Texas Tech University

Pamela Zinn

Assistant Professor of Classics

Ph.D. in Classics, Trinity College Dublin
Office: 246

Dr. Zinn is a Classicist whose research and teaching are broadly concerned with Latin literature, Hellenistic philosophy, Greco-Roman intellectual history, and the Classical Tradition.

She specializes in Golden Age Latin poetry, with particular emphasis on Lucretius and his De rerum natura. Her work focuses on the Roman contribution to Hellenistic philosophy, animals in antiquity, and ancient theories about the mind and senses. She is currently preparing her doctoral thesis on animals and philosophy of mind in Lucretius for publication as a monograph.

Dr. Zinn teaches Latin language and literature courses at all levels, as well as courses on Classical Civilization, such as 'Animals in Ancient Thought'. She is interested in supervising both graduate and undergraduate research on Latin poetry, Epicureanism, Hellenistic philosophy, Animals, the late Roman Republic, and Roman cultural and intellectual history.

In addition to her research and teaching in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, Dr. Zinn is currently affiliated with the following at Texas Tech: ''The Animal' in the Humanities' Working Group, the Program in Inquiry and Investigation (Pi^2), the Women's and Gender Studies Program, and the Humanities Center at Texas Tech - where she is a 2019 Alumni Fellow. Dr. Zinn also co-organized 'Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference', an international conference held at Tech from March 21st-23rd 2019.

Academic Publications

Articles and Book Chapters

  • 'Lucretius On Sound', in S. Butler and S. Nooter (eds). 2018. Sound and the Ancient Senses. Routledge. pp. 130-49.
  • 'Lucretius On Time and Its Perception', in Kriterion: Special Issue - New Developments in Philosophy of Time, F. Fischer (ed.), 30.2 (2016): 125-51.
  • 'On the Early Printed Editions of Lucretius', in B. M. Da Rif (ed.) 2009. Civiltà italiana e geografie d'Europa: XIX Congresso A.I.S.L.L.I.,19-24 Settembre 2006, Trieste, Capodistria, Padova, Pola: relazioni. Firenze: Leo S. Olschki. pp. 234-7.


  • Németh, A. 2017. Epicurus On the Self. Routledge: Issues in Ancient Philosophy, London, New York , in Syzetesis 5.1 (2018):107-11.
  • Maso, S. 2015. Grasp and Dissent: Cicero and Epicurean Philosophy. Turnhout, in Hermathena 195.2 (2013 ) [2018]: 83-88.
  • Fratantuono, L. 2015. A Reading of Lucretius' De rerum natura. Lanham, Boulder, New York, London, in Classical Philology 112.4 (2017): 501–6.
  • Cobbold, G. B. 2016. Lucretius, The Nature of the Universe: A translation of De rerum natura by Titus Lucretius Carus. Mundelein IL, in Classical Outlook 91.3 (2016): 106-7.
  • Mazzocco, G. (ed.) 2006. Interpretations of Renaissance Humanism. Brill: Leiden, in Vivarium 47.1 (2009): 143-44.
  • Cristoforo Landino. 2008. Poems. trans. M. P. Chatfield. Villa I Tatti Renaissance Library. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, in Renaissance Quarterly 62.4 (2009): 1208-09.


Classical Language & Literature Studies