Chris Lougheed

Research Interests

Latin literature; Late Antiquity; Epistolography; Literary self-presentation

Christopher Lougheed’s research interests centre on late imperial Latin and Greek epistolography. His current work focuses on the published Letters of the late Roman senator Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, the longest extant letter collection in Latin, and the way that it responds to public perceptions of its author.

His teaching interests include Latin language and literature, Greek and Roman society and culture, epic poetry and letter-writing.


PhD, 2017, University of Alberta

MA, 2010, Université de Montréal

BA, 2007, Queen’s University


“Gregory of Nazianzus and Q. Aurelius Symmachus: The Conflict between East and West and Elite Self-presentation in Later Fourth-Century AD Rome and Constantinople,” Mouseion, Series III, Vol. 16 (2019): 1–24.

Translation of selected letters of Fronto for Medicine, Health, and Healing in Ancient Greece and Rome (500 BCE-600 CE): A Sourcebook, ed. Kristi Upson-Saia, Heidi Marx, Jared Secord (University of California Press, 2023)

Review of María Pilar García Ruiz and Alberto J. Quiroga Puertas (eds.) Emperors and Emperorship in Late Antiquity: Images and Narratives (Leyden: Brill, 2021) in the Ancient History Bulletin, Vol. 12 (2022): 18-21.

Selected Conference Presentations

  • “The Letters of Symmachus as Consolation”, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting (London, May 2022)
  • “Retrieving and Misfiling State Papers in Late Antiquity”, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting (online, May 2021)
  • “The War with Gildo and the Publication of the Letters of Symmachus”, Society for Classical Studies/Archaeological Institute of America Annual Meeting (San Diego, January 2019)
  • “A Popular War? The Legacy of the War with Gildo in Claudian’s On the Consulship of Stilicho Book 3 and the Letters of Symmachus”, Atlantic Classical Association Annual Meeting (St. Mary’s University, October 2018)
  • “Symmachus and Cultivation of the Powerful in the Letters: A Western Innovation in Late Antique Literary Self-presentation?”, Classical Association of Canada Annual Meeting (Calgary, May 2018)