 2017 Florence, National Archaeological Museum (Edifir)
  • 2016: contributing author, “Gaiole in Chianti (SI). Scavo del pozzo etrusco a Cetamura del Chianti,  2011-2014,” Notiziario della Soprintendenza per i Beni Archeologici della Toscana (NSBAT) 11, 2015, pp. 366-374. (in Italian; English translation of title: “Gaiole in Chianti (SI): Excavation of the Etruscan Well at Cetamura del Chianti, 2011-2014”)
  • 2015: co-author “Excavations in an Etruscan Well at Cetamura del Chianti: A Preliminary Report,” Etruscan Studies 18(1): 3-27.
  • 2015: Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions, Eric Orlin et al., eds. 5 articles: “Lustratio,” “Medea,” “ Vestal Virgins,” “ Lectisternium,” “Suovetaurilia”
  • 2012: "Women in Roman Religion," book chapter for The Blackwell Companion to Women in the Ancient World, eds. Sheila Dillon and Sharon James
  • 2011: 16 entries for Wiley-Blackwell's Encyclopedia of Ancient History, eds. Roger Bagnall et al.
  • 2011: "Family Nomenclature and Same-Name Divinities in Roman Religion and Mythology" The Classical World 104.2: 211-226
  • 2010: Review of Art, Myth and Ritual in Classical Greece, by Judith Barringer. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. The Classical Review 60.1
  • 2009: Review of Religion of the Romans, Jörg Rüpke, translated and edited by Richard Gordon. Cambridge and Malden, MA: Polity Press, 2007. The Classical Review 59.2
  • 2008: "Diana Feminarum Tutela?: The Case of Noutrix Paperia" in Collection Latomus, Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History, Vol. XIV, 95-115
  • 2008: "Last Act in Corinth: The Burial of Medea’s Children (E. Med. 1378-83)" Classical Journal 103.4: 405-428
  • 2008: "A Day with Diana" invited article in Iris magazine, Issue 6 Summer 08 (UK Iris Project)
  • 2008: "Euclio’s Solitary Slave: Staphyla in Plautus’ Aulularia," New England Classical Journal 35.1: 21-30
  • 2007: Review of Etruscan Myth, Sacred History, and Legend (Nancy T. de Grummond, Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 2006), New England Classical Journal34.3, p. 262-265, August
  • 2006: Review of Women's Religious Activity in the Roman Republic (Celia Schultz, Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2006), New England Classical Journal 34.2, pp. 156-158, May
  • 2006: Review of The Religion of the Etruscans (eds. Nancy T. de Grummond and Erika Simon, Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006) New England Classical Journal 33.4, p. 417-419, November
  • 2005: "Plutarch's Aemilius Paullus: the Model of a Philosopher Statesman," 269-279, in The Statesman in Plutarch's Works: Volume II: The Statesman in Plutarch's Greek and Roman Lives, (ed. Lukas de Blois et al. Brill, 2005) (review available online)
  • 2004: Review of The Oxford Classical Dictionary of Myth and Religion (eds. Simon Price and Emily Kearns, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003) New England Classical Journal 31.4, pp. 437-39, November
  • 2003: "Pas domos erroi: Myth and Plot in Euripides' Medea" Transactions of the American Philological Association (2003) 133: 255-279

Recent Papers and Invited Lectures

  • 2018 "Examining Sheep Livers and Prognosticators in Roman Religion," Asheville School, Asheville
  • 2018 "Experiencing the Ancient Garden," CAMWS annual meeting, Albuquerque
  • 2018 "A Recent Find of Roman Republican Coinage," SCS-AIA annual meeting, Boston
  • 2016 "Sacred Deer and Divination in Etruscan Religion," keynote address UNC-CH Undergraduate Research Symposium, Chapel Hill
  • 2016 "Antlers and Astragali: Sacred Deer at Cetamura del Chianti," SCS annual meeting, San Francisco
  • 2015  "Some Sacred Deer in Roman and Etruscan Contexts," Classics Symposium keynote address, Hollins University, Roanoke, VA
  • 2015  "A New Latin Inscription from Cetamura del Chianti: Private Ritual at a Sacred Well," SCS (Society for Classical Studies, formerly the APA) annual meeting, New Orleans
  • 2013   ”A Liver in the Hand: Experiential Learning in Teaching Roman Religion,” joint meeting of the Virginia and North Carolina Classical Societies, Richmond, VA
  • 2010: "Livers and Libations: Teaching Roman Religion Experientially" CAMWS-Southern Section, Richmond, VA
  • 2010: "The 'Position' of Women: A Brief History of Sex and Scholarship in Roman Religion" The Blegen Lecture, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • 2009: "What's in a Name? Polyonymous Nomenclature and Ummidius Quadratus" CAMWS, Minneapolis, MN,
  • 2008: "Medieval Date Rape in the Carmina Burana?" CAMWS, Tucson, AZ
  • 2008: "Titillation under the Tilia Tree: Medieval Date Rape?" Women’s History Month "Fascinating Faculty" Academic Festival, UNC-Asheville
  • 2008: "O Sister Where Art Thou? Same Name Divine-Pairs in Roman Religion,"APA-AIA, Chicago.
  • 2007: "Medieval ‘Date Rape’ in the Carmina Burana?: Benzodiazepines and the Linden Tree Flower" Science and the Humanities Conference, UNC-Asheville
  • 2007: "Plautus Menaechmi 210-211: Greek or Roman Meats?" CAMWS, Cincinnati OH
  • Medieval Latin Manuscripts: Living the Humanistic Ideal in the 21st Century" CAMWS-Southern Section,  Memphis, TN
  • 2006: "Livy and the Aventine Sanctuary of Diana in Archaic Rome," CAMWS, Gainesville, FL
  • 2005: "'Nothing to do with Aristodemus?': the Late Archaic Triple Diana from Lake Nemi," APA-AIA, Boston
  • 2005: "'Mysteries' of Diana's Cult at Lake Nemi in the Nottingham Collection," CAMWS, Madison, WI