Maxwell Paule
Assistant Professor of Ancient and Classical Studies

Maxwell Paule is a classical studies scholar who explores ancient magic, erotic Roman poetry and the intersection of the two. He incorporates these topics into such courses as, “Magic and Witches in the Ancient World” and “Damn the Gods.”

He describes Earlham students as, “inquisitive, intellectually curious, and passionate.”

Contact Info

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226 Carpenter Hall

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10:00-11:00am or by appointment


  • Languages & Literatures
  • Ancient and Classical Studies


  • Ph.D., The Ohio State University
  • M.A., The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Oberlin College

Selected Courses:

"Magic and Witches in the Ancient World" is an Earlham Seminar in which students explore the role and prevalence of magic and magical practitioners in ancient Greece and Rome.

"Damn The Gods" is a mythology course that focuses on Greco-Roman divinities and the oftentimes terrible narratives that surround them.

I am fascinated by ancient magic and erotic Roman poetry. I am especially fascinated by the intersection of those two.

I am currently revising an article on the Latin Witch Vocabulary, and I have a piece in progress on Canidia's role as a child-killing demon in Horace's fifth epode.


“Quae Saga, Quis Magus: On the Vocabulary of the Roman Witch”   Forthcoming in Classical Quarterly (2015)

Book Review

Susan Shelmerdine, Introduction to Latin, 2nd Edition. Newburyport: Focus Publishing, 2013.  In Bryn Mawr Classical Review (2013)   


“Incipe, parve puer, cognoscere Canidiam: Visions of Civil War in Horace’s Fifth Epode” Ancient Literary and Visual Representations of the Roman Civil Wars  of the 40s and 30s BC (Margherita di Savoia, Puglia, Italy)

“Hag and Snatcher: Canidia as Child-Killing Demon in Horace’s Epode 5” at The Classical Association of the Midwest and South (Baton Rouge, LA)

“Canidia’s Many Faces:  On the Pluralistic Nature of the Roman ‘Witch’ ” at The Classical Association of the Midwest and South (Grand Rapids, MI)

“The Sparrow’s Death at Troy: A Metapoetic Reading of Catullus 65” at The Classical Association of the Midwest and South (Tulsa, OK)

“The Portentous Owl, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bubo” at On the Border: Animals, Hybrids and Monsters in Ancient Culture, (joint conference between The Ohio State University and the University of Sienna, Italy)

“Killing Lines: Archilochus as Efficacious Poetry” at Iambic Deadly Rhymes: A Colloquium of Wit and Satire (The Ohio State University)

“Redefining Necromancy” at Per Purum Tonans: Aspects of the Natural and Supernatural in Antiquity   (University of Virginia)

Member of the American Philological Association (APA)
Member of the Classical Association of the Midwest and South (CAMWS)

I've chosen to teach at Earlham because Earlham's students honestly care about their education. They are inquisitive, intellectually curious, and passionate. What more could a professor ask for from a student?

When I'm not teaching, I enjoy cooking, photography, or — in rare moments — traveling abroad.


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