Kelly Shannon

Kelly Shannon-Henderson

Associate Professor of Classics
Undergraduate Advisor for Majors and Minors in Classical Civilization, Latin, and Greek
Advisor, Classics Honors Program


  • DPhil, Greek and Latin Languages and Literature, Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford


Dr. Shannon-Henderson's research focuses on prose literature, both Greek and Latin, of the Imperial period, particularly the 1st and 2nd centuries AD. She has recently published two books: a monograph examining religious material in Tacitus' Annals using cultural memory theory; and a critical edition, translation, and commentary on the Imperial Greek paradoxographer Phlegon of Tralles. Her current projects include a co-edited volume of critical essays on Tacitus, a commentary on fragmentary Greek historian Heraclides of Pontus, and a study of the Latin title "divus" in Roman literary and epigraphic texts. Teaching interests include ancient history, Greek and Latin at all levels, and mentoring undergraduate research projects in classics.  

Selected Publications


K.E. Shannon-Henderson. Religion and Memory in Tacitus’ AnnalsOxford University Press, 2019.

Received the Goodwin Award of Merit from The Society for Classical Studies in Fall, 2020.

Reviews of Religion and Memory:

James Uden, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.12.04

Matt Myers, “Tacitus and Religion,” The Classical Review online, 19 September 2019

K.E. Shannon-Henderson. Phlegon of Tralleis (1667). Fragmente der griechischen Historiker Part IV and Brill Jacoby Online. Brill, 2019. (130,000-word critical edition, translation, and commentary)

Articles and Book Chapters

K.E. Shannon-Henderson. “Constructing a New Imperial Paradoxography: Phlegon and His Sources,” in Literature and Culture in the Roman Empire, 96-235: Cross-Cultural Interactions, edd. A. König, R. Langlands, and J. Uden. Cambridge University Press, 2020, pp. 159-178. (in press)

K.E. Shannon-Henderson.  “Life After Transition: Spontaneous Sex Change and Its Aftermath in Ancient Literature,” in Exploring Gender Diversity in the Ancient World, edd. A. Surtees and J. Dyer. Intersectionality in Classical Antiquity. Edinburgh University Press, 2020, pp. 67-78. (in press: March, 2020)

K.E. Shannon-Henderson. “Phlegon’s Paradoxical Physiology: Centaurs in the Peri Thaumasion,” in Medicine and Paradoxography (De Gruyter, Trends in Classics Supplementary Volume 81), ed. G. Kazantzidis, 2019, pp. 141-162.

K.E. Shannon-Henderson. ‘Women in Thucydides: Absence and Inferiority.’ Women and the Ideology of Political Exclusion: From Antiquity to the Modern Era, edd. A. Tsakiropoulou-Summers and K. Kitsi-Mytakou. Routledge, 2018. pp. 89-103

K.E. Shannon.”Livy and Tacitus on Floods: Intertextuality, Prodigies, and Cultural Memory.” Les historiens grecs et romains: entre sources et modèles, edd. O. Devillers and B.B. Sebastiani. Ausonius Éditions, 2018. Pp. 233-246.

K.E. Shannon. “Aetiology of the Other: Foreign Religions in Tacitus’ Histories.” In Von Ursachen sprechen. Eine aitiologische Spurensuche / Telling origins. The structures of aetiological narrative, edd. C. Reitz and A. Walter, Georg Olms Verlag, 2014. pp 271-300

K.E. Shannon. “Authenticating the Marvellous: Mirabilia in Pliny the Younger, Tacitus, and Suetonius.” Working Papers on Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic Literature 1.9, 2013.

K.E. Shannon. “Memory, Religion, and History in Nero’s Great Fire: Tacitus Annals 15.41-7.” Classical Quarterly 62 (2012), 749-765.

K.E. Shannon. “Livy’s Cossus and Augustus, Tacitus’ Germanicus and Tiberius: A Historiographical Allusion.” Histos 5 (2011), 266-282.



K.E. Shannon. 2017.  ‘Tacitus’ Histories, Provincial Soldiers, and Didactic Historiography.’ (Review of. J. Master, Provincial Soldiers and Imperial Instability in the Histories of Tacitus (University of Michigan Press, 2016).) Histos 11, xci-xcvii.

K.E. Shannon. 2015. S.J.V. Malloch, The Annals of Tacitus, Book 11 (Cambridge, 2013). Exemplaria Classica 19, 197-200.