John Lawless

Assistant Professor

Contact Information:


Ruane Center for the Humanities 114


Ph.D. - Brown University

Area(s) of Expertise:

I have taught Greek, Latin and ancient history at Providence College for almost three decades. My specific interests include the following: Greek poetry; mythology; Greek tragedy; Greek intellectual history; Seneca; medieval Latin; classical America (i.e. influence of Greece and Rome on America from the founding to modern times); classical tradition (influence of ancient cultures on European art, literature and music); ancient India. In recent years I have revived my studies in Sanskrit and have taught a few students this ancient language as well.

Selected Presentations:

Lawless, J. Classical Association of New England. , Manchester, NH - "Paper: Misogyny in the Fables of Babrius" March, 2014

Lawless, J. Classical Association of New England. , Storrs, CT - "Paper: Hunted by Eros: Alcaeus of Messene Epigram 6 G-P (=AP 5.10); Session Chair: Paper Session III; Board Member: Rhode Island Representative to the Classical Association of New England (CANE)" March, 2013

Lawless, J. Classical Association of New England. , New London, CT - "Paper: Mucius Scaevola in Later Latin Literature" March, 2008